A.M.E.C. Economy Run IV - Fonda, NY 11-1-09

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  1. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

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    Here are the details for Economy Run IV:

    What: Fuel mileage contest through Montgomery, Schoharie, and Schenectady counties of NY. The route will be on very scenic and less travelled roads, and will run approximately 108 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].

    Where: The start and finish will be at the Fairway Oil gas station on Route 5 in Fonda, NY. The physical address is 40 E Main St, Fonda, NY 12068. Take NY Thruway Exit 28.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, November 1, 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 to cover the awards.

    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/scooters

    Awards and Lunch: This event will conclude about 1:00 pm, and our plan is to proceed up to 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 ¾ 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. Remember to bring a helmet if you will be racing the karts after lunch.

    To register for this event: Please contact Mike Kamm at (518) 674-0520 or via email: mikek [at ]icerace [ dot] com. Or just simply reply to this thread with your name, year/model car. Registration will be limited to the first 25 drivers.

    Registered drivers list as of 9-15-09

    1. Bruce Turk - 1958 Saab 93B - Walden, NY
    2. Mike Kamm - 1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R - Averill Park, NY
    3. Dave Burnham - 1991 Eco Diesel Jetta - Delanson, NY
    5. Ben Jones - 1991 Honda CRX - Hanover, NH
    6. Richard Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - Johnstown, NY
    7. Jonathan Bartlett - 1995 VW Cabrio TDI conversion - Sterling, MA
    8. Ron Kienhuis - 1972 Citroën SM - Long Island, NY
    9. Eric Hoefer - 2008 Honda Fit - Guilderland, NY
    10. Chang Ho Kim - 1989 Honda CRX - Maynard, MA
    11. Tom Compoli - 1981 VW Rabbit - Schenectady, NY
    12. Claude Hutchings Jr. - 1999 Saab 9-3 - Saquoit, NY
    13. Bob Addis - 1998 VW Beetle TDI - Cohoes, NY
    14. Jacob Swain - 1996 Toyota Camry - Machias, ME
    15. Robert Smalls - 2000 Honda Insight - Buffalo, NY
    16. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC
    17. Hobbit - 2004 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA
    18. Dan Mandle - 2004 Golf TDI [Vegetable Oil] - Potsdam, NY
    19. Ernie Yue - 2001 Ford Focus - Mechanicville, NY
    20. Will Meredith 1998 - Honda Civic EX - Binghamton NY
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  2. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Here's the current list by class:

    Gas Class

    1. Richard Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - Johnstown, NY
    2. Mike Kamm - 1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R - Averill Park, NY
    3. Eric Hoefer - 2008 Honda Fit - Guilderland, NY
    4. Chang Ho Kim - 1989 Honda CRX - Maynard, MA
    5. Tom Compoli - 1981 VW Rabbit - Schenectady, NY
    6. Ernie Yue - 2001 Ford Focus - Mechanicville, NY
    7. Will Meredith 1998 - Honda Civic EX - Binghamton NY
    8. Steve McKelvie - 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 - Franklin, MA
    9. Jeffrey Dungen and Chan Tchen - 1992 Toyota Levin GT-Apex - Montreal, QC
    10. Robert Kerly - 1998 Mercury Tracer - Schoharie, NY
    11. Dan Wren - 2000 Mazda Protégé -

    Diesels and Hybrids

    1. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC
    2. Bob Addis - 1998 VW Beetle TDI - Cohoes, NY
    3. Robert Smalls - 2000 Honda Insight - Buffalo, NY
    4. Hobbit - 2004 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA

    Historic Class

    1. Bruce Turk - 1958 Saab 93B - Walden, NY
    2. Bryon Seyfried - 1972 Datsun 240Z - Fort Johnson, NY
    3. Ron Kienhuis - 1972 Citroën SM - Long Island, NY

    There's still a few spots open if anyone would like to jump in for this Sunday.

    Mike
     
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Sounds like fun but it's a bit out of my neighborhood. :eek:

    Take lots of pictures again!!
     
  4. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Your wish is my command. :)

    It was a great day today for A.M.E.C.'s 4th Economy Run event in two years. No rain in sight and temps in the 50's. For upstate NY in November, these are very good conditions. There was a light wind that both helped and hurt depending on which direction we were travelling [and we travelled in all directions].

    I'd like to thank all who came out and participated. It was most enjoyable, and as always, great to see everyone again.

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    Last minute preparations prior to the start of the competition. That's Steve McKelvie's supercharged, automatic Mercedes Benz SLK on the left.

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    Robert's 2000 Insight has only been on the road for three days. He picked it up as a salvage recovery car and waited a long time to get a title from New York State DMV.

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    Under the hood of Robert's Insight.

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    Martin is seen here readying his record setting diesel Jetta TDI. Will Meredith's Honda Civic was sporting some additional areo treatments on the nose today.

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    Chang Ho Kim's now infamous Civic HF was driven all the from eastern Massachusettes sporting his full plexiglass aero package. Cool!

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    Chang's newly fabricated Kammback for this event.

