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Old 08-24-2008, 12:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A.M.E.C. Economy Run II - Fonda, New York 10/5/08



Greetings fellow hypermilers. For those of you located in the northeast, the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club A.M.E.C. will be holding a Fall Foliage "Economy Run" coming up this October 5, 2008.


A little history: A.M.E.C. held it's first Economy Run back in 1954. Now 54 years later with record high fuel prices, the club decided to bring the event back. Our members created a new course and the event took place this past August 10th. It was very well received and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated. Results can been seen here. It was a good dry run to make sure everything went smoothly and that our laptop excel program worked properly to calculate the results. We enjoyed it so much that we have planned an "Economy Run II" and this time would like to open it up to like minded individuals who would like to join us. To keep it easy to manage and fun we will limit registration to the first 20 entrants.

Here are the details:

What: Fuel mileage contest through the southern Adirondacks of NY. The route will be on some really nice scenic and challenging roads and will run 106.3 miles in distance. Your “economic” driving ability will be tested. Cars will be filled with fuel by an AMEC official and then weighed on electronic scales. Small ramps are employed for easy on and off of the scales. Any street legal vehicle is allowed to participate, [including motorcycles].This event will run rain or shine.

Where: The starting spot will be at the Fairway Oil gas station on Route 5 in Fonda, NY. [directions below].

When: Sunday, October 5th, 2008. Arrival time will be 8:00-8:30am, first car off at 9:00am. They have gas and diesel and have a large enough parking lot that we won’t be in the way. (They also don’t use ethanol, if that makes a difference to anyone.)

Cost: $10 per vehicle

Awards include:

1. Best overall mpg for gas cars

2. Best overall mpg for diesel and hybrid cars

3. Best ton-mile per gallon [TMPG] vehicle weight in pounds, divided by 2000, times miles driven, divided by gallons consumed. A handy calculator is here.

4. Best carbureted mpg

5. Best miles per dollar. [Based on the actual cost to travel the 106 miles. For example, we had a diesel VW Jetta get 56 mpg and a Dodge Avenger get 48 mpg. Because the diesel fuel was about a dollar more per gallon than the gasoline, the Avenger won this contest.]

Note: If we get more than one motorcycle we will add a class for them.

Awards: This event will conclude about noon, and our plan is to proceed up the nearby Checkers Out Go-Kart track for lunch, awards, and optional indoor go-kart races if you so desire. Checkers Out Speedway is an indoor go kart track open year round, and is located about ľ of a mile south of Johnstown, NY, on NYS Route 30A. Physical address: 2299 State Hwy 30A Johnstown, NY 12905. Track phone: 518 736-4630

Directions: to Fairway Oil gas station: Take NY Thruway Exit 28. After the toll booth, turn left onto Riverside Drive. Then turn right onto South Bridge Street and go over the bridge. On the other side of the bridge is a traffic light. You can see Fairway Oil and Gas on your left. Turn left onto Route 5 and enter the station.

To register for this event: Please contact Mike Kamm at (518) 674-0520 or via email: mkamm [at ] juno [ dot] com. Or just simply reply to this thread with your name, year/model car. There is also a message board thread regarding this event on the A.M.E.C. message board here.





Registered driver's list as of 9-6-08

1. Dave Burnham - 1991 Diesel VW Jetta
2. Dick Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R
3. Mark Long - 1997 Dodge Avenger
4. Mike Kamm - 1977 Datsun B210 mpg
5. Claude Hutchings - 1999 Saab 9-3
6. Ernie Yue - 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250cc
7. Ronny Kienhuis - 1972 Citroen SM or 1992 Subaru SVX
8. "Bestmapman" [Clean mpg forums] 2007 Toyota Prius, Cincinnati, KY.
9. "JPS000" - 2008 Toyota Prius
10. Al Walker - [Clean MPG] - 2004 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA
11. Brian Wilsey - 2003 Mazda Protege [2.0]
12. Tom Moeller - 1994 Mazda Miata - Saratoga NY
13. Carl Germain - 1950 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe
14. Bill Clark - 1960 Metropolitan convertible - Endicott, NY
16. Pam Subik - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Mayfield, NY
17. Tom Compoli - 1981 VW Rabbit - Schenectady, NY
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Thanks for the heads up!

How do you verify MPG?
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Thanks for the heads up!

How do you verify MPG?
We fill up everyone's car to the rim before and after the route. We have special "seals" [stickers] that are put over the fuel doors after filling. They are like a state inspection sticker and it is obvious if they have been tampered with. So mpg is calculated by dividing the actual mileage of the route [106.3 miles] by the amount of fuel used [determined at the pump].

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I see. What happens if that disagrees with digital readouts?
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I see. What happens if that disagrees with digital readouts?
Interesting question. I hadn't thought of that. We will go by what the pump says. That way it will be consistent for everyone.

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Indeed. Sadly, I won't be able to make it because a friend is flying in from Japan to visit me, or else I'd be there.

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Indeed. Sadly, I won't be able to make it because a friend is flying in from Japan to visit me, or else I'd be there.

Good luck!
Thanks SVOboy,

I will be driving my '77 Datsun B210 in this event. Did any of you know they got mileage like this right out of the box?

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Wow, thanks for the heads-up. Too bad I'm in SoCal. The times they are a changin' ... and the more things change the more they stay the same ... and what goes around comes around (in about 54 years). All the class breakdowns makes it worth it for everybody.

I inherited my sister's B210 HoneyBee and drove it into the ground back in the 1980's. I wasn't keeping track of MPG back then, but boy did that B210 know how to accelerate ... ever ... so ... slow ... ly!

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It's 225 miles from Montreal...I'm tempted to go.
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It's 225 miles from Montreal...I'm tempted to go.
We'd be happy to have to join us tasdrouille. Please keep October 5th open on your calendar.

CarloSW2,

I am building a special "gas miser" engine for my B210 right now. It will be an original type 1400 cc engine, but with 11 to 1 compression and some other fuel efficiency tweaks like an electric cooling fan, water heated intake manifold, wide band oxygen sensor setup, etc. I've got the special small intake port "mpg" cylinder head too. I'm aiming even higher than 50 mpg.

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