Yes! we have enough contestants for a rugby team… That’s 15. Ten advance points to all!!! if no more people enter that’s a 50% chance for each of these people —well over a 50% chance as some have entered in all 3 categories, to get a prize!
With much applaud and excitement, we are happy to announce that we are teaming up with Countess Simona as a sponsor for Splendid Tea Pot Racing NZ at the Steampunk Festival 2017!
But with such a fun opportunity comes great responsibility! We need to come up with an awesome name for the New t leaf T Trophy which will be given to the winner of the Drag Racing event – considered the ‘cog of fun’ for the race.
We would love your ideas and if your suggestion is chosen, a little prize pack will be coming your way!
It gives the Captain and me the greatest pleasure to be able to announce the most exciting news since the Darlings, La Falconesse Lady Steampunk Helen and Agent Darling, said, “Yes, we believe in you – go ahead … race teapots!”. We have been offered sponsorship from a wide variety of institutions for the 2017 Splendid Teapot Racing series. It is our great pleasure to list them here – with links.
The Amelia Dangerfield Trophy for Overall Splendidness.
The Amelia Dangerfield Foundation and tLeaf T shop have pulled together to offer a wondrous prize:
The Amelia Dangerfield Trophy and $100.00 cash from the Foundation
Zente Blue Tea Pot, Tea Scoop, Kawakawa Fire Tea, NZ Breakfast Tea, Berrylicious Tisane from tLeaf T
Professor Phoenicea Carwardine and I arrived independently, at the same time, at our destination. Tonight we were not cloak and dagger secret agents, but two ambassadors of splendidness, indeed, none other than Splendid Teapot Racing Splendidness. Our destination was the delightful tleaf T Shoppe on Willis St, Wellington. Who are the major prize sponsors of Splendid Teapot Racing at the Oamaru Steampunk Festival 2017.
A delightfully visually rich space filled to the brim with colour, smells and pattern. Light citrus and rose petal notes mingling with bright oranges and rich reds and fine bone china gold leaf. A sensual embracing cocoon of sumptuousness and luxury, a space that draws you in and you don’t want to leave. At least not without some delicious and quality product.
Shaz, tleaf T ninja, [ in reality, a drummer in a heavy metal band…I didn’t pick that one] met me at the people travelator and whisked me off to the shop, where the always punctual Professor was waiting. We met Kate, tleaf T guru, who magically concocted us a delicious brew of ginger quince tea and gave us a tour of the premises. This tea was so delicious that the countess left with some of this brew in her clutches.
So what were we doing there?
We were there at their express invitation to accept an extremely generous and exciting offer from tleafT for the sponsorship of the Splendid Teapot Racing event at the Oamaru Steampunk Festival 2017. What does this mean for contestants? That there are … prizes for winning a section at the racing. Beautiful prizes. We are so excited and thankful to Tleaf for this expression of splendidness.
So, who is tleaf T? tleaf T is the home of New Zealand’s most exciting range of teas and infusions from around the world.
Twelve years ago tea lovers John and Amanda Van Gorp noticed a gap in the market.
Over several years John and Amanda travelled all over, visiting exotic tea gardens and creating relationships within the global tea trade to bring the world of tea to New Zealanders.
With over 8 million cups of t Leaf T brewed every year, and more than 160 teas and infusions packaged, and hand blended at their HQ in Petone, they remain devoted to the increasing demand for a good cuppa, and the significant value of tea moments. You can shop online and in their Dukes Arcade Store in the heart of Wellington. They encourage you to experience different infusions through smell and taste, explore the rich history of tea with their enthusiastic team and above all else, enjoy!
Because they, as do we, believe: Tea is important.
Whakawhetai tLeaf T! Some lucky people are going to win some beautiful product.
