2013 Contraptors Rally PosterWelcome to the 2nd Annual

Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally

July 21, 2013, 3pm-9pm


Come one, come all!  Bring your strange and wonderful vehicles to the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard for adventure!

NEW! July 15th: Folks are working up a storm getting ready for the race! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgbnnaN4cuA

NEW! June 5th: Here is an Update Video: http://youtu.be/ux0Wx55o9Bs

Application Form

Click here for online application form. Or, try these PDF Forms:  2012 Obtainium Cup Application Form   2013 Obtainium Cup Waiver Form

Obtainium Cup 2012 -- Mare Island -- Marc Garman-2 Who, What, Where When, how!

The Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally is a human-powered sculptural vehicle rally and festival on historic Mare Island in Vallejo, California on Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 3pm – 9pm. Inspired by the  Kinetic Grand Championship in Arcata, CA which has been happening since the late 1960’s and draws thousands of viewers to the area over the 3-day event, the Obtainium Cup is a one-day event and will begin at the Coal Sheds Studios at the waterfront of Mare Island.

2010 Maker Fair--Hennepin CrawlerThe Course:

The racers will assemble at the Coal Sheds at 1pm and line up for the starting gun at 3pm. They will then rally to the first hazard at Western Dovetail where the racers will encouter the “flying monkey” obstacle and then continue to the the Heritage Preserve for a zombie attack at the half way point. On the way back, the vehicles will have to maneuver through a Mad Hatter Tea Party! The racers will then return to the Coal Sheds via Walnut Avenue, where they will complete an art challenge at the end of the rally. The course is around 4.5 miles in length with only a couple of 2% grade sections.

2013 Obtainium Cup Road Rally Map


This event is a human-powered contraptor’s rally so will include vehicles that can be driven without the use of a motor and can be an art piece or a bicycle that has been altered in some fashion. Participants will receive trophies, medals and the grand champion will have their name on the Obtainium Cup Trophy.

2010 MakerFaire-RecumbantEntry Info:

If you want to enter a vehicle or a costumed bicycle in the rally, please fill out the entry form no later than July 14, 2013. Cost is $25 per entrant.  All entries will receive a special medal and a certificate for their participation. Click here for the online application form. Or try our PDF forms: 2012 Obtainium Cup Application Form   2013 Obtainium Cup Waiver Form.

Food and Refreshment Vendors:

There will be food trucks, beer, wine and drinks at the Coal Sheds which is at the start and end of the rally. This is also where the public can view the final art challenge and the vehicles. Once the rally is complete we will have an after-party which will have food, drinks, and entertainment for a nominal fee.


Join in the fun! We need assistance in the following areas: traffic control, Zombie Horde, Mad Hatters, set up, clean up, Serving food and drinks, and more!

Click here to sign up!

Arts/Crafts Vendors:

At the Coal Shed, there will be hand-crafted items for sale. If you’re interested in vending the event, please contact us at 925-254-7643 or Obtainium Cup at gmail dot com for more information.

Obtainium Cup 2012 -- Mare Island -- Marc Garman-1

For more information, contact:

For up to date information on the event, check the Obtainium Cup Facebook page.

Click here for the online application form. Or try our PDF forms: 2012 Obtainium Cup Application Form   2013 Obtainium Cup Waiver Form