Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 3/5/05
Alternative Fuel Racing Just Got Interesting
By, Grey Sports
It used to be that alternative fuel vehicles were just slow, wussy and
boring. When someone told you they were driving a car powered by the biggest
nuclear fusion reactor readily available that meant that they were driving a
solar powered pushcart that could do maybe fifty kilometres an hour, down hill
with a backwind.
Donít get me wrong, I am all for alternative fuels, I simply do not consider
racing a car that runs on almost as much alcohol as itís driver to be appealing.
Thing have changed recently, with rules being relaxed as to exactly what
qualifies as an ďalternativeĒ fuel.
This is why the race where the Goth powered car caught my attention.
Apparently the driver, Abe Veffner coupled his wifeís engineering expertise with
a little social knowledge to develop possibly the most innovative design in
The Goths, approximately six of them, are put into the giant hamster wheel on
the back of the car, a stereo with Spice Girls music plays behind them while a
Marilyn Manson CD lies just in front of them.
ďAt first they were climbing over each other to stop the stereo, then to get the
CD, now theyíve worked out that they donít get their black pants so dusty if
they work together, and thatís how I power the car,Ē states Abe.
Apparently Abe experimented with a number of social groups. Hippies were either
too stoned to move or too weak from the munchies to be of much use. Similarly
religious groups failed to provide power, as they would spend their time praying
for release, which Abe eventually had to give them.
Professional protesters who always wanted to be locked up for their beliefs were
the first step in the right direction, providing a willing pool of people for
the wheel, even if a certain lack of motivation was hampering the project.
Goths apparently provided a pool of people willing to be put into the wheel
(something about how they liked being caged) and with the right music were
With this vehicle in the race things became interesting, finally a vehicle that
could actually move.
Consequently there are a number of new alternative fuel racecars being designed.
One promising design would be powered by the useless rant of talkback radio
personalities, potentially providing cleaner fuel and cleaner airways.
Innovative designs such as the car that might run on curse words would be almost
perfect for rush hour conditions, while the vehicle designed to be powered by
the combined paperwork of the Microsoft anti-trust suits offers solutions to
other forms of mounting pollution.
Whilst perhaps not feasible for every day use these vehicles are proving that
human innovation can provide entertaining solutions to environmental problems.