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2001 Cable Car Competition

2001 Cable Car Competition

On Friday, February 23, 2001, the TCC Engineering Club hosted a Cable Car Competition.  The goal of the contest was to build a cable car that could propel itself along a 125' cable over TCC's lake.  The cable car had to be built using an 11,500 rpm, 12V DC motor from Radio Shack and a 9V battery.  Of the 21 cable cars that were entered in the competition, 11 made it across the lake as required, and two ended up on the bottom of the lake!  The first place prize went to Brandon Belford whose car, built using a computer mouse, completed the course in an amazing 10.20 seconds!  Matt Jones, shown in his kayak in the background, provided a valuable service in rescuing stalled cable cars.  In the background photo, notice the cable car just over Matt's head!

Cable Car Contest Results: (Excel format)  (Adobe Acrobat format)

Rule Sheet for the Cable Car Competition:(Word format) (Adobe Acrobat format)

Photos of the contest