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Old 05-29-2012, 03:48 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:35 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Interesting! To whom are you explaining these things??
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Interesting! To whom are you explaining these things??
Sometimes students or colleagues, sometimes neighbors, recently strangers at the Petersen Museum where cfg83, zonker, and I met with some Fiat 500 owners (Zonker drives a 500). I put the poster up using the open trunk or hood as an easel of sorts. A couple 500 owners took pics of my poster. As I go around more in future with the car, I expect to use the poster more. Some of your graphs are on it, actually. Basjoos. The Schlorwagen. EV1. Some lowriders (because the drop and the skirts are good for aero!). ...also my list of mods. "The template." All of which are meant mostly as discussion starters. I try to facilitate two conversations: how mods work and the conclusion that you don't have to be beholden to automakers to get better, greener, fuel economy.

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