On March 25, 2017, a splendid group of Steampunkers (collective noun yet to be settled upon) assembled at Cuba Dupa in Dixon St, Wellington, to Splendidly Race Teapots (STR). The race occurred after a very spectacular and noisy parade from Ghuznee St down Cuba Mall to the racing arena. This marvellous Steampunk event was organised by the awesome members of Capital! Steam and extra race track pieces were purloined from Steampunk Taranaki.
The combined obstacles resulted in the nose hair withering double Ramp of Doom making its first appearance, yes, you heard it correctly the DOUBLE Ramp of Doom (DRoD). The DRoD was a darsedly and devious adaptation to the wacky races and caused a considerable amount of consternation (especially in the middle bit).
Making its first grand appearance was Capital! Steams Victoria’s Bells a stunning little number made by the talented Martyn and succeeded in snagging a few rigs – the ones that attempted U-turns. Making a significant impression on the Captain and I was, Steampunk Taranaki’s wibbly wobbly bridge with the additional reminder of danger, a Monty Pythonesque skeleton at the base. So enamoured with the potential of this obstacle, that, the Captain and I are in serious negotiations to recreate this for Oamaru.
There are some standout honourable mentions of peculiar antics in a spectacular day of fun and frivolity, notably the spectators who enjoyed all the usual thrills and spills of STR. An estimated 1000 people of the 100,000 strong crowd stopped and viewed the racing, we very much congested the street.
Professor Phoenicea Carwardine and I enjoyed first-rate bribery which was again of a superb standard. The Steam Mahouts did themselves proudly and provided the very best Royal Darjeeling sweet tea and sweets. There were lashings of chocolate, quince pears and assorted shiny bits, all very much appreciated. Some bribes were essential, especially to cover up such unexpected events such as heads rolling off…..
The stand out contraption of the day, complete with mini me was, of course, Kat Douglas’ Splendid mobility device, the Katmobile. While the Katmobile (the larger) disgraced its self in an attempt to manoeuvre on the course, the mini-me clone did not. In the skilled hands of Neave R Willoughby, mini-me performed quite satisfactorily.
The good Colonel Hawthorne driving the Snark Cooker took some obstacles with him for a small drive. The professor and I were momentarily worried that this would result in a disqualification for breaching height restrictions but breathed a collective sigh of relief as the “Snark” unhooked itself and emerged unscathed.
The valiant Captain Various also rearranged the Chasm of Death on the course, but as co-inventor of STR, we thought he could take liberties. However Snoopy didn’t like the wibbly wobbly bridge.
Special mention to the splendid efforts of our younger drivers who totally embodied the spirit of Splendid Teapot Racing – Huzzah!
The SuccessfulCandidates 2017
(VOUCHER Clockwork Steampunk Emporium) Most entertaining: Spencer – Driver: Prof. Joules Ampere, Steampunk Taranaki
(VOUCHER Clockwork Steampunk Emporium) Best racing round: Ateapotosaurus traxas wellingtonia – Driver: Lord Edmund, Wellington
Most splendid: Pavel Peacock – Driver: Lady Watsonia Victorious! Ohms, Steampunk Taranaki
When: 4 June Saturday, 3-5 pm racing to start at 3.30pm.
Where : Oamaru Club, 32 Severn Street, Oamaru
Ticket Information: Event finder (link here) or at the door on the day.
Children : $10.00
120 tickets sold now – still heaps of room and don’t forget our special lounge lizard area for brave little and big people who want to get up close and personal to the action.
Get in amongst it folks, 15 hardy Tepoti entered, plenty of room for more.
There even is a rumor that the Countess herself, is going to have a race. Parents will have to protect their children, ladies will need smelling salts and gentlemen stiff brandy is in order as there will be danger and mayhem.
If you thought Splendid Teapot Racing was fun, wait until you see this……for your eyes only, the esteemed Colonel Hawthorne will show a cameo performance of Splendid Teapot sheep herding.
Come one, come all, come and join the hilarity and nonsense of Splendid Teapot Racing.