EVents 2005 06 14
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Unless otherwise posted here, or sent out over the SEVA Maillist each Monthly Meeting is Held on the Evening of the Second Tuesday of each Month commencing at 7 p.m. or there about. Meetings are held at the Church of the Nazarene at 44th St. NE, and 3rd Ave NE, just behind Dicks Drive In on 45th. Their fire damage has been repaired, and they welcome us back. We encourage visitors and members to help support this free venue with the purchase of some fine coffee and other refreshments downstairs at the Mosaic Community Coffee House.
June 14th 2005 Minutes
Sorry this is so brief. But most decussion was from Rich, and the really BIG Charger he brought. Our new member Greg Rock, from Green Car Company brought his 25 mph Tidal Force Bike, and gave us a good outline of their goals. We had a Japanese gentelmen from "Nanopulse " bring samples and data on the device, which I guess Rich has tried out on some tired batteries, with mixed results. He has also offered some substantial discounts to our members. Other than that it was discussion on "Gasless on Greenwood 2005" Below is a very well written account from John Wayland, which was sent to the EV Discussion List today ( 6/28/05) John's accout follows: ( I really could not improve on it )
Hello to All, It's early Monday morning, still trying to get the cobwebs out with my morning coffee andfemale cat still giving me a hard time for being away from her all weekend.This year's classic hotrod show in Seattle was even better than last year's show, andincluding my EV entry, I believe there were 12 hybrids and electrics on display. RyanFulcher returned in his Insight, and this year his hatch area was 'really' the audio-videoepicenter. He had a high definition, super clear and bright BIG flat screen display thatalso sported clean and loud audio, and with videos of Rod Wilde's Maniac Mazda smokingViper V10s, White Zombie running its front wheel lofting 12.99 against that 300+ hpMustang, and other NEDRA footage, there was a constant crowd of show goers absolutelystunned to see EVs doing such things...way cool, way effective! Dave Cloud showed up with a very interesting all white machine, something that started outas an economy sedan, I think a Metro? Dave had chopped its top, added a customfastback sloping rear end, and had gutted the thing down to 1000 lbs. In the rear, clearlyin view (I loved that part) through the windowless hatch (Lexan to be added as he gets itdone), were count 'em, three of the planned eight E-Tech motors, all with their own chaindrive to a fixed rear axle. I scanned the the drives' pulley sizes and made a quick guessat 3:50 ratio, which according to a surprised Dave Cloud, turned out to be right on themoney. Dave's planning on running the car in the M/C category, and if what I saw is anyindication, look for some new records to be set....using low voltage and wet cellbatteries! Was it pretty?...no. Was it finished yet?...no. Was it impressive?...absoulutely! Was it all Dave Cloud?...yes, classic Dave Cloud, but this time, he's running what will be recognized as a car. Sorry, I can't call this one acockroach. To Dave's shock, I really found his latest creation, very cool. Another cool EV was Kent Bakke's red VW Beetle with its big 'ol 9 inch ADC hanging in theback. I talked him into going against the grain and nosing his EV in (everyone else'smachine was backed in), so that show goers would stop and say..."Whoa!" upon seeing anunexpected big electric motor instead of the usual air cooled VW flat four...it worked!All day long, that's exactly what happened, and I'd venture to say, his Beetle drew thebiggest crowd, this, over Dave's wild looking machine, over the outrageous Gone Postal,and over Blue Meanie.Speaking of Gone Postal, kudos to Rod Wilde, Tom True, and Madman Rudman for the hugeeffort to get this popular EV to the show...thanks guys. GP was staged directly in frontof Cheryl and I as we made the EV convoy as we trekked from our meeting place in a bigparking area at a local park to the Greenwood location, and what a view we had! Evenknowing the machine intimately, it's still very intimidating to see it rolling down thestreet, let alone having it right in front of you....twin 8 inch motors hanging down frombehind, not too unlike a bull strutting his stuff...use your imagination, folks. With Tomsporting his big straw hat in the left, and this crazed Madman at the right hand drivewheel, arms flailing as he never seemed to shut up....the combo of an over-the-top ridefilled with these two characters made for total entertainment from behind. Sorry, no onenoticed the two of us in our shiny Datsun....all eyes were on GP as we convoyed to theshow.Other EVs included Andrew Schwarz's red Mazda Miata, a cool convertible conversion thatshowed how an EV can be a fun open top way to get back and forth, John Marshall's in yourface yellow VW pickup conversion (I love the style of the Rabbit truck), Gary Longley'sFather Time created intense blue legend race car (another jaw dropper for show goers),Jamie Marshall's yellow Sparrow...who doesn't stop and inquire about one of these?....MarkJacobson's Dynasty 'IT' factory NEV from MC Electric car,and Green Car Co's Greg Rock brought a "Smart" car, all the way from California, from ZAP who looks to be their distributors. Last but never the least, Father Time arrived riding his latest motorcycle drag bike, sonof FrankenBike....a 12V motor jammed with 72 volts stuck to the ground via a monster reardrag slick. There were three Insight hybrids, two red, one silver. As usual, there were hundreds of gorgeous street rods, from a matched pair of impeccablehot orange colored Boss Mustangs ( (a Boss 302 and a Boss 429), to a pristinely builtpurple 36 Chev street rod, to Corvettes, to Ramblers, to Mini Coopers, to Datsunroadsters, to a metallic gold SS 396 El Camino, to a polished aluminum AC Cobra, toCamaros, to tricked out pickups, to a euro police car, to well, you get theidea...hundreds of exiting things to look at.....but, it was the EVs that seemed to havethe constant crowd. A big thank you has to go out to SEVA's prez, Steve Lough. Yes, I know others worked hardon this show too, but in my opinion, it's Steve who drives this club. After the show, we had the tradition of hanging out at the Lough's for a fun backyard barbecue. That's it for me. My wife and I had a great time again, thanks everyone. See Ya.......John Wayland