Battle Mountain WHPSC 2007 Human Powered Vehicle Speed Championships - Pictures by Teresa Spencer
Battle Mountain WHPSC 2007
Human Powered Vehicle Speed Championships

Photo by Teresa Spencer
Jeff Caswell tries out the Sled Edge in the Super-8 parking lot. Note the corrugated cardboard Coroplast crash panels taped to the sides. They conform nicely to 3-D bends, and are surprisingly tough. (And cheap) 
Jeff displays his Super Micro Bikes . One micro bike belongs to Eric Ware, the other to Jeff.
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 The UMR team works on their speedbike.
Team Spencer unloads the Panther speedbike. 
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Photo by Teresa Spencer
Sam Whittingham and Georgi Georgiev inspect the Pather innards. Behind Sam are Steve Nash and LaVerne Spencer.
Out on Mule Shoe Road for qualifying

Teresa notes: "Monday, we had to qualify without the top due to wind. Special thanks to Craig from UM Rolla who helped everyone and expecially us with launching with the roller blades." 


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The Panther has a very slick canopy, blown by Garrie Hill. 
Steve Spencer warms up on the Panther.
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Team Spencer R->L Teresa, Steve, and LaVerne. 
A heavily wrapped Jeffrey James Caswell takes pictures of the unique Panther hub steering system. 
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Photo by Teresa Spencer
Dave Gertler gets taped into the Western Washington Valkyrie for his qualifier run.
Steve is ready for his qualifier run. 
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Photo by Teresa Spencer
Desert Dustcloud. 
Out at the gravel parking lot nect to the SR 305 starting line, the beautifully painted (soon to be scratched up) UMR  StreaMiner speedbike awaits it's turn.
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 Sam warms up on the rollers.
Scott Wilson adjusts the trainer on Damjan's bike.
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Photo by Teresa Spencer
UMR's Jerrod Bouchard warms up.
Georgi Georgiev carries Tom Nowak's "Orange" Varna clone top back to the catch parking lot, after Tom finished his run.

 


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Teresa notes "Monday night was the first time Steve had the top on the Panther and was taped in. I was at the finish awaiting when I heard one of the check-ins along the route report that the Panther chase car had just passed timing but no one knew where the Panther was."
"When the chase car pulled in, I could see Steve in the back seat. We all found out together that the Panther's back wheel was rubbing enough for Steve to feel and see the shavings on his head and arms. He could also smell the tire burning. He decided at mile 2, to slow down and do a controlled dump."

"Little would we know that the tire rubbing would be an ongoing problem."  


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Steve gives signatures to the school kids during Tuesday's show and tell.
Steve poses with Jay and the Panther. 
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Steve is ready to make his Tuesday run 
Steve poses with Panther in the desolation of the desert. 
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Steve and Teresa with Panther. 
Craig from UM Rolla shows his rollerblade launching technique.
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Steve warms up. 
Racers line up for launching. On the left, Stephen Dey in UC Davis' Bessie III speedbike, on the right, Tom Amick taping Larry Lem into the Bent Up Beluga while Mark Anderson supports the 'liner.
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Sam Whittingham in the Diablo 3 and Damjan Zabovnik in Eivie 2.
Tom Nowak gets sealed into the Orange Varna. 
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 As night falls, Steve is sealed into the Panther.
Panther lines up in front of the UMR 'liner.
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Teresa notes: "Tuesday, more tire rubbing ( after a tire change and new configuration of back end) but Steve was able to finish the course." 
Damjan's tiny window and mirror. 
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Teresa notes: "Wednesday, Steve and LaVerne spent all day working on the tire rubbing issue and were confident they had it solved by the night run. The weather was perfect, the best day there. Right before the run, Steve hit his head on the glass door of the truck and the glass window shattered all over. So we were cleaning up glass until 2 minutes before the run. Luckily, Steve wasn't hurt and he was ready to go on time. When we finished the course, Steve said the conditions were so different from the previous days, he had very little wind, very little tire rub, that he simply misjudged when to really hit it and simply had his fastest speed after the timing trap."


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Back on MuleShoe, Raymond Gage prepares to qualify in the Orion speedtrike.
Raymond gets taped in. 
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This is a video navigated vehicle, and the camera is on the small spar at the high point of the fairing. Very cool wheel covers... 
Eric Ware had problems with the primary viewing system of the Sled Edge - a camera system, so later in the week a periscope system was rigged up and Eric had to re-qualify.
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Photo by Teresa Spencer
 Eric gets sealed up.
Teresa notes: "Thursday proved to be the windiest and most eventful. Steve launched behind the Blue Jay (16y/o). It was obvious that the wind was effecting the Blue Jay because within a mile, Steve was right behind their chase car and had to make a decision to pass. It was so windy, that many times in the chase car we could see the whole profile of the bike. We were afraid that if Steve passed the motor home chase car of the Blue Jay, he would get in a wind trap and get blown off the road. Steve did pass the motor home and the Blue Jay bike and then sped away. We in the chase car was stuck behind the motor home and Blue Jay as it limped in to the finish. At one point, the next bike behind all of us, one of the university bikes, tried to pass as well. He didn't have as good of luck and went down and off the road as he passed the Blue Jay. When we got to the finish and went to the stands to watch the others, there was another pass, the UM Rolla bike passed the Orange Varna just after the timing trap. They were actually barely seconds from passing in the timing trap. It was wild to see.

Friday as you know the weather was crappy and we knew there was no way they were going to run that night. Steve and I decided to leave. LaVerne stayed for Saturday's festivities and award ceremony on Saturday night.

Overall, it was quite an experience. If not for the tire rubbing issue that plagued the Panther throughout the event, who knows what speed Steve could have seen. Nothing beats the camaraderie and sportsmanship found at the event. After -run meetings and then dinner was something to look forward to every night. The town of Battle Mountain has shown some improvements, but there is no need to improve the welcome. We felt right at home the entire week. We will definitely be back for another try next year. Who knows, maybe we will paint the panther pink and I might go for the women's record one day."
Happy racers pose for a group shot. 

L->R Eric Ware, Sam Whittingham, Damjan Zabovnik, Rob Hitchcock (behind Damjan), Jerrod Bouchard, Dave Gertler, Larry Lem (down low), Tom Amick, Eli Mueller (Junior), Raymond Gage, Steve Spencer, Tom Nowak.


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