A (rather watery) Weekend at Waterford

This past weekend was the 31st Annual Michigan HPV Rally at the Waterford Hills Sports Car Racing Track in Clarkston, Michigan. And of course, the HPVDT was there, amongst ~35 other new and old faces in the HPV community.

We had a smaller turn out this year than we normally did, but that also means those who came got more time on our vehicles.

This year, we have Bruce, Evan, Sherry, Alan and Calvin:

Bruce, Evan, Sherry, Alan and Calvin at the Waterford tracks. Photo by Prof. Jun Nogami (https://jnyyz.wordpress.com)

Photo by Prof. Jun Nogami (https://jnyyz.wordpress.com)

Packing in the rain on Friday evening:

We got to the Waterford Hills Road Racing Tracks around midnight. We had a lot of interesting looks on the road…

Rider’s meeting, bright and early on Saturday morning.

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Thankfully, it stayed dry for the most part on Saturday.

Calvin gets ready for the first event – the One-Hour Time Trial – in Vortex.

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Here are some of the participants in the One-Hour Time Trial for the Streamliner class:

Our pit crew (you can always trust Bruce to be the goofy one):

Evan and Bruce line up for the One-Hour Time Trial for stock, junior, women and tandem classes:

Some of the other racers:

Don’t underestimate the juniors! They are small but mighty riders!

Alan tries out Vortex for the first time. He’s a natural!

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Admiring some of the other streamliners:

Dinner time! On the menu we have pasta and Calvin’s special treat: baguettes dipped in gourmet olive oil.

Saturday turned out to be quite productive. Every rider got a chance to race and time to practice.

Unfortunately, Sunday turned out to be very rainy. The organizers decided that it was too wet to ride, and cancelled all of Sunday’s events. This is the first time that this has happened in the 31 years this event has been running.

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Photo by Prof. Jun Nogami (https://jnyyz.wordpress.com)

The award ceremony. Calvin got 2nd place in his One-Hour Time Trial in Vortex.

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Photo by Prof. Jun Nogami (https://jnyyz.wordpress.com)

After that, we packed up early and went home.

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Photo by Prof. Jun Nogami (https://jnyyz.wordpress.com)

Despite the smaller than usual turn out and the rain, this was still a fun weekend for those who came. We got some quality practice time in our vehicles, and exposure to the other members of the HPV community. Thank you to all the organizers and the HPVA for hosting. We hope to see you all again soon at the Northbrook/Kenosha Races!

Full size photos: http://hpvdt.skule.ca/waterford.html

HPVA’s website: http://www.recumbents.com/home/

Prof. Nogami’s blog: https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/

PS. Photos from the ASME HPVC are also up: http://hpvdt.skule.ca/asme.html

HPVDT in the Community

Earlier this school year, the team attended a couple of events, where we got a chance to meet many people from the community and show off our work.

On November 22 – 23, 2014, our team attended the Toronto Mini Maker Faire at the Toronto Reference Library. We were amongst many of the local creators, hackers, crafters, tinkerers, and curious minds of all ages.

Calvin showing off Bluenose at the Mini Maker Faire Toronto.

Calvin showing off Bluenose at the Mini Maker Faire Toronto.

Mini Maker Faire 2014

Mini Maker Faire Toronto 2014

On November 25, 2014 Calvin and I exhibited our team’s accomplishments at the annual Pollution Probe Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. We had a chance to meet and talk to many influential people who care about environmental responsibility. We were honored to be amongst a group of students who were selected by the organizers to fit the theme of this year’s gala, “Future Builders”. The highlight of the evening was when we were requested during dinner to make a personal presentation for Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario.

Sherry and Calvin speaking to Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, about Bluenose and other accomplishments of the HPVDT.

Sherry and Calvin speaking to Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, about Bluenose and other accomplishments of the HPVDT.

Kathleen Wynne at the student table during dinner.

Kathleen Wynne at the student table during dinner.

Pollution Probe Gala 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Pollution Probe Gala www.cialismax.com 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

It's Crunch Time!

Last Wednesday, April 8, the HPVDT officially submitted our Design Report for the 2015 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge East, hosted at the University of Florida this year from May 8 to 10, which means there is less than one month left until the competition!

At HPVDT, we are always up for trying new things. This year, we took a very different approach to our design; instead of having a fully-faired vehicle, we will be bringing Viteza, a partially-faired HPV. This decision was made after carefully considering the practical requirements, and placing them at this site – www.cialismax.com an equal importance as the performance.

A 3D rendering of Viteza, the 2015 ASME HPVC East submission from the HPVDT.

A 3D rendering of Viteza, the 2015 ASME HPVC East submission from the HPVDT.

With less than a month to go, the whole team is busy building, training and doing other preparation for the competition. Stay tuned for more updates!

See you soon, Florida!