Sunday, August 16, 2009

Gyroscopic, Laser-sighted Peashooter

Hometown favorite George Hollis (pictured) is a superstar in the world of peashooting. The 2009 world championship took place last month in Witcham, Cambridgeshire. His gyroscopic, laser-sighted peashooter is fashioned from "other bits", including his son's Nintendo.
The peashooting community was wrent assunder when an American avionics expert from the nearby Lakenheath US air force base introduced the technology a decade ago. The enmity between the technologists and the traditionalists continues unabated to this day.

The first championship was won by Dennis Minnet in 1971; he would go on to win the first three titles. The Hollis family has dominated over the past fifteen years: George has won the championship four times, including back-to-back victories in 1994-95, and his son, David, has three victories (1999-2001), but the all-time victory leader is Mike Fordham who won eight titles from 1977 to 1988.

Hollis, the two-time defending champion was defeated this year by Jim Collins.

The 2010 World Championships are scheduled for next July 10.

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