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Wayland Invitational II
A wrench in the works is always a possibility when trying
to throw together an EVent at the last minute.
This NEDRA race came together suddenly Sunday evening. The big
motivating factor was camera time with a major media outlet
wanting to make a documentary on electric drag racing (even
though that media source is based in Sydney, Australia)
Since Sunday evening I have been leaving messages with PIR track
management to verify availability of the track for the EVent
(even though the PIR entry page says the NHRA Late Night Drags
were happening on Friday night 7/28)
I finally contacted the track manager Tuesday evening and
discovered that there were high school drags scheduled for
Friday from 4 till 10pm.
But... the NHRA Late Night Drags were still a go for Saturday.
So... we are forced to re-schedule this EVent for Saturday the 29th from 6pm till 12am.
On behalf of NEDRA and all the organizers I apologize for the screw-up.
Here is the updated press release for this EVent-
Subject: Electric Car Drag Racing at PIR 7/29/06
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Electric Car Drag Racing at PIR 7/29/06
The National Electric Drag Racing Association
"The NEDRA Wayland Invitational II" at Portland
International Raceway on Saturday, 7/29/06, 6pm till 12am.
NEDRA welcomes all media folks to come and see EVs beat gas
cars at their own game on the dragstrip. NEDRA racers spend
pennies recharging their vehicles between rounds and our
vehicles run quicker and faster as the batteries warm up
during the charging and discharging process. There will be
a good variety of race vehicles, conversion EVs on display,
electric bikes and scooters, and an assortment of well-known
The action in the recharging area alone can provide great copy/video/audio.
NEDRA is hosting a documentary film crew from SBS TV's "Dateline"
based in Sydney, Australia at this EVent. http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline
For additional information on the NEDRA Wayland Invitational II please
contact Roy LeMeur or visit http://www.nedra.com. See electric drag racing
videos at http://www.plasmaboyracing.com
ABOUT NEDRA - The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA)
exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV)
performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric
vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning
safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events.
NEDRA is a coalition of drag racing fans, electric drag racing vehicle
owners and drivers, individuals interested in promoting the sport of
EV drag racing, EV parts suppliers, EV manufacturers and other
environmentally concerned companies and individuals. Working together
as a group, we put excitement into electric vehicle drag racing.
NEDRA NW Regional Race Director
> From the EVDL...
Australian Dateline to Film Electric Drag Racing in Portland at Wayland Invitational II
Hello to All,
Roy LeMeur and Rod Wilde have been stirring up the excitement level at
NEDRA lately, and recently, along with yours truly, have been in contact
with the nice folks at Dateline, Australia:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sarah Parker"
> Hi Roderick
> I'm wondering if you were able to find out about a drag race before the
> end of August....It would be great if David
> could film some electric drag racers with their cars.
> Hi Sarah,
> ...Contact John Wayland. http://www.plasmaboyracing.com I would bet that he
> could get together a few electric racers for an impromptu race.
> Roderick Wilde
> "Suck Amps EV Racing"
I'm happy to report the film crew is on their way to Portland. David and
crew will meet with Tim and I Thursday evening for dinner where we'll
discuss what they've got in mind. It looks like we'll be racing White
Zombie this Friday night and perhaps Saturday, too.
There's not enough time to tear the rear end down, assess things, get in
parts, and get it put back together before Thursday, so we'll just have
to settle for low 12's before the cameras.
I'm working with Crazy Rod, Madman, Father Time, Otmar, Steve and Duane
(12 second drag bike) and others to see if we can have quite a few hot
electrics for them to capture for the show.
See Ya....John Wayland
This is somewhat short notice, but that's the way things sometimes go with racing.
This is an officially sanctioned NEDRA Event.
A film crew from Australia's version of PBS (SBS TV, Sydney
http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline) will be there to document this EVent coming
Friday night 7/28/06 6pm to 12am at Portland International Raceway-
Admission - $8/Adults, $5/Children All Racers $22
Plus... all the local media we can manage to get there.
The list of competitors planning to attend so far are...
John Wayland - White Zombie
Otmar Ebenhoech - California Poppy
Rich Rudman - Goldie
Father Time - Father Time Machines "FrankenDragon" Green Bike
Steve Kiser - Father Time Machines "Dragon Rose" Red Bike
All EVers are welcome to compete or just be there for the cameras.
Some EVs that will be on display are-
Mark Mongillo's Datsun Pickup Truck
Gary Graunke's Honda Insight EV conversion (may actually race)
Plus the usual assortment of bikes and scooters.