World Famous Pumpkin Race Crowns 2022 ChampionsNov 01, 2022 10:08PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Participants compete with "racing pumpkins" - pumpkins fitted with two axles and four wheels - by rolling them down the hill at Manhattan Beach Blvd. between Ocean Ave. and the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The race has become so popular that it took several hours to get through the initial heats before the winning pumpkins move on to the semifinals. While the racing started at 2:00 p.m., the champs were not crowned until after 6:00 p.m.
Team Franklin Returns to Victory in City Race
Meanwhile, in the "grudge match" race between city officials, Councilmember Joe Franklin once again took the crown. Franklin collaborated with his neighbors, the Tomasevic family, to create a powerful racer.
The final "grudge match" race was a contest between MBPD Chief Johnson, Manhattan Beach City Manager Bruce Moe, Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano, and the Franklin/Tomasevic team.
Johnson and Napolitano's pumpkins were off to a speedy start and appeared to be in the lead, but the two pumpkins veered into each other, knocking each other out and leaving the Franklin/Tomasevic pumpkin to cruise to victory.
P.S. Fascinated by the pumpkin race and looking forward to trying it next year? We have (unofficial) word that the next World Famous Pumpkin Race will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2023, so mark your calendars.