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August 20, 2013

Art Car Construction

From the makers of Walter, the world's largest VW bus...
Walter - Burning Man 2010

...two more vehicles. "Heath," a fire truck that shoots both water and flame. "Kalliope," an enormous sound and light car. Most of the video was shot (with a GoPro) while the vehicles were under construction so they can show you some of the internal guts and details of the work.

Their camp, Camp Walter, will be hosting Hot Pink Happy Hour on Tuesday at 5 PM.Camp Walter is just a few easy blocks from where I'll be camping, so I'm pretty sure I'll be there!

The video makes the claim (and I haven't found anyone to dispute it) that Heath now hosts the world's largest "combustible vortex ring generator (CVRG)," that is a thing that can generate fire rings. Not like those little fire rings on beaches and in campgrounds. But rings of fire that ascend in the air.
Heath With CVRG
This photo is from the Facebook page for Walter The Bus.

Gordon Ogden shares another photo here.

Matt Steiner discreetly describes his participation in the project on LinkedIn:

Team Leader - AAE 535 Rocket Propulsion Design, Build, Test
Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
January 2013 – Present (8 months)

I am the team leader of an externally sponsored Purdue class project to develop a large-scale combustible vortex ring generator (CVRG), which will be used in a pyrotechnics show in the summer of 2013. The final design will produce 8-foot combustible vortex rings, which we anticipate will be the largest ever purposefully created.

Filed under Burning Man,GoPro,Photography | permalink | August 20, 2013 at 02:43 PM


I, the author of this blog, have no connection to Walter or anyone developing CVRGs. I suggest you contact them directly.

Posted by: Ron at Sep 8, 2022 1:16:12 PM

One of the crew members that was involved in the origin of the cvrg was a friend of mine and mayor Arizona. I thought he would be an honorable mention in regards to the engineering of this civilian version of the anti-aircraft system that you use in the Walter show

Posted by: James stratton at Sep 3, 2022 4:50:44 AM

Just curious if one of your crew the gentleman that actually engaged with the cvrg in the military several decades ago is he still on the project? I'll hold back on his name because of privacy but I just wondered if he was still on the show. I knew him in Mayer Arizona and found him to be a remarkable engineer and solid human being I just wondered if he was still around

Posted by: James stratton at Sep 3, 2022 4:48:44 AM

Thanks for posting this Ron!

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Posted by: Ryan Tucknott at Sep 25, 2013 5:03:01 PM

We'll be in the same place as before, 4:15 and J.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Aug 21, 2013 9:55:58 AM

Hi Ron! Gotta see this beast... Where will you be located? I'll be in Poly Paradise, 4:30 and 'B'. I would like to stop in and say hi. Doug

Posted by: Doug aka,Tailfeather at Aug 21, 2013 5:06:24 AM

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