Some people who have been looking at this website for sometime will know that I have an interest in economy runs. There are very few economy runs these days, but I have had the opportunity to participate in a couple of these events. These events have an interesting set of challenges and are very competitive in order to squeeze every mile out of a gallon of gas.
In order to understand the history of these events I recently acquired a book titled “The Mobilgas Economy Run” written by Dave Hermanson. This is a book about the history of the most well-known series of economy runs in the United States the Mobilgas Economy Run. The cover of this book is shown below.
Cover Of The Book About The History Of The Mobilgas Economy Run
In the early years, in the late 1930s, the Mobilgas Economy Runs were one-day events, but later events in the 1950s and 1960s, the economy runs would be multi-day events with distances of over 2,000 miles.
An American Motors Javelin In The 1968 Mobilgas Economy Run
Over the next few weeks, as time allows, I will be reading this book in order to better understand how these events were held and to learn more of their history. I intend to summarize some of these issues in this website.
I have been somewhat puzzled why economy runs as competitive events have disappeared at a time when there is so much emphasis on fuel economy of cars. Perhaps this book will help me understand why.
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