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Old 07-19-2008, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HybridFest update

Greetings from Madison, WI!

Ben (SVOboy) picked me up at the in the company car at the Milwaukee airport and I got my first ride in a lowered, lean-burned, MPGuino-equipped (thank you, dcb!) vehicle.

Conclusion: lean burn is awesome fuel economy for the lazy. Holy cow - do nothing more than take it easy on the gas, avoid the dropping-out-of-lean-burn-stumble and be richly rewarded. Or less penalized. Depending on how you look at it. How about 68 mpg on the airport trip at around 60 mph.

The CRX, and later Ben Nelson's electric motorcycle and a bunch of signs and a couple of laptop slide shows made up the EM display. People liked the CRX ("68 mpg @ 60 mph signs taped to the windows), and loved the e-motorbike.

Met a bunch of people from the forums (quite a few CMPG hybrid owners in attendance) including EM members Arminius, bestmapman, Daox, bennelson (of course) and semi-lurker krousdb. Sorry if I forget anybody else. My brain was a bit fried by the end of the day.

Also got to check out krousdb's Prius (thanks for the HSD driving clinic), Daox's Paseo and bennelson's S-10.

We'll be there again tomorrow if anybody's in the neighbourhood (Alliant Energy Centre.

Madison's nice, but I'm looking forward to getting back to Ottawa and driving that Kammback down the highway to gather more butt-o-meter readings on how well it seemed to work...

And I'll get and post a bunch of pics tomorrow. Some interesting vehicles here.

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Old 07-19-2008, 11:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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UPDATE: Both darin and ben are asleep, and I'm eating vegan ice cream.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, it was great to meet everyone that was there. I didn't expect to meet Doax, so that was an unexpected treat. Darin and I were talking about drilling holes in Ben's car for a boat tail just before I left. I wouldn't turn my back on him with my car around if I were you, Ben.

(Thanks for the $100 free gas card and the case of free beer you gave everyone who showed up. I don't drink, but I'll give it to my wife and kids.)
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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UPDATE: Both darin and ben are asleep, and I'm eating vegan ice cream.
What is that? You know cows eat vegetables, so by proxy you are eating processed vegetables even if it comes from a cow. Works the same for poultry and pigs too.

I wasn't there, did anyone miss me?

Didn't think so.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It;s soy based. And I definitely don't trust darin...I could kill him in his sleep right now though, MWAHAHA
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Update to SVOboys update

Well, Darin and I are now awake and the other Ben is sleeping on the floor.

Vegan ice cream cartons litter the room!!!

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(Thanks for the $100 free gas card and the case of free beer you gave everyone who showed up. I don't drink, but I'll give it to my wife and kids.)
They guys say "you're welcome!" Your reward for coming out and helping promote the site and the event!

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Old 07-20-2008, 12:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm frustrated that the wife had to work this weekend and I couldn't make it. I'm only 6 hours away too, sad me.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That's really cool to put a booth together How was the turnout? You guys should get in a paintball game with the cleanmpg folks or something

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