Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Electric truck, 3-wheeler & concept car + regular electric vehicles (EV) on worlds biggest EV rally

As usual the WAVE Trophy, the world's biggest electric vehicle (EV) rally is attracting a whole range of unusual EVs and development projects. These include an electric truck, a three wheeler and new super car which will all the conventional EVs and e-bikes on this years rally through Switzerland. This fits in with the WAVE Trophy wider goals of showing of new and unconventional EV technology, raising awareness of green transport and promoting sustainable living.

Crowdcar concept EV from Germany
The WAVE Trophy will bring together conventional and wacky electric vehicles (EV) from 10 countries. EV teams will travelling 1,200km through some of the most dramatic scenery in Switzerland competing for various trophies, meeting environmental projects and promoting EV / sustainable transport in the cities and towns they will stop from the 8th to the 16th of June.
  • Crowdcar is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded concept lightweight EV with a range of 100 km and maximum speed 80 km / h is from a German team. It is being developed with limited resources "to create, make, build, hack, learn, invent and (prototypically) realise new concepts, visions and software especially in the field of transportation and mobility."
  • The Swiss built E Force electric heavy duty truck is a converted IVECO Stralis with a range of 300 km and maximum speed 120 km / h which is designed to help companies meet their environmental goals and perfect for urban delivery because of its near silent operation
  • Three wheeler is a converted Piaggio Ape Classic 400 which is iconic and highly practical transport vehicle for narrow city streets. It is a converted one-cylinder diesel which has a 6kw 48V electric motor. 
  • Siemens Bull E VW van a converted 1979 Volkswagen Transport van T2 with a range of 200 km and maximum speed 120 km / h. It is also packed with technology to educate and advise people and business how to convert their buildings to renewable energy and sustainability. This is part of Siemens aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • “Powerpiki” a Smart Roadster converted to electric by a team from Slovenia with a range of 280 km and maximum speed 160 km / h

View some of them here as well as photos of groups of WAVE Trophy EVs locations in previous times. ​

These will join a full range of conventional EVs such as Teslas, Renault Zoes, BMW i3s, Nissan Leafs, Johammer and Zero e-motorbikes and many e-bikes. In addition there will be unconventional classic / vintage conversions taking part

The Wave Trophy is in its eight year it will be bigger than ever and will travel through two different countries - Switzerland (8th to the 16th of June) and Austria (21st to the 29th of September) - at separate times for the first time. The reason for this is the demand for places has increased considerably and it seems we will have at least 50% more teams taking the number to more than 160.

Hundreds of EV enthusiasts from many countries will travel 1,200 kilometres over eight days through mountain passes and the most spectacular sights of the Alps, As well as an adventurous holiday the WAVE Trophy participants will visit interesting towns, green companies and schools. Also it is an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

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Monday, 7 May 2018

World’s first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing competition on sand announced

Precision, if some times hair-raising, aviation action and visually stunning vintage biplanes expected!

The World’s first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing (STOL) competition on sand is set to take place in Belgium in the Summer. Organised by one of the world’s top aviation adventure companies it is expected to attract pilots from all over the globe and establish some new world records. This first event, the VintageAirRally International STOL Competition'  will be attended by thousands of spectators who will witness some hair-raising if not gut-wrenching flying on this unusual day out on the beach! 

The 'VintageAirRally International STOL Competition' will take place on the beach of the fashionable spa town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Pilots will engage in precision if some times hair-raising landing and take off manoeuvres with the shortest distance the winner. The ultimate goal is to establish some new world records at this spectacular aviation event!

Set to take place from the 14th to 17th June 2018, this world’s first ever vintage STOL competition is not only for modern specialised 'bush planes' it is also for the iconic visually stunning vintage biplanes.  The STOL aircraft taking part are designed to land where there is essentially little or no runway. And while the pilots and planes will be used to the rough and tumble of bush flying they will have relatively smooth landings on the sand of a fine Belgian beach.

Throughout the event there will be exhibitors on the beachfront at Knokke-Heist for competitors and the thousands of spectators expected to attend the event. VintageAirRally will also establish a temporary exclusive ‘Pilot’s Club’ on the sand. The Pilots’ Club will be holding a series of events during both the day and the evenings with guest speakers from the world of aviation in Belgium and around the world.

There will be numerous categories for entries from vintage biplanes last seen in action in the 1920’s and 30s to up-to-date aircraft (“bush planes”) that can land in wildest locations. The winner of each category will be awarded a prize at this first ever STOL and beach landing competition in Belgium.  This event is organised with the assistance of Knokke-Heist Municipality & Tourism.

Media enquiries to 

Key dates14 June, Set-up, first qualifier rounds, installation of exhibitors.
15 June, Second Qualifier rounds.
16 June, Vintage biplane competition, and other category competitions (TBA). The day finishes with the top five biplanes landing on the Royal Zoute Golf Course.
17 June, Remaining competition categories (TBA) and closes with a prize giving cocktail at the Pilots’ Club.

