Is it still Blizzard if everything is melting?

In a complete 180 from the frostbite-threatening air of 2016, Blizzard Baja at this year was a summer vacation. We had a ton of fun returning to Michigan Tech regardless, and everyone got to drive around this year, even if it wasn't on the official racecourse!

"Let me adjust the settings again, there's a lot of white in there"

But backtracking to the beginning, we started out dark and early doing some final checks on Knuckles and Elbows, before passing through Tech Inspection and the infamous pickled egg dynamic event.

Waiting for Tech Inspection: even Gilly Monsters need their beauty sleep.

Waiting for Tech Inspection: even Gilly Monsters need their beauty sleep.

Before we knew it, the race was on! We were doing pretty well, switching out drivers every 3 laps for Knuckles and every 4 for Elbows.

Luke in Elbows (38) about to pass Joe in Knuckles (14).

But then - plot twist! - about an hour and a half into the race, they had to stop the cars because it was too warm and the track was turning into complete mush. The large tabletop section was still intact though, so officials had us race in a loop around the parking lot and the tabletop, and we got our remaining cats and kittens into Knuckles to take a few spins.

Newly be-whiskered!

We left tired and happy, and are excited to return next year for a hopefully moderately-frozen comp. Third time's the charm, as they say.

And thank you to the talented Amanda Nicole for her photographs! Check out her Facebook here.