Splendid Teapot Racing – A History

Splendid Teapot Racing was conceived by Simone Montgomery in Dunedin, New Zealand.  She was looking for something that everyone, no matter their abilities could participate in, in a spirit of inclusiveness.  She had a friend, Donna Rose aka “Amelia Dangerfield” who was in a wheelchair that had a joystick controller, and came up with the idea of a remote controlled teapot.  With a remote controlled car and a teapot, the first Teapot racer, The Salty Seadog, was born. It’s first public contest was at the 2014 Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru.

Teapot racing in Clockwork Alchemy started in 2015 and has grown every year since.  

Splendid Teapot Racing at Clockwork Alchemy 2019

What is Tea Pot Racing?

Tea Pot Racing consists of a series of races, where specially modified, battery powered , remote control Tea Pot vehicles, maneuver in, out, and around a course of obstacles and hazards as a timed event.  Said time using New Zealand standards of 3 minutes.

Tea Pot Vehicle

All Tea Pot vehicles  will be battery powered  only, and will be stock R.C racers that conform to a set of factory standards. For safety  reasons no other motor or fuel type except batteries can be allowed.  Also it is the responsibility of each Vehicle owner racing at  Clockwork Alchemy to supply and maintain all batteries and chargers.  We will not supply emergency batteries.

When “modding” or decorating the vehicle,  only the actual outside body and chassis of the vehicle can be changed.  And it is up to individual racing team to design a vehicle safe enough to race, without damaging the course or property where the event is being conducted. All vehicles will be inspected before the races  by the race judges for safety. Questionable designs will be disqualified.  This is not a demolition derby.  So there will be no offensive modifications. Such as rams, projectiles, or fire of any sort incorporated in the vehicle design.