The “Hardcopter,” as it came to be known:

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Hello! This is a description of our art car registration submission for Burning Man 2013,2014, and 2015.

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The Cargo Cult of Volis
On dark and dusty nights in the Hardware Shoppe, Hardwarians tell the old stories of the god Volis, who came back through time and space to give us duct tape so that we might fix the world. And so the Hardware Shoppe came to be, a temple for the clerics to carry out Volis’ command – to take all the cargo that is broken and lacking function, and give it new life. In our recent adventures, we came upon a rare piece of Volisian technology that had fallen into disrepair. It was a strange and brilliant device of a shape that resembles nothing else here on Earth. Using the divine teachings of Volis, we have resurrected the vehicle and have once again returned it to the service of all.

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Where once the clerics of BRC Hardware were forced to tread through the scorching desert to fix those things that couldn’t be brought to the Shoppe, now they are granted this sacred piece of cargo so that they may offer their services beyond the confines of the Shoppe.

Now, from the same people who brought you the Khussamobiles

…we present the Volismobile.

Breakdown

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Intent
Since 1999, we have been committed to our mission: to fix that which is broken– from civilian bike baskets to copper propane tubing to fixing The Man, Himself. But some things can’t be brought to us, and we wish to expand our service to reach more people. If the broken mountain cannot come to Hardware, Hardware would like to come to the mountain (and fix it.)

The pins on this map represent a portion of the fixes we made in-camp in 2010.

The pins on this map represent a portion of the fixes we made in-camp in 2010.

Remote projects often come with the arduous task of lugging our precious and heavy tools to the outskirts of the city. Our intent with a Hardware vehicle is to expand our area of service – simply put, to fix more things and provide a greater service to our community. This is not a mass transport vehicle, a roving DJ station, nor a party bus. There will be no large sound system or flame effects. This is a service and outreach vehicle for HxW Staff only.

The Chassis
This vehicle is made from a sparkling blue 1989 Chariot, a vehicle that was only in production for three years total. We guarantee you haven’t seen anything quite like it, even before it was fixed and returned to Volis’ service. The stock engine is a 2-stroke, 50cc scooter motor that has not been altered.

Additions
A steel tube frame is bolted to the original frame of the Chariot in the (rather cartoonish) shape of a Huey helicopter. Foam-padded rotors are spun on a low-torque motor with the lowest clutch setting, which will harmlessly cease spinning if obstructed by an object or person. This avoids the risk of injury to passers-by.

The body will be illuminated by a combination of LEDs, EL wire, strobes, and marine port and starboard lights in addition to the street-legal headlamp, brakelights, and blinkers. This should create a safe vessel for nighttime excursions. An adjustable search light will allow us to work on remote projects at night, and will provide extra safety if caught on the open playa during a dust storm.

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The Artists
Pipebomb and LeeNy are the brains and brawn behind the Khussamobiles, which made their on-playa appearance to rave reviews in 2006. Captain Howdy created the Logmower, which was in attendance on the playa in 2011 and 2012. Pipebomb and Howdy are scenic fabricators for Seattle’s premier theatres, specializing in metalworking, engine mechanics, pneumatics, electronics, and automation. LeeNy takes care of all fabric-related/skinning tasks, as well as contributing vision, documentation, and project coordination.