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Piccolo Pete Races on the 4th of July Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Piccolo Pete Races on the 4th of JulyMark Vaughn

A SoCal neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July with Piccolo Pete races, which is exactly what you think it is.

The Monsignor leads off with the benediction.

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A typical entry. Does the metal body effect power-to-weight too much?

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This oen started well...

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School bus modified to hold 19 Piccolos Pete.

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This entry used downward-sloping Petes for stability.

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This one shows promise...

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Wrong direction!

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A local kid does a stunning rendition of Jimmy Hendricks' Star Spangled Banner.

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My pathetic attempt at rocketry, as advised by race organizers.

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The crowd shows respect.

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ALl that remained of my entry, after it crashed into the wall.

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Organizers assembled my rockets.

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Thawley's entry. Note the carbon fiber chassis.

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A single-Pete offering...

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ANd we're off!

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The starting line, similar to NHRA at Pomona.

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A single-rocket entry.

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...heads into oblivion.

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To finish first, first you must find the finish line.

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The larger blow torch to light all the fuses at once.

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This technique was developed after 25 years of racing.

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Straightness is the key.

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All fuses lit, sir!

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Thawley holds the Formula 1 of Piccolo Pete racers.

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He checks alignment...

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Then he's off, with a winning run!

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Another entry leaves teh starting line.

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...and another...

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The JPL Trimiran, with three sequential fuses.

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...it, too, hit the wall.

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It's a family race...

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Thawley accepts congratulations from a fan.

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Thawley and another winner. This kid had 135 Piccolo Petes on his entry.

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Family photos.

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