I just spoke with Dennis "Kilowatt" Be rube
and he's rightfully excited....
He just returned from Pomona Speedway and the NHRA
Winston Finals at which he ran an exhibition pass at 10.54, 117mph; no practice runs
HE was unimpressed and feels he could have done a whole
lot better, BUT:
This is the final Winston event of the season and no-one
went there to see an Electric dragster but some "EV
hallmarks" are very noteworthy... Current
Eliminator passed every stringent and long NHRA tech
inspection during which they "tore everything
apart", inspected and photographed, because the
inspectors were indicating that Dennis' vehicle would be
the benchmark for the electrics to follow and they were
impressed. His pit "had around 20
onlookers" at all times during the weekend.
His demonstration run was scheduled during the window
between the 3rd round and the finals and that guaranteed
the maximum exposure of the whole weekend. He
warmed his tires with a little burnout, to fix the crowd's
eyes, and then went down the strip in front of
"126,000 people, all on their feet and cheering, and
I could hear every one of them".
More cheers and resounding applause on his way back to
the pit and the "electric car" became one of
the topics of discussion most often heard. The only
"negative" comment heard was the lack of noise,
from one individual, and Dennis reminded him that he'd be
meeting the noise level requirement for the next few
decades without de-tuning....
Think about it; 126,000 motor sports fans and their
first view of an electric's a great looking machine,
performing very respectably and professionally, and
attended to by a technically knowledgeable and personable
owner/driver think there's a lot of people that
have a different view of electric cars today than they
did waking up yesterday morning and we all have a
dedicated, professional, and fantastic emissary, in
Dennis, to thank for it.
Complete specifications of the EV Drag Rail, "Current Eliminator" and article about
Dennis at the 1998 National Electric Drag Racing Championships appears on page 60 of Preview
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