Drilling the competition: Power tools give new meaning to drag racing


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Two cars powered by plug in power tools race down a course outside Home Depot Saturday during the areas first Powered Drill Drag Race.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Brent Bush of Freetown, left, and Richard Teipen of Seymour set up their power-tool powered race cars Saturday outside Home Depot in Seymour. The drag racers had to be under one-foot wide, two-foot tall and two-foot long and powered by a normal plug in power tool.

To many, the sound of power tools is the sound of work, while for others, it’s the sound of creativity.

The whir of the drill might mean adding a roof to a birdhouse or setting the boards for an outdoor deck, but others know the true potential of a power drill is to fly.

For Greg Kiste of Seymour, a power drill is more than a tool. Add wheels and a frame, and the common garage power tool becomes a racer.

When Kiste first heard about power tool drag racing, he knew it was something he wanted to try.

“It’s a simple idea and something I can do in my spare time with spare parts to create something,” he said.

So Kiste set out to create a racer using spare wheels and other metals for a frame to add to his power drill. He built a track and later displayed his creation at the local Home Depot. He ultimately decided to organize a competition for himself and others with the same interest in creative engineering. The event also benefited a local homeless shelter.

On Saturday, Kiste and other participants brought their racers made of power drills, scrap metal, plastic bottles, training wheels and even crutches.

The rules were simple. Power tool racers could not exceed 12 inches wide, 24 inches long and 24 inches in height. Participants could use any hand tool that can be plugged in to an extension cord, but the tool itself cannot be modified.

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