Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Kathy finds the shade.
Let 'er rip !
Ohio State hydrogen fuel cell car readies for their run.
OSU pushing off.
Waiting in line.
Team Austin streamliner
The guys talk it over.
RC 51 just like my brothers. Well almost.
We'd been waiting at least 15 minutes for the track to be ready for Ron's run. Once he got the ok, he took off so fast we barely had time to ready the camera.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This is the first run on Friday and one of the runs needed to aquire a license. No nitrous used.
What sounds like the engine missing is not. For some reason I was dropping frames and getting poor quality when downloading the video from the camera. Don't know why this was happening. You can also hear a generator running in the background in some shots.
First run using the nitrous bottle. You can hear the revs go up on the bike after it passes by and nears the third mile. It was also extremely hard to keep Ron in frame. The sun made it difficult to see the viewfinder and we decided to try and use the digital zoom in order to get a closer shot. Excuses... excuses...
Jerome shot this video since almost everyone else was either at the start or finishing lines. The audio is really interesting. If you turn it up you can hear the motor sputter and fail shortly after passing by and everyones comments as it does.
Ron says "Bummer, man!" when coming back from the first run on the nitrous, when the bike actually ran slower than it did without it.
At the starting line waiting to run. Talkin to The Man.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We arrived before sun up and were able to see the sun rise over the track. It was cool but would not remain so for long once the sun was up and beating down. There was a nice breeze and the weather was great if you were in the shade. But the glare of the salt made it hard to stay focused when taking photographs. Straw hats and bottles of water are mandatory.
Ron was able to make 4 runs for the day and 1 run the day before when the track opened late for a few hours. He was able to qualify for his license but Jerry didn't run the bike since time was short as we lost a few days of track time due to the rain that almost caused the cancellation of the event.
The first 2 runs were great, with the bike pulling hard without the nitrous. On the first nitrous run, the bike actually ran a few mph slower. Once the nitrous kicked in, revs went up and caused some tire spin.
On the final run the motor blew about half way down the track and Ron was forced to pull off the track and coast to a stop. Everyone involved was disappointed and talk of coming back next year to try it again began.