06 November 2008

Update, Nov. 6: Escape from Berkeley '09!

Well it's been almost a month since our great adventure, and we've got the word that "Escape from Berkeley: By any non-petroleum means necessary" is a go for next year!

Since the last race, ideas are still popping into our heads on how to make a "Serious" contender. Jack McCornak's MAX and the Green Team Dodge really got us inspired.

So we've whittled down the options until finally we reached our last. . .

We've deduced, that the only way to win this rally is Victory by Sheer NUMBERS!

Yes that's right. If one Merc won't beat 'em, three will! Using the best ideas of all the previous contenders, we will have an alternative fuel smorgasbord! "The Merc" will stay as he is, running on waste vegetable oil. Another car will feature a gasifier-fueled engine. And finally, another car will sport a high performance steam engine!

For back-up, all the cars will feature bicycle pedals connected to the drive shaft, and tether points on each car if tieing them together is necessary.

Heh. Well of course I'm not serious about that, but we are figuring out ways to make the "Merc" a better contender. Heated fuel lines are at the top of the list.

I'll keep you updated on the going-ons here in the shop. I think the smell of veggie-oil will probably follow me to my grave.


We still have some of the oil donated to us by fellow homeschool groups for the race (thanks again!), and we hadn't filtered some of it yet.

Well we found it that it was good that we waited until now to use it...

Fish scales and shrimp. Yummm....

1 comment:

Cristina Suarez said...

I'm writing from Intersection Magazine: we're a men's lifestyle quarterly covering transportation and fashion, but our main focus is on how people are moving forward as a society in terms of transportation and progressive design. Please see our website for more visual info: www.intersectionmagazine.com

In every issue, we have a section called Owners' Club where we feature the owners of a certain type of vehicle. In past issues, we've featured homemade electric vehicles, and personal amphibious vehicles.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in being a part of our next Owners' Club, along with other contestants from the "escape from Berkeley" event. All we need is some basic information and a hi-
resolution photograph of you with your vehicle.

I'll list the information we need below so you can make a decision.

1) Your full name, age, town and country
2) A digital photograph of you with your vehicle of the highest
resolution possible sent as a file in an e-mail so we can format it
into the piece
3) 100-200 words on your vehicle, if you've customized it in any way,
anecdotes, funny stories, other peoples' reactions, etc

I look forward to hearing from you and please call me directly on my
cell with any questions!

Thanks so much!

Cristina Suarez
Intersection Magazine

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