Steampunk to the Max

Are a mad vehicular tinkerer who needs a public fix to show off his or her demented talents?

If you have what it takes to ‘Punk Your Ride’, then make sure you enter the Steampunk to the Max Car Parade and Display taking place in Thames on November 14.

The Steampunk to the Max ‘Punk Your Ride’ Car Parade and Display will roar into town during the Steampunk the Thames Festival taking place from November 13-15.
Photo: Peter James Quinn

Festival organiser Deb McDonald Brown says to take part in the parade and display any mode of transport will do – bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, car, train, plane, tractor or truck.

“You will need dollops of imagination, ingenuity and determination to modify any old vehicle be it roadworthy, trailered or towed,” she says. “This is real world art using real world salvaged materials in amazingly cool ways.

“We want to celebrate the offbeat, the spectacular, the fringe and the feral. Paint or attach, mould or glue, rivets or screws? Festoon it with scrapyard junk, how you do it is up to you.”

Deb adds that this is your chance to “release your road rage and steampunk
the hell out of your ride”.

There will be awesome prizes for best contraptions. The question is – are you madder than Max?

Steampunk to the Max ‘Punk your Ride’ Car Parade and Display takes place on Pahau St in Thames on Saturday, November 14, from 10am to 2pm.

For more information visit the Steampunk the Thames website at:, the festival’s Facebook page or email:


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