Gotta love it when someone has a zany idea for Des Moines and then makes it happen! Joe and I stopped by El Bait Shop on Sunday for the “Tuk Tuk Goose Chase,” an event that featured a fleet of decorated three-wheel auto rickshaws.
The event was the brainchild of a local guy, Matt Smith, and featured costumes, pimped-out tuk tuks and amused spectators. Check out this awesome video of him securing “the motherload” of these things from a guy in smalltown Nebraska.
The concept was like of like a road rally, and apparently there were tuk-tuk jousting and polo competitions planned for later in the day. It was fun to see how different companies decked them out and it looked like the teams had a great time driving them around.
My favorite was probably the yarn-bombed Goodsmiths tuk tuk:
The event itself was definitely a passion project and I’m sure there were mind-boggling logistics involved. Hopefully there’s a next year and the challenges become a little more spectator-oriented, because it could be a blast.
The Tonka Tuk:
As I was taking this photo, Brian Sauer from Saturday Mfg. was asking whether the thing should smell like burning. Ha!
As it was, Joe and I grabbed some burger baskets for lunch and watched the tuk-tuks whizz in and out of the parking lot. So cool to see a concept like this come to reality.
Listen to the story John Pemble from Iowa Public Radio did on the event: http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/inaugural-tuk-tuk-goose-race