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Feb 1, 2008

Put a drag-racing strip on an Indian reservation in the wild hills east of San Diego and invite electric car nuts to race, and what do you think they'll wanna do?!!

Watch this cool video of some high-voltage dragsters drag-racing, plus a weird and wonderful collection of Electric Vehicle's and their owners and the spectators on parade.
http://www.kyte.tv/channels/view.html?uri=channels/31581/95919

More Electric Dragin 2008 photos here: http://news.webshots.com/album/562277951hLbzcM?vhost=news

Electric Dragin Information and Drag Racing Comptitors, Results, news, etc. www.electricdragin.com

Kick Gas Photos by Vllage Energy

I attended the one day only, but I was impressed by two things in particular (okay, three things):

  1. It brought people from all walks together informally because of something tremendously  important, i.e., EV's. I think most people came away with a positive experience in mind. People were friendly, no war, just peace, love and groovy.
  2. We were up in the hills, away from the 'valley villains', and with clean air and wide-open spaces, it was a great location where everyone could unwind and have some fun.
  3. The EVent gave opportunity for EV enthusiasts and 'newbies' alike, to participate in an EVent where they could learn about electric vehicles, see them perform, and talk to one another about everything in between. Very positive. (Laughter and happiness provided much welcomed relief from the sometimes overwhelming bad news we are all so used to hearing about lately).
    Good News Travels Far

I'm certainly looking forward to day 2 in May (31st),2008, when attendance figures should improve, (500 people turning up over two days, hey, nothing too shabby there).

Finally, I'm all in favor of getting the message out so people begin to understand that even one of their 'several' cars could be a candidate for EV conversion, and this is an environmental issue more need to learn about. An EVent like Electric Dragin, so let us not underestimate the impact value of what it represented.

Co-op is such a great idea I think for getting enthusiasts involved with each others projects, and in so doing, demonstrating how things can be done. The point is, whatever a persons background, regardless of race, creed, religious beliefs, you wouldn't be reminded of that if you were all involved together making EV's, ...and EVen electric boxes have their place. Look at the smiles it brought!

Unfortunately, the co-op idea is almost 'foreign' in concept to a lot of people I think, due to how society has become so divided up, individualized, disjointed and unfamiliar with a co-op's simple but purposeful design and beauty. Much too much emphasis always seems to go into making everyone think it's 'normal' to do everything on their own, solo, and this is the unfortunate results of just what the industrial revolution has done to separate members of society from one another, and break up the cohesiveness that is necessary to make America great.

Before the industrial age, an agrarian way of life was more about families, friends and neighbors working together to plant, tend and harvest food for crops. They tended to socialize more back then than now, and wasn't life quite a bit slower than it's become in recent years as the rat-race became a term people would joke about, but look at 'em now going endlessly back and forth on the streets and freeways at reckless, wasteful, dangerous speeds, and so, where is everyone going in such a hurry??!!

The Electric Dragin EVent slowed everyone down long enough to just get together and relax a little and unwind. I can't tell you how valuably theraputic that is, just for people to get out of the cities long enough to breathe fresh air again.

Electric Dragin was I think the almost perfect venue for all sorts of environmentally based causes, but in the case of promoting what should be everyone's cause, that is to get the message across to others that we don't have to wait for the latest and greatest (and most expensive) new electric car to come along, when what can be done now to RE-CYCLE what we already have is crucial to Survival, so why not cooperate to facilitate?

I have always thought your idea, Q, to mobilize and organize the co-operative is a good one.

I'll end where I began ...A co-op would bring people together rebuilding EVs, and that's a good thing (just like the work shops, comradarie, pooling our interests, supporting one another, etc., etc. The fact that EVeryone wins when a new electric car is reborn, is of tremendous worth, because it steers us all away from becoming idle do nothing nobodies that just sit around waiting for someone to tell us what to do.

Dare to be different, I say.

We're certainly not fighting dirty perpetual wars when we're all busy agitating for peace and teaching others, (to teach others), how to revolt against the madness.

The politics of such a movement cross all boundaries and divisions, and create an alternative I firmly support and believe in.

Long Live the REVolution!
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