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bennelson 05-15-2009 11:04 AM

Citicar Get-Together Adventure!
Hey everyone!

I am at the Hilton in Columbia, Maryland at the first and only EVER Citicar World Gathering.

Yesterday morning, Rich came over to my house pulling a trailer with his Citicar on it. We loaded mine up, picked up Mark (who has a CommutaCar) and hit the road!

Cars loaded up leaving Milwaukee.

We drove through the night from Wisconsin to Maryland.

Here, Rich tightens the load at a rest area in Indiana powered by a wind turbine.

We were the first ones in. Unloaded the Citi's and went to go find breakfast.

Our cars did not make it our here unscathed. I lost one of my (expensive LED) taillights, and got some scratches and a crack in the body from the tie-downs, tarp, and bungie cords.

Also, my parking brake popped loose, and my rear driver side brake is leaking fluid!

It's tough to find a hardware store around here!!!! Columbia is nothing but a big business park! Just finding a breakfast restaurant this morning was a stretch!

See the rest of my fun photos from yesterday at this link:
MobileMe Gallery

I brought my still camera and video camera to document the event.

robbiewt 05-15-2009 01:08 PM

How long is this event going to last? Columbia is one county north of me.

bennelson 05-15-2009 01:55 PM

Friday, saturday, sunday!

Come on out!

robbiewt 05-15-2009 02:05 PM

I'll be there.

robbiewt 05-15-2009 07:53 PM

Here are a few pictures.

bennelson 05-15-2009 09:54 PM

Hey Rob,

Thanks for stopping out and taking those photos!

I have LOTS more to upload!

We drove the Citicars, Commutacars, and the Electric Jetta to Bob Beaumonts house. It must have been hilarious to see these cars zipping around!!!
In the above photo, Bob Stone explains how they had a special car carrier that could load up the cars sideways. That way they could ship more for less money!

We brought out the Citicars on a ten-foot trailer, turned sideways to make them fit!

TomEV 05-15-2009 11:48 PM

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Here's a few more pictures...

Ryland 05-16-2009 02:19 AM

I wish I could be there, but I have to work and I have plans to install 20 new windows in my house.
I also have a busted leaf spring in my commuta-car, busted it at a stop light in the middle of the intersection, looks like I have to get some custom made unless someone else has source.
If you can get some detail photos of body repair as that is what I'm doing on my Citi-car... whole body replacement.
I would have had those shirts done already but it's been busy at work and my shirt designer is moving, so it will be a few weeks before you can get
"Americas best selling electric car" shirts.

bennelson 05-16-2009 09:03 AM

Rich's car was the hit of the party at Bob Beaumonts house!

Everyone swarmed his for photo opps.

Gotta go! Off to a plastic repair workshop!

Ryland 05-16-2009 10:29 AM

If you get a chance could ask Bob Beaumount what happened to the Electric HMV Freeway that he received in exchange for my green Commuta-car, according to the son of HMV Freeway they made 3 of their 3 wheeled single person "cars" in electric and one of them went to commuter verhicles and HMV Freeway received my green commuta-car.

bennelson 05-16-2009 10:11 PM

Bob will be back again tomorrow, I'll try to remember to ask him!

We took the cars across the street for a photo shoot and run laps in circles.

I was also a troublemaker and instigated drag races.
TomEV drove my car while I video'ed. Tom and my car won both heats!

Rich did a donut in his and I squeeled my tires enough to actually leave rubber in a few places. I also did a turn fast enough to make my driver side door fly open and my water bottle flew across the parking lot!

Woohoo - Fun day!

Another Citicar showed up and that guy also brought an electric motorcycle!
Of course I had to take it for a spin!!!!

More tomorrow!


See all the photos at:

EDIT: Hey Ryland. Thinking about it right now, your green car is a Commuta-Car, NOT a Citicar. Those were two different companies. The rights were bought from Bob Beaumont to do the Commutacar, but he wasn't involved with it otherwise.

