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Escape from Berkeley (by any non-petroleum means necessary)

Now that Convert your Honda Accord to run on trash has won the Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest, it's prepped to race to Mexico for a chance of winning $10,000.00!

Our friends at The Shipyard and ALL Power Labs are running Escape from Berkeley (by any non-petroleum means necessary), the premier alternative-fuels road rally, for the second year in a row. Last year they escaped from Berkeley and fled to Vegas; this year they're running for the boarder.

The directions are laid out for you, all you need to do is get to work. Will you be there? If so, be sure to document your alternative fuel project on Instructables!



A road race to Mexico, no fuel allowed.
June 12-16, 2009

Berkeley, CA - "Escape from Berkeley (by any non petroleum means necessary)" is a road rally of alternatively powered vehicles from Berkeley, California to the US-Mexican Border. Part engineering problem, part artistic opportunity, the rally challenges contestants to start their "engines" on something other than petroleum based fuel, and by any means necessary, cause their "vehicles" show up at the border five days later - using only fuels/power/motive force scavenged for free along the route.

Last years inaugural race took us from the DIY oasis of ALL Power Labs in Berkeley, CA, to the consumptive excess of Las Vegas, Nevada. Returning to compete for the second running of the race will be 1st Place Rally Winner Jack McCornack from Cave Junction, OR and Runner Up Wayne Keith from Springfield, AL. Registration for new racers is now open. Interested racers should write jim@allpowerlabs.org.

All types of vehicles are welcome. All schemes for non-petroleum based transport are encouraged. In short, everything is permitted - just as long as your "fuel" is from a non-petroleum based source, your acquisition of it does not require money, and you start the race with no more than 10kwh of it on board. The full field of power generation and conversion is open for scavenging and creative power hacking.

DARPA had a Grand Challenge. . . the rednecks a Cannonball Run. . . and the Auto X prize is still a year away. So in the meatime, NASA scientists and junkyard fabricators will go head-to-head in a no holds barred battle of engineering prowess and creative excess. Hanging somewhat in the balance are bragging rights for saving the world. That, and a grand prize of $10,000.

Schedule:

  • June 12th - Race begins at ALL Power Labs in Berkeley, CA. End and overnight in Parkfield, California, the Earthquake capital of the world.
  • June 13th - 2nd leg start at Parkfield. End and overnight at El Mirage dry lake.
  • June 14th - Day off at El Mirage dry lake for landspeed trials. Some EFB racers to run speed trials.
  • June 15th - 3rd leg start at El Mirage. End at Salton Sea, California State Recreation Area.
  • June 16th - 4th leg start at Salton Sea. End at the beach where the fence goes into the ocean at the Border Fields State Park, US Mexico Border.

"Some entries will arrive at the start line with extreme technical innovation. Others will arrive with only creative excess. The best entries, as well as the likely winners, will need to arrive with both." - Jim Mason

New York Times article on last year's race.

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i smell charcoal
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
you could ride a bike there....
purduecer8 years ago
In light of State Department advisories and recently heightened drug activity in Mexico, is it really such a good idea to go there?
Kiteman8 years ago
I'm looking forward to it - keep us updated!
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
Some girls at work are doing an "Escape to Wakefield Prison" (New Hall I think). Someone drives them somewhere in a darkened bus an they've got to get back on their own initiative no cash, etc. (charity of course).

Seems a bit quiet tonight?

L
Kiteman lemonie8 years ago
It was... (It's morning - I'm just checking my mail before I go to Duxford for the day with some Cubs.)
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
Have fun then. My dad keeps threatening to take me there. L