CleanMPG members reenact the Centennial of the 1908 NY to San Francisco Race

Discussion in 'General' started by xcel, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. xcel

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

    Hi Sean:

    ___Per your note and call, I increased the character limit to 65,000 for a little more room. This is the fifth time I have had to increase character and/or pic maximums for this article for some reason :)

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  2. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    ___I rearranged Sean’s and the rest of our quotes so that Schuster’s are always first and than in alphabetical order where there were multiples per section. I changed Sean’s so that they were all left justified vs. the pics being centered and that is about all. Hopefully we will have Ken’s input and it can go up a little after noon.

    ___Let me thank all of you for not only taking on the challenge of the reenactment but for adding your additions to this escapade :) It was truly a pleasure to have you along for the adventure of a lifetime given I have not laughed so hard in many many years.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  3. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

    Wonderful additions and updates....see Sean I knew once you got going we couldn't stop you :D

    BTW I have the funniest short vid of Wayne pushing one of the cars outside McDonalds, where he sees me standing there and realizes uh oh, she's not IN the car and tries to stop it. I about died. Got to upload more stuff soon.
     
  4. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    :eek: Thanks! I got a bit carried away once I started. Good memories! :)



    :eek: I REALLY want to see that one!!! :p
     
  5. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    ___I found the Jackalope pic from Evanston, WY and inserted it in the appropriate location. Ken is uploading some quotes in the next few minutes and I will incorporate those into the article where appropriate. After that, this one goes to the home page as news today and to the article section tomorrow. Anything else that we forgot to upload is possibly going to be lost over time :(

    ___Rani, I want to see that vid too :D :D :D I am sure we can YouTube it and insert it into the thread ;)

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  6. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

    I'll email it in an hour or so as soon as I get home.
     
  7. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Wayne, here's some comments to filter in as you see fit.
    formating here in the paste from notepad looks a little sucky. sorry have to leave for school.

    Ken (before Sean right after first Schuster quote)
    I first read the book about George Schuster and the Greatest Race when I was
    in 2nd or 3rd grade, and it completely captivated me. My mom probably still
    has colored pencil drawings I did back then of the cars like the Thomas
    Flyer. Getting the call from Wayne to participate in this adventure was a
    thrill to say the least. Trying to get some 'period costume' pieces and 45
    star US Flags and tire chains before heading out to New York City was
    maddening in some ways: watching the best looking hats or goggles disappear
    in the frantic last 2 seconds on bidding on ebay! Begging the people to
    please please ship so that I would have it before leaving on this adventure.


    Ken (prelaunch comment)
    The morning of February 12, 2008 is one I won't forget. Franticly shoving
    breakfast down, wondering where Billy was, hoping to get the WAI kit
    installed in time, the flags mounted without getting torn off by passing
    traffic. Preparations ended up going like a well oiled machine - we scurried
    about the cars installing, cleaning, wiping, sticking, taping our way to the
    final 'look'. The excitement kept building the whole time, and crested when
    we headed out for Times Square.

    Ken (launch comment)
    We pulled into Times Square just a little behind time - due to it having been
    closed to traffic for some vehicles that were part of a press conference.
    Sean pulled up behind the 2008 Civic, I jumped out in my trenchcoat, driving
    cap and goggles to snap a few quick pictures of Wayne and Tarabell with the
    2008 Civic. Jumping back into the 2005 Civic next to driver Sean, we started
    the adventure of a lifetime...and immediately found out that our route was
    now trashed because Broadway was now one way - the wrong way! We adapted and
    moved on 'in cabbie style'.

    It wasn't more than about 40 minutes and the little Navi unit had a brain
    cramp and started heading us BACK to New York City! We ended up pulling over
    and I swapped seats with Wayne so he could beat some sense back into the
    Navi.

    Ken (while travelling to Geneva)
    My first chance behind the wheel on this journey dumped me right into my
    element: heavy sleet and snow. I was comfortable driving, yet a bit
    apprehensive as this was my first time in the 2008 Honda Civic. This car
    should handle better than TorqueNada was my immediate thought, and I was
    relieved to be correct. It was very predictable and a pleasure to drive. I
    thought often about those men in 1908 driving in an open car through similar
    conditions, but really 'facing the weather' head on.

    Ken (near Sydney / Rawlins)
    I had the dubious pleasure of being in the same car with Sean on both
    occassions of pushing the tanks to the limit and beyond. Somehow both these
    puckering incedents occurred one after the other. Oh yeah Sean knows how to
    'FuelStretch' as the sign says in Sidney... and then I got to see it again
    when Rawlins disappeared (for us!). That one had me more concerned since we
    were dealing with -4F temps with 40mph winds that would suck the life out of
    you in a short time if we did run out of fuel and had to wait for the others
    to find us.

    Ken (Wyoming)
    Well, the tale that Brian tells of the first encounter with the Wyoming State
    troopers is 'pretty close' to the way it happened... I was disoriented from
    Brian's cannabis comment and expecting the trooper to show up at the driver's
    door, where upon he came up on the passenger side. Somewhere near the
    beginning of the 'chat' I remember pointing and telling him to look at the
    sign on the door, which probably served to confound him a bit, and then
    things just went on from there.

    At least the second time I met up with the Wyoming Troopers it went
    smoother...