Ryland 05-17-2009 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by bennelson (Post 104689)
Rich's car was the hit of the party at Bob Beaumonts house!

Everyone swarmed his for photo opps.

Why was this? I think I'm missing something.

bennelson 05-17-2009 01:41 PM

Citicar went out of business. Commuta Vehicles Inc. was a different business that bought rights from Sebring Vanguard and built the CommutaCars.

MetroMPG 05-17-2009 06:57 PM

Looks like it was a successful gathering.

bennelson 05-19-2009 10:54 AM

drag racing
Here is a comment from one of the other attendees, posted through the Citicar Yahoo Group:

" One "unscheduled" event was especially interesting to me. There were 4 C-Cars that participated in the "unofficial and unscanctioned" highly charged C-Car Drag Races on the 500 ft. "track" near the hotel."

Yep - you know you want to see Citicars drag race. I will try to get the video up soon!

slurryguy 05-19-2009 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 104870)
Looks like it was a successful gathering.

We won't know whether the gathering was truely successful for a few months. The Citicars all now must return to the parking lot they were hatched in and lay their eggs. Hopefully most of the eggs will survive the attacks from the predators like HumVee's, Wranglers, and the inevitable environmental attacks on their hatchery habitat from Exxon spills.

Mother nature needs time after this wild frenzied spawning. Love making sessions are just the first step in the fertilization of the Citicar eggs.

Thanks to Jacques "Ben Nelson" Cousteau, we soon will have full documentation video of the Citicar mating practices that will be posted on YouTube. A WORLD SCIENTIFIC FIRST!!! Never before have Citicars been filmed mating in the wild. There might be an Emmy in this one.

Nature is wonderful. I may shed a tear.

bennelson 05-19-2009 12:04 PM

Well, if you are into nature documentries, then here is a rare photo of a Citicar cross-breeding with a Kewet!

These cars are small enough to put three in one parking space with room to spare!

slurryguy 05-19-2009 12:17 PM

I'm reporting your car porn post to the ecomodder moderators.


bennelson 05-21-2009 03:39 PM

Here is a video of Bev Stone test-driving a 1980 ComutaCar.

Bev is the wife of Bob Stone, who was the right-hand man of Bob Beaumont, the Founder/Inventor/Entreprenuer behind the Citicar.

This is at Bob Beaumont's house. We drove the Citicars from the hotel to his house. It was a blast!

bennelson 05-21-2009 03:40 PM

Here is a video of the "Cruise Night" to Bob Beaumont's house.

Matt Herring 05-21-2009 03:48 PM

Cool adventure Ben...looked like a great time! Thanks for all the updates and the vids...guessing the townspeople had something new to talk about that day!

MetroMPG 05-21-2009 10:32 PM

Great video as usual, Ben. Now I have Citicar envy. Thanks a lot.

UfoTofU 05-21-2009 11:08 PM

Citicar envy I have it too

bennelson 05-22-2009 10:04 AM

More fun Citicar action!
Here's one of several un-official events I instigated....
(If It doesn't work, it's just not finished processing, come back in a few minutes!)

Matt Herring 05-22-2009 10:15 AM


Originally Posted by bennelson (Post 105697)
Here's one of several un-official events I instigated....

Good idea putting a passenger in the car...guessing you would have had a car on its side without him in there!:eek:

Ryland 05-22-2009 10:20 AM

These electric cars are really stable, when I first got mine I would slow down before taking a corner, now I don't, you have all of your battery weight as the lowest part of the vehicle, not sure what it would take to get one to roll over but it's not something I would ever worry about.

bennelson 05-22-2009 10:31 AM

When I was doing high-speed corners on the "track", I had to lean my body WAY into the curve, but the car itself hardly tilts at all.

The center of gravity is just above the axle.

Matt Herring 05-22-2009 11:02 AM

Interesting...I'll check off my "Learn one new thing today" box...thanks guys!

robbiewt 05-22-2009 12:02 PM

Do the Commuta-cars handle differently because of the batteries being pushed out past the bumpers?

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