Steampunk has been a huge subculture for years, with a growing fan base online. But some of us take that extra step to make our very own steam powered…anything! But here at Automopedia we’re only interested in modes of transit (except for an exceptional steam powered R2-D2) – Take a look at some of the more interesting ways to get from point A to B with a little bit of steam.
Jay Leno’s Steam Car
Late night comedian Jay Leno has one of the largest (and strangest) collection of automobiles and motorcycles of any celebrity. His endeavor to reconstruct a steam car has inspired others to take on this challenge. You can follow the story of a 1909 model (pictured above) at The Steampunk Workshop or view one of Jay’s steam projects in the video below:
Steam Powered Time Machine
Exactly how Dr. Emmet Brown invented a steam-powered time machine out of a locomotive is a mystery that will perplex Back to the Future fans until the end of days. Of course, any good BTTF fan isn’t that into Part III anyway. But we have to give a hat tip to Doc for taking steampunk and turning it into a way to travel not just through time, but also in the air. “Marty! It runs on steam!”
Million Dollar Steam Cycle
Got a million dollars to spare? Then head on over to Japan and pick up one of these limited edition, specially made steam motorcycles. Chicara Nagata builds these cycles for very prestigious riders; each consists of approximately 500 parts and takes about 7500 hours to complete.
Steam Powered Art Car
Burning Man is more than just a place for stoners to converge and drop acid while listening to live music for days on end. It’s an event that explores outrageous and eco-friendly inventions and art. 2008’s Burning Man Art Cars were some of the most impressive, including this desert-ready topless steam automobile. Get your goggles on kids!
Steam Rocket Ship
We’ve talked before about British Steam-powered rocket car that hits almost 200 miles per hour. But it’s so fantastic that it’s worth another mention. This vehicle is made from almost 100% recycled parts, and has University of South Hampton students receiving recognition for their ingenious and environmentally friendly experiment.
If the Royal Navy had a steam powered land tank during World War I the conflict may have ended much faster. This land roving battleship concept comes from a designer who sought inspiration from the H.G.Wells Classic “The Land Ironclads.” Maybe Wells should have been on the Queen’s payroll for military design.