Arrrr! Eric the Dead and his Stingy Lulu race to victory or, more likely, certain oblivion. A conglomeration of plundered items and the kind of stuff pirates have lying around, this is a prime example of why "pirate tech" never really caught on.
You can check my MOC pages for more chatter about this contraption, but a couple of key points right off:
Although this idea had already occured to me before I read the Building Tips post, a shout out to Bulls_Eye for throwing it out there (and to be honest, I'm surprised nobody's done one already).
I'd also incorporated all the cannons and cutlasses before I read the finer points of podracer weaponry, but when I thought about it I realized that I never really intended them as effective weapons. Like treasure chests and empty grog barrels, pirates have this stuff lying around. The cutlasses serve as a protective grate for the vent core, while the blank charges in the cannons provide an intimidating booster for last-minute surges across the finish line...
...if it ever gets that far. This was the flimsiest thing I've ever built; it flew apart in my hands more times than I can count, and I've decided to impart that aspect of the MOC to its fictional persona. Let's just say the booster button is a booster half the time, and the other half it's a self-destruct device.
Great contest! Thanks!