Hypermilers Re-enact the 1908 centennial of NY to San Francisco Race

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  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Drivers Cross Country in Hybrids in attempt to set mileage record.

    [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Great_Race_HCH-I_1_Small.jpg[/xfloat]Sean Welch - CleanMPG - Feb. 10, 2008

    Chicago - Six hypermilers will begin driving across the country from New York City's Times Square on February 12, 2008 in a re-enactment of the historic Greatest Automobile Race of 1908. Their goal is to commemorate this event using advanced hybrid vehicles while striving for record fuel economy.

    The hypermilers will depart New York exactly 100 years to the minute from the start of the original Greatest Automobile Race. They will be driving two Honda Civic Hybrids as a convoy, in shifts, and without stopping 24/7. Their route will take them through 42 towns and cities along the US portion of the path blazed by the original 1908 Teams and their vehicles, finishing nearly 4000 miles later in San Francisco, CA.

    The historic 1908 Automobile Race set the stage for the many automotive successes seen in the twentieth century. Using the most advanced fuel efficient autos in production today, this centennial tribute intends to promote fuel conservation, lower emissions, and superior auto technology for the twenty-first century. Typical February winter weather and road conditions are expected to present numerous challenges. Additionally, much of the original 1908 route is less than optimal for fuel efficiency; however the drivers expect to take these hurdles in stride in their quest for outstanding mileage.

    The team is led by Wayne Gerdes of Chicago Illinois. Mr. Gerdes originally coined the term "hypermiling" to describe a driver who strives to exceed the EPA fuel economy rating of their vehicle, and has achieved record mileage numbers in unmodified vehicles on several occasions. In 2005 his team drove 1397 miles (for 110.0mpg) in a Toyota Prius on a single tank of fuel in the Prius Marathon Attempt. In 2006 another team he led achieved 90mpg in a Honda Insight over 200 miles in the Tour De Sol fuel efficiency challenge. Also in 2006, Wayne and a group of seven drivers smashed the record for the longest-distance single tank of fuel marathon attempt by achieving 164.4mpg over 2,254 miles, again in a stock Honda Insight.

    The five other drivers participating in the Greatest Automobile Race re-enactment consist of Bill Kinney of Washington, Brian Morris of Nevada, Ken Gordon of Illinois, Rani Cardona of California and Sean Welch of Minnesota. Honda North America is providing a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid as one of the cars. Laurie With is providing the second car, a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid.


    This event has no connection or association in any manner relating to the Great Race 2008 (TM).

    For more information regarding hypermiling, please visit CleanMPG.
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  2. DebbieKatz

    DebbieKatz ФЕХ Царйца

    Best of luck to all :flag::flag::flag:
  3. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Do you have a description of the route?
  4. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member


    Good luck gang and I can't wait to follow the progress. It will be interesting to see how the different segments of the trip equate to miles per gallon considering the different weather and road conditions offered between New York & San Francisco.

  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bestmapman:

