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Old 08-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Attn OHIO: Help Plan Sep-Oct Meet Up

Event is now set.
2012/10/20 @ 13:00/1:00 PM - In Broadview Hts. Near interstate (map below)
We will meet in a parking lot nearby (to be determined) to meet up, and head over to the fuel station to fill up and head out. We will all use the same pump, the lowest speed of fuel the pump will hold by itself, and only let it run until it goes to the first click. This will also be done at the end, to see our fuel consumption. The route is below, and is roughly 12 miles, estimated 27 minutes.

We have 32 minutes to complete it, and when one goes past 32 minutes, they will receive a penalty of a 2% EPA drop per minute. If you are pulled over, an additional 10% penalty will be taken off. So if leaving to pulling in the drive is 32 minutes and 15 seconds, and you have been pulled over, your actual percentage over the EPA combined estimate will be dropped by 12%.

Everyone is welcome to come early or days before and practice. I live in the area, but have only once driven this path. I filmed it, and it is below. Also, a map is posted.

We welcome everyone to join, and there is no fee or cost. We will be hanging out afterwards to check out mods and chat. There will be a small prize for number one With penalties, and without.

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Hello all,

Being a friendly board with like minded people, it seems like it might be fun to make some type of meet for fun and pizza, an eco car show, or our own fuel mileage challenge!

I have not seen anything like the vetter challenge for cars, or at least not in Ohio. The best I saw was mostly smarts, and in Canada! I wanted to go, but, uhh, didn't want to show up those guys...ya know?

So I would love to work on some ideas, and maybe gauge interest in something like this. If you have ANY interest level at all, please let me know publicly, and we can chat or work on things-PM if you prefer. I notice a lot of Ohioans on here, and think we should pull together some Ohio pride!

I am thinking date wise should be a weekend, hopefully sometime Sep to Oct. usually one weekend I go up to Halloweekends, so if there is interest in that, we may be able to get a group rate, or explore those ideas. (unlikely, but throwing it out there)

I hope to hear back soon!

EDIT:

Ohio Econ Fuel Challenge 12.6 Miles (27 Minutes, 32 minute challenge)
Stage 1 Ohio Fuel Econ Challenge: Stage 1 of 4 - YouTube
Stage 2 Ohio Fuel Econ Challenge: Stage 2 of 4 - YouTube
Stage 3 Ohio Fuel Econ Challenge: Stage 3 of 4 - YouTube
Stage 4 Ohio Fuel Econ Challenge: Stage 4 of 4 - YouTube

Google Maps Directions
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=b...1,2,3&t=m&z=13

or
bp to E Royalton Rd - Google Maps

RULES:
32 Minutes from pulling away from the pump, to pulling into the drive* of the fuel station. Each minute past 32 is a .1 gallon penalty. A citation from law enforcement adds a 1 gallon penalty on top of any time penalty. There is no reward for early finish.

*Once in the lot one is not required to run the engine anymore. If our specific pump is occupied, or we have a line waiting, it is not fair, so as soon as you enter the drive, the time ends and it is acceptable to push the car, or whatever is needed.

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Old 08-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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not apposed to making a trip from MI I am 3 hours north of the border.

Weekends are good.

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even just a hang out at a local place, do a MPG run or coast down testing/ racing.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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not apposed to making a trip from MI I am 3 hours north of the border.

Weekends are good.

Ideas:
even just a hang out at a local place, do a MPG run or coast down testing/ racing.
I'd love to find a place to do coastdown testing. I'm eager to find a number to rate my front end. I feel like I see a ton of Ohioans on here, but haven't really checked. I tried to look at the map, and put myself kind of on there, but it's always on the fritz for me.

Hangout coastdown sounds good to me.
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look for a stretch of back country paved road, not used much, 2 miles minimum length between stops. tree lined is nice for wind dampening.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Plenty of those kinds of roads in the Cuyahoga Valley.
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look for a stretch of back country paved road, not used much, 2 miles minimum length between stops. tree lined is nice for wind dampening.
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Plenty of those kinds of roads in the Cuyahoga Valley.
All of the roads I can think of are 45+, and single lane. I do 50 there and people are up my tail pipes. What will the top speed we need be? I will try to google map a two mile stretch, hopefully flat as can be, that is two lanes one way, and a higher top speed.
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Flat is nice. To test aero I like to start at 55mph.
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It would be cool if we could do something like this:

I'm up in the cleveland area, but I have a hard time making it to meets because school everyday and work on the weekends. Plus a recent back injury means I usually have physical therapy on any days I have off.

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