    Ken (final comments)
    This Reenactment was something truly special. I still have a hard time
    believing that we were able to put something this monumental together in such
    a short time, and then actually pull it off! We six were such an incredible
    team, helping each other out throughout the trip in so many ways. Sometimes
    it was as simple as staying up for a little while longer to keep someone
    awake, sometimes it was having just the right all natural fruit bar to quench
    a moment of hunger, sometimes it was saying just the right thing to bring a
    smile to your face or outright laughter.

    In light of the original event, I like to think about a 'factor of ten'. We
    did it 10 times 10 years later. We did it in a tenth of time (4.2 days
    versus 42 days). We used approximately a tenth of the fuel, an educated guess
    of about 60 mpg versus 6 mpg that they probably did. But there is one area
    that we are equal on: The feeling of accomplishing a feat like no other, with
    a group of people like no other. I am proud to be a member of this elite team
    of hypermilers.
     
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    ___I finished up adding in Ken’s quotes, culling the redundancies (Ken, I removed any mention of cannabis cracks for our sponsors sake :rolleyes: :D), moving some photos and captions around to match the timeline and am considering taking the multi quotes in a single section and combing them. It looks busy enough already although combining them like this might clean it up a bit?
    ___Let me know what you all think of the quote format before I go through the trouble of combining quotes in a section with multiple quotes sitting on top of one another as the article version # 1216a is currently structured. #1217 will come soon enough :rolleyes:

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  9. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    I like the separated quotes the way they are now.

    For the Wyoming trooper stop quote by Brian, I think right after he commented about the hazard lights is when:
    Ken pointed out the passenger side and said 'Sir, see the sign on the door? We're coming from New York.... going to San Francisco like in 1908.' The trooper was starting to look concerned.
     
  10. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Oh the picture of the jackalope was taken in Wolcott, WY if you want to clarify 'somewhere in Wyoming'

    You might add to Sean's comment after he says Ken get a load of that... Ken talked to the store owner at length about free-range versus feedlot jackalopes.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
  11. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I agree with Ken -- the multiple quote sections is a nice separator.

    I do like your fictional quotes, though!! :D

    Please do add that jackelope comment to mine -- I like it!

    Thanks for the link, Ken! Now I know what that crazy looking thing was... Wayne, could we include a pic for the readers?
     
  13. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Hopefully a couple sentences about it can be put in too... it is one weird looking thing, but quite a labor of love on the artist's part not only financially, but to include actual chunks of Utah in the making of it.

    Yeh, those are good 1-liners :D
     
  14. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member


    Just uploaded the video. But I think it has a bad word in it. :eek:mg:
     
  15. xcel

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

    Hi Ken:

    ___What about Brian’s quote’s with pointing at the sign? If it doesn’t add to the story, I pulled it but in the case of Brian’s quote, I copied his from an earlier post.

    ___Are you sure the Jackalope was in Walcott, WY as that is only about 15 miles east of Rawlins and you would have stopped for fuel there if that was the case? I know we all saw it on the way home which could have been anywhere along I-80 in WY but if that were the case, it should not be included in this write-up :( Let me know about that one ASAP!!!

    ___Please spell out who said what wrt the quotes?

    ___Sean, that was pretty close to reality from our end of the cel ;)

    ___Rani, I am looking for the vid and see what we can do to embed it inside the article. If we can get it up on YouTube, then we can embed it as it should be. I can tell just trying to download it right now it is a slow process and killing the site :(

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2008
  16. xcel

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

    Hi Rani:

    ___Finally saw the vid and that one has to go in somehow! You must have been walking up and saying WTF, where does he think he's going :D :D :D

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  17. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    in the body of Brian's quote: I bolded the sentence / words that I think should be added or changed. the trooper quotes are as currently shown.

    Trooper: Well, I pulled you over because you kept using your hazard lights.

    Ken, pointing out the passenger window towards the side of the car: Sir, see the sign on the door? We're coming from New York... going to San Francisco like they did in 1908.

    Ken, who continues throughout the entire event to sound completely confused: Yeah. I'm driving for some economy and some of the trucks (not cars as is currently shown) are really fast. Really fast. San Fran... west coast. That's where we're going.

    Trooper: Why were you using your hazards?

    ---------
    Darn Darn Darn... the jackalope pic and comments are from the return trip, as can be seen by the date of the picture 2/17/08... I guess it really wouldn't be part of the NY to SF trip.
     
  18. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    ___Ok, version #1237 is up with the YouTube and description plus some of Ken’s changes. Does anyone have anything else … :rolleyes:

    ___Ken, because the Jackalope is such a good side story even if the event occurred on the way back, I simply changed the heading underneath it to read central, WY. It was just too cool to drop from the trip :D

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  19. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Wayne, there are a few wording cleanups I want to do -- I put them in earlier but it looks as though you overwrote them at some point...

    I'll post again when I've finished.
     
  20. xcel

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

    Hi Sean:

    ___Thanks!

    ___I am just about sick of opening up the two hard cover book and web based data on the 1908 race for verifications, the Atlas at least 150 – 200 times now to keep the time lines, locations and roads proper to the story and only want to get it posted so I do not have to touch it again ;)

    ___Let me know when you are through with your last few passes. I would like it to sit on the home page all day tomorrow but Chuck and Reid will have it buried by 09:00 AM more than likely. I will move it to the Article forum after it drops off the home page with a permanent redirect back to the article forum from News.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     

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