The 12th annual Combined Federal Campaign fundraising Pumpkin Chuck was held on the runway adjacent to the National Museum of the USAF. The weather was cool with a cross-wind and rain in the morning. We had 3 Class ‘A' machines (Team ETHOS, American Chuckers, and Chunkworks), a number of small machines, and a human powered fundraising machine.
The Phoenix kicked off the event with a great shot (trace of pumpkin in picture) of 3086 feet! Once the celebration died down, we tuned up to a higher load for shots 2 and 3. Shot 2 hooked badly left, traveling 2719 feet. Shot 3, however, was spectacular, covering 3319 feet and insuring a contest win. American Chuckers had shots of 1726, 1703, & 1843 feet while ChunkWorks had shots of 1526 & 1795 with one shot not found.
Our shot earned $513 for charity. A report of the total fundraising from the contest is still pending.
Team ETHOS began their travel to the 3-day World Championships on Wednesday, covering the 575 miles in 1-2 days, depending on the team member. We setup The Phoenix on Thursday. The Torsion Division has six competitors including, Team ETHOS, Onager, Chucky 3, Alesia Gaul Busters, Roman Revenge, and, new-comer Shenanigans.
Day 1: Friday the 4th: We were “on-the-clock” at 0830 in the morning. It was cold with a bit of a head wind. Our machine (and team) was not awake yet and threw a spiralling shot of 2198 feet, placing us in 2nd place for the day. Ranges for the others were Roman Revenge - 2331, Onager ranging 2128, Chucky - 982, Alesia Gaul Busters - pie, and Shenanigans - 173 feet. We tuned up more (thanks Onager for the loan of team members) getting ready for day 2.
Day 2: Our shot time was a much more civilized 1215. Temperature was in the low 60s with a slight wind from the left. Onager made a fantastic shot of 2787 to put pressure on us. Team Captain, Bob Carbo, said in fun “I throw down the gauntlet”, to which I replied “Bob, I pick it right up!” Our shot was fantastic, traveling very straight and lifting. Even with a high release angle, we achieved a great shot of 3202, putting us in first place for the day. The other teams scored as follows. Roman Revenge - 1864, Alesia Gaul Busters - 1108, Chucky - pie, and Shenanigans - pie. We then tuned up even more, readying ourselves for Day 3
Day 3: This day must be prefaced with a note about an accident that occured at the very end of the contest. A cannon breech exploded during a shot and the breech plate struck a woman in the head. The head injury is very serious, with the woman (a producer for Sharp Entertainment) in critical condition. As of 5 days later, we still have not heard any news. Another person was hit by shrapnel, but is ok. Due to this, all scores of the day were not posted. UDATE: We have an update on the injured producer. She is recovering, but it will be a long road. See this CNN.com article for more information. It sounds like she has a great spirit and is positive about the situation! Day 3 Wrap Up: As I said above, we pied. I’m not sure of all the other’s ranges as the Association has not published final results. I do know that our Day 2 shot of 3202 feet held on as the Division first place.