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Kinetic Grand Championship veteran racers pulling out all the stops, old favorites for 50th race

ARCATA >> It was 3 p.m. Friday and Robert Thoman was chatting away with a friend while tinkering inside the head of giant bright-red, stoned hippopotamus named Mary Jane. Thoman has piloted several unique contraptions in the 17 years he's raced in the Kinetic Grand Championship - from a skeletal brontosaurus to a hookah-topped fire engine.

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