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The annual Oxford Cambridge boat race attracts a global
audience of 400 million, so it's popular enough to warrant a
rival, land based version. Instead of boats the competing teams
would man multi legged, articulated millipedes each capable of
holding 51 rowers, - one for every set of two legs
sculler to shout directions and make encouraging noises. The
legs of the millipedes would be controlled by the same rowing
motion as the boats and would race across an undulating
terrain at high speed. As the rowers would face backwards,
just as in the water based version, the job of the sculler
would be vital to ensure that the millipede did not careen out
on control and topple over, as once on its back it would have
great difficulty righting itself. Variations would be many - mud
hill climbing, greyhound track events, sprints and city street
marathons are all possible.
Remove the sails and add rowers, and this is candidate "land rower" [Vernon, Aug 25 2015]
||This idea could only be improved by the addition of some sort of flaming, fiery obstacle that would need to be negotiated at an impractically high speed.
||This was one of the first ideas I posted here..... Seems like
long time ago now.
||It's not the years, it's the bunnage.
||//sculler// sp. "cox", Shirley?
||Probably, but who wants to be a cox?
||//Oxford Cambridge boat race// Sp. "Cambridge