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blownb310 07-01-2009 10:19 AM

A.M.E.C. Economy Run III - Fonda, NY 8-23-09
The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club would like to invite you to participate in Economy Run III

What: Fuel mileage contest through the southern Adirondacks of NY. The route will be on really scenic and challenging roads [mild grades] and will run approx. 102 miles in distance. Your “economic” driving ability will be tested. Cars will be filled with fuel by an AMEC official and be sent off at one minute intervals. There will be a time limit to complete the run. 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 [ethanol free] Fairway Oil gas station on Route 5 in Fonda, NY. Physical address is 40 E Main St, Fonda, NY 12068. 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.

When: Sunday, August 23rd, 2009. 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.

Cost: $10 per vehicle plus $8 per car for lunch at the awards picnic by the lake. [see "Awards" below]

Awards include:

1. Best overall mpg for gas cars [1st, 2nd, and 3rd places]

2. Best overall mpg for diesel and hybrid cars [1st, 2nd, and 3rd places]

3. Best Historic car ['79 and earlier - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places].

4. Best overall mpg for motorcycles [1st, 2nd, and 3rd places].

Finish: will be at Mayfield Mobil, 2460 State Highway 30 Mayfield, NY 12117. They are 8.4 miles south of Northville, and their lot is plenty big. It will be on your right as you're heading on Route 30 south.

Awards and Lunch: This event will conclude about noon, and we will be having our A.M.E.C. summer picnic immediately following the event. All Economy run participants are invited to join us for awards and a picnic lunch at Northampton Beach Campground located on Housmann Street, in Mayfield, [it's actually closer to Northville] NY. Their website is HERE. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the map links. The picnic pavilion and beach are right on the shore of beautiful Sacandaga lake. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and soda will be served. This park is only about a mile from the Citgo station where the event concluded.

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. The vehicle count will be limited so please sign up before this event is full.

Registered driver's list as of 7-3-09

1. Mike Kamm - 1977 Datsun B210 - Averill Park, NY
2. Tom Moeller - 1994 Mazda Miata - Saratoga, NY
3. Dave Burnham - 1991 Eco Diesel Jetta - Delanson, NY
4. Ben Jones - 1991 Honda CRX - Hanover, NH
5. Dick Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - Johnstown, NY
6. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC
7. Ron Kienhuis - 1972 CitroŽn SM - Long Island, NY
8. Vlad Saakyan - 2003 Suzuki Svs650 - 518 forums
9. Bill Clark - 1957 Metropolitan Hartop - Endicott, NY
10. Bruce Turk- 1958 Saab 93B - Walden, NY
11. Ernie Yue - 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250cc
12. Dan & Richard Dobbins - 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk - Long Island, NY
13. Matt Herring - 2009 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA
14. Robert Smalls - 2000 Honda Insight - Buffalo, NY
15. Peter Ramotowski - 2000 VW Golf TDI - Albany, NY
16. Eric Hoefer - 2008 Honda Fit - Guilderland, NY
17. Ryan Kramer - 1988 Toyota MR2 Supercharged - Albany NY
18. Lance David - 1996 Chevy Cavalier - Johnstown, NY

There is a link to last year's event thread located HERE.

SVOboy 07-01-2009 10:35 AM

Register me up! 1991 Honda CRX.

I will have some wicked aeromods by the time this rolls around :)

tasdrouille 07-01-2009 12:37 PM

I'm in!

Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC

blownb310 07-01-2009 01:09 PM

Excellent, thanks Ben and Martin. :)

Boy if Darin can make it as well, what a super bowl of gas mileage this could be!

Something tells me the 49.56 average event mpg record will be raised this August.


SVOboy 07-01-2009 01:33 PM

Darin might be on a boat or something silly like that. Is that true darin? I think he should come anyway, :P

RobertSmalls 07-01-2009 10:12 PM

Hmm, I'd love to go, and the whole endeavour should only take ~7gal of gas. I'll be there as long as I have plates on the Insight by then. Which I will unless the DMV really digs its heels in.

SVOboy 07-01-2009 10:16 PM


Originally Posted by RobertSmalls (Post 113313)
Hmm, I'd love to go, and the whole endeavour should only take ~7gal of gas. I'll be there as long as I have plates on the Insight by then. Which I will unless the DMV really digs its heels in.

Uh oh, I am scared to compete against an insight!

Any idea what the time limit will be?

blownb310 07-01-2009 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by SVOboy (Post 113317)
Uh oh, I am scared to compete against an insight!

And I'm scared to compete against a CRX with an VX swap, HF transaxle, and wild aero package. :D

Originally Posted by SVOboy (Post 113317)
Any idea what the time limit will be?

We're discussing that this week. Last year you had to maintain 45 or so to make it back in time. I'd like to see it be loosened up a bit to allow some bigger numbers this year. ;)

blownb310 07-02-2009 11:01 PM

The classic compacts are starting to roll in!

Bill Clark had a car show he was planning to go to on August 23rd, but he has thought the better of it. He enjoyed Economy Run II so much last year in his 1960 Metropolitan convertible, that he plans to bring his '57 hardtop out and give it a go this year in the infamous "Gas Mileage Shootout in the Adirondacks".
Here were his comments:

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to blow off the local show and come ride around with you guys in my 57 Met hardtop. I found a set of 3.90 gears to replace the stock 4.22s and I'm going to rebuild the carb, blow up the tires, take out the toe in and try to get my lower compression 1500 to run good. I'll be really happy if I do as well as the high compression 1500 rag top did last year."

Sign me up,


blownb310 07-02-2009 11:03 PM

Welcome V.S.C.N.A. President, Mr. Bruce Turk.

So glad to have a classic Saab economy car on the roster! I still love the original "Little Saab Economy Car"
jingle on the New Salem Saab web site home page.

Bruce will bring his beautifully restored black 1958 Saab 93B.

Bruce wrote:

Hi Mike,

I cleared my calendar and will participate in my 1958 Saab 93B. The completely stock 750cc three cylinder two stroke should do very well. I'll down jet the carb and replace my bias ply's with radials, that combined with the original three speed "free wheel" transmission will kick MPG butt.... I hope!

Please add me to the list and I'll see if I can get some other vintage Saabs to attend.


Bruce Turk

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