Last updated 2002.06.08
Despite days of glorious weather forecasts for the big day, the day started overcast and ominous. It appeared our rain or shine policy for the event would be put to the test this year. While sporadic light showers did occur several times throughout the day, the actual downpour the clouds kept hinting at never materialized.
Sadly, the threatening skies probably kept away a significant portion of the numbers of spectators we had expected. Unfortunate for them - they missed our best Electrathon event to date. In addition to the Electrathon vehicles, we had a nice selection of other EVs displayed, including:
Radio control model boats (operating in the portable "pond"), courtesy of Rideau Nautical Modelers
A trailerable sailboat with an electric auxiliary drive built into the rudder (EVCO member)
An ElecTrak E15 electric tractor (EVCO member)
A Ford Ranger electric conversion (EVCO member)
A Mazda RX-7 electric conversion (EVCO member)
2 VW Jetta electric conversions (EVCO members)
An Auranthetic electric motorcycle (EVCO member)
A Pontiac Fiero electric conversion (EVCO member)
A Nissan Hypermini (courtesy Transport Canada)
A Ford Ranger EV (courtesy Transport Canada)
A Toyota Estima hybrid minivan (courtesy Transport Canada), and,
A Honda Insight hybrid (courtesy Transport Canada).
This year, thirteen vehicles qualified for the Electrathon competition: four in Open Class; and nine in the High School Electrathon Class. Three registered teams did not appear on event day. At least one of these suffered a breakdown the previous Sunday in a similar event which could not be resolved in time for the 2002 EVCO event. In general, I thought the quality of the vehicles was the best yet, and the competitiveness is reflected in the fact that the top five teams completed between 60 and 65 laps in the hour.
The fastest lap time recorded provided a speed of approximately 55 km/h.
After the one-hour competition, the on-road display vehicles performed demonstration laps for the spectators, and most of the Electrathon cars were moved to the display area to permit closer inspection by the public.
Arnprior District High School "Red Lightning" [#747] 64.75 laps (39 km)
Arnprior District High School "Rolling Thunder" [#01] 63.2 laps (38 km)
Courtice Secondary School [#38] 61.2 laps (37 km)
I.E. Weldon Secondary School [#24] 50.6 laps (30 km)
East Northumberland Secondary School [#16] 50.0 laps (30 km)
Brookfield High School [#41] 40.0 laps (24 km)
Woodroffe High School "Carbonita" [#4] 33.0 laps (20 km)
East Northumberland Secondary School [#15] 21.0 laps (13 km)
Woodroffe High School [#9] 19.0 laps (11 km)
"Propultron" [#46] 65.4 laps (39 km)
Giraph Protective Technologies [#G1] 60.0 laps (36 km)
Équipe Court-Circuit [#72] 54.1 laps (32 km)
Black Shadow Racing [#57] 31.5 laps (19 km)
Courtice Secondary School
Giraph Protective Technologies (for their "leaning" style vehicle)
East Northumberland Secondary School
Courtice Secondary School
As event Chair, I thank all the approximately 100 volunteers for their efforts that made for a smooth running event, including groups
Motorsport Club of Ottawa
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
CineReal Pro Video
Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club
St. John Ambulance
and a significant number of individuals not affiliated with these groups, as well as many EVCO members.
I am also grateful to the owner and staff of the Ottodrome International Speedway for their cooperation and assistance in staging this event, and helping things go so smoothly.
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