Day 3 page 1- the show
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Chaos de Sol
Finally, Saturday morning arrives. Though the ground has the consistency of porridge, it didn’t rain during the entire show. The sun even made some token appearances (which I tried to document below).
The POG’s little home away from home. Here we were set up at the entrance to the Hybrid/Alternate Fuel/Electric Vehicle Section (try saying that three times fast). We had the advantage of being right by the one of the main entrances and by the food. So we saw thousands come past. Many of those people wanted to stop and talk about the Prius. Most of the questions were pretty basic, “What was it like to drive?” and such. It was a lot of fun being able to show people that the Prius is just a car. A really, cool, low polluting, fuel efficient car, but in the end, just a car. And for the most part, that’s good news.
Here’s Wayne Gerdes, his Insight, his trophy for the drive-in rally and his navigator/co-pilot (and a Prius owner), Dan Kroushl. Both of these gentlemen were also involved in the Pittsburgh Prius Single Tank Marathon last year that was covered by HBO.
And of course, the POG table of fun. The hottest item on the table? Without a doubt, Hobbit’s amazing handouts. He had made copies of some of the sheets he adorned his car with, important information about how the car works and such. People grabbed them up like they were blank checks.
The weather threatened on and off throughout the day. While this is particularly dismal sample of that, there were many points where the the event’s namesake did poke through the clouds.
Without a doubt Hobbit was the best Prius ambassador one could ask for. His vast knowledge, passion for the technology and real, down-to-earth approach kept him busy throughout the show. I can’t recall of how many technical questions I had to defer to him from people, but it was a lot.
Clifton Park Toyota came with a Lexus GS450h, a hybrid Camry and hybrid Highlander.
To continue on to see more of the day’s events including the awards and autocross, click here.