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Hi Everyone,

The Sunday Challenge was held this past weekend at the Florida Solar
Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa Beach. The event was organized by FSEC,
FLEAA and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Saturday was a
large demonstration of EVs, HEVs and other alt-fuel vehicles as well as
a fun packed autocross. Sunday was a road rally from FSEC in Cocoa to
FIT's campus in Melbourne about 34 miles away.

On Saturday, several companies and individuals had vehicles on display.
Hybrid Technologies had 3 of their vehicles on display (a PT Cruiser,
Smart EV and a Mini Cooper), Andrew Roddy had his shiny new eBox from AC
Propulsion on display, Patterson Cycles had their beautiful electric
motorcycle, Charles Whalen had his RAV4EV and sleek new Vectrix cycle,
and South Plantation High School brought their solar car. There were
several EV conversions and lots of Hybrids from almost every
manufacturer there on display.

After tech and safety inspections, the autocross started with
approximately 18 vehicles in the staging area to compete! The autocross
was ran by Cliff Rassweiler of ProEV (The electric Imp couldn't make everyone else had a chance at first!). Bob Salem was down in the
area and was happy to jump in and help with some of the timing. The
autocross field was made up of EVs and HEVs. Andrew Roddy's eBox was the
EV to beat that day and there was definitely a battle of the hybrids
going on as well. There was a new Saturn Aura, Honda Insight and first
and second generation Prius' on the course. In the end the Prius' were
battling for first and second with a Gen1 taking first and Gen2 in
second with the eBox a close 3rd. (There was only one 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place trophy for the autocross, regardless of class). There was lots of
great competition and fun by everyone.

Sunday brought some lousy weather and rain...and flooded roads. Not
enough to drown the spirits of the drivers though! The road rally
commenced as scheduled with everyone leaving FSEC on set intervals to
rally down to FIT's campus in Melbourne. The objective was to make each
checkpoint on the route on the exact time interval without speeding or
going to slow. There were vehicles from 3 classes enter: altered EV
(conversions), Production EV and Alt-fuel (hybrids/bio-diesel). Out the
field of cars, electric and hybrids, a cycle came in first. None other
than our own Charles Whalen on his new Vectrix took first place overall.
There was a winner of each class and one for overall.

Complete results of the autocross and rally can be seen on the FSEC website:

More info ont he Sunday Challenge and agendas can be found on the main page:

Congrats to everyone who made the event a success and helped out, but
chiefly to Bill Young of FSEC & FLEAA who made the event a reality and
huge success!

(Pictures will be posted soon...)


Shawn Waggoner

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