    ___The following may help ;)

    1908 centennial Automobile Race Reenactment - NY City to San Francisco, CA

    Waypoint #LocationDistance (miles)Time
    #1NY City – Times Square011:00 AM Feb. 12th
    #2Hudson, NY12002:00 PM
    #3Fonda, NY8404:00 PM
    #4Canastota, NY8206:00 PM
    #5Geneva, NY7407:30 PM
    #6Buffalo, NY11410:00 PM
    #7Niagara Falls, NY2010:30 PM
    #8Erie, PA11902:00 AM Feb. 13th
    #9Toledo, OH20206:30 AM
    #10Kendallville, IN10809:00 AM
    #11Wawaka, IN1109:00 AM
    #12Goshen, IN2509:30 AM
    #13South Bend, IN3610:30 AM
    #14New Carlisle, IN1510:30 AM
    #15Rolling Prairie, IN911:00 AM
    #16Chesterton, IN2211:30 AM
    #16aBurdick, IN811:30 AM
    #17Chicago, IL6001:00 PM
    #18Rochelle, IL6302:30 PM
    #19Clarence, IA13405:30 PM
    #20Belle Plaine, IA7007:00 PM
    #21Ogden, IA13110:00 PM
    #22Logan, IA14901:30 AM Feb. 14th
    #23Omaha, NE2902:00 AM
    #24Columbus, NE8404:00 AM
    #25Lexington, NE14707:30 AM
    #26Sidney, NE17611:30 AM
    #27Cheyenne, WY10302:00 PM
    #28Laramie, WY4603:00 PM
    #29Walcott, WY7805:00 PM
    #30Rawlins, WY2005:30 PM
    #31Granger, WY15408:30 PM
    #32Evanston, WY6410:00 PM
    #33Morgan, UT5211:00 PM
    #34Ogden, UT2411:30 PM
    #35Promontory Point, UT7801:30 AM Feb 15th
    #36Cobre, NV27007:00 AM – Ghost Town
    #37Ely, NV15710:30 AM
    #38Tonopah, NV16802:30 PM
    #39Ballarat, CA18006:30 PM – Ghost Town
    #40Bakersfield, CA21711:00 PM
    #41Los Banos, CA17103:00 AM Feb 16th
    #42San Francisco, CA12206:00 AM

    ___As for the schedule, I left a lot of slack in the Waypoint schedules to add for any number of things we may encounter and if we hit the final at + or – 3 hours, I will be extremely pleased. Let alone most of the Times are estimates based on a 50 mph drive with 10 - 15 + minutes every few hours for pics and vids plus some of the strange routes to get to some of the more off the beaten patch Waypoints we are headed too :D

    ___Good Luck

  6. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have an idea of the time it took to run the course in 1908 or what the approximate MPG would have been for the types of cars used in the original race.
  7. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    that can't be my car, it's too &$(*&#$@ clean!!! wow, way to go, guys.
  8. ericbecky

    ericbecky Member

    Boy, that'd be tough to figure out.
    So many days were spent only going a few miles because of the bad terrain or weather.
    Plus how do you count the times where they had to use other means of transportation (ie horseback, freighter) in order to travel?

    I look forward to having someone weigh in on the subject, though.
  9. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Are you open to escorts on any of the segments that go near any of us?
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Bestmapman:

    ___Check your PM Inbox ;)

    ___All, we are hitting the road for New York in about 5 minutes so we will try and keep everyone updated as we progress to and than the way back across as we find a way to do that ;)

    ___Good Luck

  11. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Best of luck guys and may you always have a tail wind.:flag:
  12. PapaMile

    PapaMile Drive like you ride a bike

    That's franky great. You could put a GPS on your cars in order for us to follow you in real time.

    That's great !

    Pierre M.
  13. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

    Hopefully the folks not driving at various times can get on the
    horn and call in progress reports. Do you have a target for
    that? [My schedule is probably too spotty in the next couple
    of weeks, or I'd offer..] GPS breadcrumb logs and some handycam
    clips with the driver doing a monologue on strategies to deal
    with upcoming terrain/traffic would probably rock, too.
  14. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Good Luck!!!

    Should be a hoot!
  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Folks, we just made our way into Indiana at 60mpg from Ken's house -- and he's doing a great job getting that FCD up!! Pulling that city traffic junk up was quite the effort. I think we have a new fan of Honda Hybrid highway driving. :)
  16. Linda

    Linda Well-Known Member

    Stay warm, drivers! May your trip be downhill both ways with the winds always at your back! ;-)
  17. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    no, it's not for sale ;)
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I just relinquished the wheel to Wayne Almighty ;) with FCD showing 63.5mpg 50mi past Toledo. There are currently 870+ mi on the tank and we're going for over 900... :D
  19. lamebums

    lamebums Member

    Nice...although I'm about 200 miles out of the way (northern Kentucky, it's across from Cincinnati) I'm with yeah all the way... (at least morally?)...

  20. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    63.9mpg over 915mi :D

    She took 14.537g giving actual of 62.9mpg -- looks like 1000 was available but we weren't going to try it at 4F with windchill of -20F.

    That tailwind for the last 350mi helped but now we are headed into snow...

    Note this is just the preliminary run on the way to NY and not part of our actual re-enactment.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008

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