There is a new fuel economy event, the Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship, available in the northeast. This fuel economy event will take place in Williamstown, Massachusetts on September 18, 2011. This event is also interesting as both cars and motorcycles will be competing on the same course.
The sponsor of this event will be Max BMW Motorcycles of New York. Max BMW Motorcycles of NY is a competition oriented dealer, as I recall several of their motorcycles competing in last year’s Black River Stages rally.
Steve Mauk of Max BMW Motorcycles of NY will be organizing the motorcyclists and Mike Kamm, a winning fuel economy run driver, will be organizing the cars that will take part in this competition.
This fuel mileage contest will start in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, continuing through portions of Vermont, and New York. The route will be on scenic and challenging roads and will run 94 miles in distance. The route will include the climb up [and decent] of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. Climbs like that will test both the fuel economy of your vehicle plus your driving ability. There will be a time limit to complete the run. Any street legal vehicle is allowed to participate. This event will run rain or shine.
This fuel economy run will start and end at Carpinello Service Center/Sunoco, 364 Main St. Williamstown, MA 01267. Registration will take place from 8:00-8:30am, with the first car off at 9:00am. They have both gas and diesel fuel and a large parking lot for the vehicles to assemble.
In keeping with the economy theme of this event, entry to this event is free!! You can’t beat that!
Steve Mauk of Max BMW Motorcycles of NY will present awards to the following class winners:
1. Best overall mpg for gas cars.
2. Best overall mpg for diesel and hybrid cars
3. Best MPG for bikes under 700cc.
4. Best MPG for bikes over 700cc.
It is estimated that this event will conclude about noon, and the plan is to proceed to a local restaurant for lunch and awards.
I have a keen interest in and have competed in events like this in the past. These fuel economy runs help to encourage innovative thinking in reducing fuel consumption. I would encourage everyone to take part in this event, as you will find interesting cars with innovative modifications, great scenery, and interesting people.