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    It's always great to see new people at each event, and it was really cool to see an entire family on board, including two black Labs! This is Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wren in their 1986 BMW 325ES.

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    The only Historic Class entry at this event, Bruce Turk's rare 1958 Saab 93B.

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    This was our very first 2-stroke powered vehicle in competition. Check out that areodynamic silhouette! Nice.

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    Richard Vedder's 2000 Escort ZX2 S/R, next to my 1993 Sentra SE-R. We both use these cars for ice racing and other speed type events. Both are 2 liter 5 speed cars with 140 h.p.

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    From 2 cycle classics, to race cars, and modern hybrids, they are all fun to hypermile with.

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    At the halfway checkpoint, our friend Jonathan Bartlett [Lug_Nut] and his 1995 VW Cabrio with TDI swap. Thanks for volunterring your time Jonathan!
     
  5. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    OK, now for the results by class. The length of today's course was verified by two GPS units at 107.5 miles. These results were calculated from that distance.

    Gas Class

    1. Chang Ho Kim - 1989 Honda CRX - 95.98 mpg
    2. Will Meredith 1998 - Honda Civic EX - 61.43 mpg
    3. Mike Kamm - 1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R - 60.73 mpg
    4. Richard Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - 51.20 mpg
    5. Jeffrey Dungen - 1992 Toyota Levin GT-Apex - 50.95 mpg
    6. Robert Kerly - 1998 Mercury Tracer - 41.51 mpg
    7. Ernie Yue - 2001 Ford Focus - 40.88 mpg
    8. Dan Wren - 1986 BMW 325ES - 40.41
    9. Steve McKelvie - 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 - 39.96 mpg
    10. Tom Compoli - 1981 VW Rabbit - 34.90

    Diesels and Hybrids

    1. Robert Smalls - 2000 Honda Insight - 86.73 mpg [See note below]
    2. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - 74.65 mpg
    3. Hobbit - 2004 Toyota Prius - 63.9 mpg [See note below]

    Historic Class

    1. Bruce Turk - 1958 Saab 93B - 36.32 mpg [See note below]

    Notes:

    This was Bruce Turk's first economy run event ever. He basically cruised the entire course at between 40-45 mph with his little 2-stroke pwered Saab. Original fuel economy numbers for the day on that car were 29-31 mpg. Bruce was happy with his 36.32 mpg. However, with his tank topped fully from this event, he drove the 114 miles back to his home at a [GPS calculated] average speed of 59.8 mph. He filled up again and checked his mileage. He was very surprised at what he found. He achieved 45.6 mpg! To me it makes sense, as we all know that all 2 cycle engines definitely have a sweet spot. Unfortunately for Bruce, he didn't learn what it was until after the event!

    As we have learned from holding these events, there are times when the usual top up refill calculation process can sometimes be unreliable and/or inaccurate. Ben Jones' CRX had this problem in Economy Run III. In that case we revert back to what the in car mpg display unit says, and then subtract 2% [the usual error with facory units]. With that said, Robert Smalls' Insight had an unreasonably low mpg outcome at 63.61 mpg. His factory in car unit showed 88.5 mpg. This is a large discrepancy, so we discussed during the awards and all agreed we should revert back to his display figure, minus 2%.

    With their rubber fuel tank bladders, the Prius' don't fill properly either. So Hobbit's initial reading of 55.41 has also been corrected to 63.90 in the same fashion as Robert's.
     
  6. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

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    This is Chan Tchen and Jeffrey Dungen in Jeff's 1992 Toyota Levin GT-Apex. Jeff's on the right, because this is a right hand drive car. This is the JDM spec "Corolla" I spoke about earlier in this thread.

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    The Levin's 2.0 liter engine sports 5 valves per cylinder, individual throttle bodies, and is rated at 170 h.p. We were all very impressed to see it return 50.95 mpg! You've got to love Toyotas.

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    Because of the lack of a motorcycle class at this event, Ernie Yue brought out his 2001 Ford Focus automatic and got 40.88 mpg. He ice races this car in the winter.

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    Tom Compoli brought out his VW Rabbit winter ice racing car. Tommy's carbureted Rabbit returned 34.90 mpg. Richard Vedder's 2.0 liter ZX2 S/R netted 51.20 mpg.

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    This is my 1993 Nissan Sentra SE-R. This is Nissan's 2.0 liter "hot rod" Sentra that I use for winter rallies and ice racing. I've never hypermiled it before and was really delighted with it's 60.73 mpg debut today. The only mods are 2" drop springs, partial lower grill block, taped wheels, with lots of EOC and P&G. ;)

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    And last but certainly not least, we owe a big thank you to our event co-organizer, Mark Long. Mark is the brains behind the operation. He writes the Excel spreadsheets and keeps track of all raw data. He brings his 110V power inverter and powers up his color printer and other things with it. Quite a nice operation.

    Thanks Mark! :)
     
  7. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Very nice! Thanks for the pictures. :)
     
  8. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

    My modest little clutch of mostly-related pictures wound
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