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A Day at the Races
Our entry for the Eurobricks Classic Town Contest over at Eurobricks.com
About this creation
"It's the fantastic drowse
Of the afternoon Sundays"

It's classic. And it's classy. Horse racing - the traditional weekend pastime of the British upper class. A celebration of sportsmanship, superior animal breeding ... oh yes, and vanity too. Beautiful thoroughbred animals racing with the wind for a coveted trophy, which will bring joy not only to their owners and caretakers, but also to thousands of people gazing from the stands... naturally, provided that they've put their money on the right horse.

Of course, there's always the occasional suspicious black suitcase passed on just before the end of a certain race, but that is a whole different story which, in keeping with the afore-mentioned "sportsmanship" factor, we would rather refrain from discussing. And while the blue-blooded spectators enjoy (or regret) the performance of their chosen horse from atop the VIP lounge, most regular folk just flock to the stadium with one thing in mind: betting. That automatically turns Sundays into the busiest days in any bookie's schedule - which of course they don't mind the least. Especially when there are proper means of covering the losses, so to speak. But I digress.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would hereby like to present to your attention our entry to the Eurobricks Classic Town Contest: "A Day at the Races". Even though this was a last minute entry, we did try our best to make it look presentable. The basic idea behind this one was to add something different to the Contest - so far we've seen marvellous downtown structures, town centres and squares. But we all know that, come the weekend, people prefer to have a chance of getting away from the big city, no matter how nice it is. Et voila - there you have it - all the bustle (and hustle) of the vivid LEGO town, albeit in a green rural setting.

This particular stadium was inspired by Dundalk Racing Stadium, which is one of the premier venues in horse racing. Our LEGO interpretation features a top-level VIP lounge with a separated commentator's booth, a main covered stand which can hold upwards of 100 spectators and, downstairs, a bookmaker's office with a photo-finish booth just across the hallway - in case spectators find it hard to come to terms with the official results.

Obviously, you've just caught a scene at the end of one of today's races. The stadium is far from being full yet, so this must be one of the earliest events. With a horse just arriving and making its way out of the truck and a rider preparing her animal for the race, it looks like the action is yet to hit a high. That does not, however, stop a few devoted fans (or rather, friends of the rider) from cheering on their chosen horse. Of course, this might have a rather negative effect, since even a slight loss of concentration has cost many a racer their first places. Although, judging from what's going on at the shady back of the terraces, it might just be that this race's outcome has been predetermined... Or perhaps we're wrong and that's simply some regular business taking place at a very irregular venue.

The commentator is seated in the top level of the stadium and so has a perfect overview of everything that goes on down on the track:
"In the lead, Black-Pead Eye, looking a bit unconcentrated, followed closely by Military Pacifist and Amicable Amelia in third who is quickly gaining ground on the outside. Ladies and gentlemen, watch closely, because we may be in for yet another photo-finish, even though it's early in the afternoon... You can check the finish line shots at the booth downstairs after presenting your betting stubs at the bookmaker's..."















The horse truck which has just arrived is transporting one of the big hopefuls for today's final race - Creased Lightning, a particularly long-standing (hence the name, I guess) crowd favourite. It comes as no surprise that the black horse is transported in the most modern truck available (as of the late 80s). Same as the entire MOC here, we didn't want it to be firmly planted in the past, since we see LEGO as subject to development. And combining the elements of classic town with what modern times have to offer often makes for nice results.

Oh, and for today's history lesson... "A Day at the Races" was released by Queen in 1976 and the above quote is from "Drowse" off that album. This MOC was obviously never released as a set by LEGO, but if it had been, I reckon it would have been one of those later-80s / early-90s sets. Hope you enjoyed it - and if you haven't, just stick around, the most interesting races are yet to start!



Comments

 I like it 
  July 21, 2010
very original! love the set up horses and windows! i used them in my police station! cool idea the truck!
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  April 20, 2010
My sister loves horses!
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  July 6, 2009
Intresting design, i like it. not only is it classic and classy, its also well designed, great scenery, and has everything you would expect (truck etc) Great job!
MetroiD (Otter)
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George Kemper
  June 23, 2009
Hey I posted pics from Brickworld and my apoc scene that I was talking to you about. Check them out when you get the chance.-George
MetroiD (Otter)
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George Kemper
  May 18, 2009
Quoting A&B Otters Have fun @ Brickworld... can't wait to see your diorama! Cheers mate ;]
Wait are you guys going to Brickworld too?
MetroiD (Otter)
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George Kemper
  May 18, 2009
Oh and just a little secret between us two, I've installed lights inside the building for my post-apoc scene. Yeah they look awesome. I'll post pics of it after Brickworld. Don't want to ruin the suprise for others ;) -George
MetroiD (Otter)
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George Kemper
  May 18, 2009
Quoting A&B Otters Nope, unfortunately not, but I still hope you'll upload your diorama here :D
Yeah I'll upload pic after Brickworld.-George
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  May 18, 2009
I like the detail. Another fine creation! It does have a classic look to it.
 I made it 
  May 18, 2009
Thanks guys, this MOC really ain't nothing too special, but I do feel that by building it I rediscovered the essence and spirit of "Classic Town" LEGO from the years of my childhood (late 80s), which was the primary aim. As to Asya, I guess now she believes me when I say that open-back buildings aren't all THAT bad and not everything has to resemble the Green Grocer :) Now let's see how this one fares in the Eurobricks contest... voting starts on 20.05., wish us luck :)))
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  May 18, 2009
This looks excellent would be a great addition to any town.... now how do i get my hands on one :D
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  May 16, 2009
You know, my Dad's side of the family owned both racehorses and owned a butcher shop... Yeah, I still ask myself that question all the time. Great build! Thanks for sharing! ~ Chris.
MetroiD (Otter)
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George Kemper
  May 15, 2009
Wow this is great! All the detail is amazing! Oh and Its great to see something new from you. Also can you check out my new stuff when you get the chance?-George
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  May 15, 2009
F a n t a s t i c !
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  May 15, 2009
Ugh. I live an hour away from Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) and I'm sick of horse racing -- but I love this MOC!
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  May 15, 2009
Awesome! I love the big lights!
 
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