This blog post is dedicated to Donna Rose, the lady who inspired Countess Simona to create the sport of Splendid Teapot Racing. For the story of how it transpired, read on.
What is Splendid Teapot Racing?
The Inspiration Behind Splendid Teapot Racing
A Bit About Countess Simona: Living and Breathing the Value of Diversity
Splendid Teapot Racing Around the World
In keeping with its colonial legacy, there have been a few rogue teapot racing events that have occurred in Australia without the Splendid Teapot Racing imprimatur – the last was the Eskbank Steampunk 2016 event at Eskbank House and Museum in Lithgow on 30 July 2016. Perhaps the colony has now been chastened into good behaviour as we note that the Goulburn Historic Waterworks will host the Steampunk Victoriana Fair on Saturday 15 October with Splendid Teapot Racing and the blessing of the Countess on the afternoon’s agenda.
The course taken by the racing teapots which have staggered start times involve navigating between six and ten obstacles. There is a 3-minute maximum time limit allowed. Obstacles include breakables such as precariously balanced teacups and the odd candlestick. Breakages are common so don’t drag out your Wedgewood ‘Cornucopia’ or your Clarice Cliff pieces if you’re setting up the course!
Where To From Here for Splendid Teapot Racing?
No greyhounds, thoroughbred horses or other animals are harmed through the adoption of this sporting pastime!