Competition categories

  1. Vintage Biplane (pre 1959)
  1. Vintage Monoplane (pre 1959)
  1. Biplane >750KG
  1. Monoplane >750KG
  1. Aeroplane >500KG <751KG
  1. 3-Axis Aeroplane <501KG
  1. Turbine
  1. Electric
  1. Overall Winner (combined with another category)

Additional prize categories
  1. Youngest pilot
  1. Oldest pilot
  1. Oldest plane (date of first registration)
  1. Biggest plane (Maximum Take Off Weight)
  1. Furthest travelled (state of residence of pilot)
  1. Most Facebook likes (on the post about their team on the VintageAirRally Facebook page)

Some media coverage here
New York Times
Reuters (UK, US, India)
Yahoo News (UK & others)
Voice of America
Focus TV

Thursday, 3 May 2018

UK 'sand speed" motorbike record up for grabs at Pendine speed event

Straightliners, European and World sand / land speed event at Pendine Sands, South Wales is taking place on the 12th & 13th May 2018.  Of particular note is some of the most powerful street legal motorbikes will attempt to break the 200mph barrier on the sand which will establish a new UK record. 

At this event participants and spectators will see a range of motorbikes,  karts, three wheelers and maybe even a shed in action.  All runs will be officially timed and submitted for verification as a UK, European and or World land speed record. I don't know what vehicles / bikes of note that will be coming yet -  

Straightliners Pendine event is the European version of the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA speed record meeting but without the very high cost of getting there for Europeans. 

What: Straightliners Pendine land speed records and racing
When:  From 11am 12th & 13th May 2018
Where: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

About Straightliners 
Straightliners organise over 40 events automotive top speed, drag and wheelie events around the UK. It makes great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers.

Media enquiries to

Media coverage
The Independent
Fox news
CBC Canada
Wales Online

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rescheduling the date of the “Middle East Peace Tour” – Cycling Stage Race

The first edition of the Middle East Peace Tour (MEPT) will take place in March 2019. 

Originally the cycling stage race had been scheduled for 9. -15. March 2018 with the start in Amman – Petra – Aqaba – Eilat – Mitzpe Ramon – Neve Zohar – Jericho and finishing in Jerusalem.

Organizer Gerhard Schönbacher explains the decision as follows.
"We have been working on the practical implementation of the multi-day race with a lot of enthusiasm for four years. However, we have encountered more hurdles than originally expected. For a project of this magnitude a lot of things only reveal themselves once you start working on the detailed processes. The current implementation phase has resulted in a few milestones taking longer to complete than originally planned and those can only be resolved on-site. Over the next few days I will be traveling to the Middle East again to do exactly that.

"We will be able to cross those hurdles together with the support of local authorities. We are certain that everything will fall into place smoothly for 2019 and that we will be able to deliver a perfectly organised race for all athletes and supporters. This idea of a transnational project for peace deserves nothing less! We have 18 months to get our processes on location back on track and are hoping to set a world-wide example for peace. 

"In conclusion I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly positive encouragement, which we have received already. We have numerous registrations already, which shows that our idea has been embraced by the international sports and cycling communities. The participants have already been informed of the date change and we've had a good number of replies with confirmations of interest for 2019 already."

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

On a back wheel @ 210mph+ for a kilometre - Wheelie World Championship

It is that time again for the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship. To remind you the rider that travels the fastest, over 210MPH, for a kilometre wheelie wins. The 2016 winner Egbert van Popta. (Holland) did 213 MPH. It is atElvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England on Aug. 19th and 20th.

Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Also at this event will be the Worlds first Official Monowheel Exhibition which is the biggest selection of hand-built mono wheel monocycles. These unique machines will be on display and ridden all weekend at the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship.

In addition the 'Fastest Shed' in the world will stop off during its attempt a establishing a world record driving from Lands End to John O'Groats and back.

View photos wheelie, monowheel and Fastest Shed photo here

View a video of the 2016 winner of the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship who did 213mph kilometre wheelie

The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA). Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

Media enquiries to

Saturday, 17 June 2017

115 teams start the worlds biggest electric vehicle rally - the WAVE Trophy

The 115 electric vehicle teams assembled in central Zurich, Switzerland for the start of the worlds biggest electric vehicle rally the WAVE Trophy. They were divided into five groups with 20 - 25 teams in each group  There were teams from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway, Holland, France, Liechtenstein, Romania and Morocco. For the last three countries it is the first time the have been represented on the WAVE. 

The Teams will travelling 1,600km through some of the most dramatic scenery in Switzerland competing for various trophies, meeting environmental projects and promoting EV / sustainable transport on the 53 cities and towns they will stop from the 9th to the 17th of June.

Here is some media coverage about this:

Daily Mail online - Biggest English language website in the World
Daily Caller - top conservative news site in the USA

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New World sand speed records were established @ Straighteners Pendine Sands

Straightliners world / British sand speed record event at Pendine Sands, South Wales at the weekend 13th and 14th May 2017.

Record breaker Helen Lincoln Smith gets to the startline  

40 riders and driving were competing over two days and came from all over the UK with teams from France and Holland also. Sand conditions were different each day with soft sand on the first day Saturday 13th May 2017 which meant vehicles were more difficult to steer due to shifting sand. The sand was firm on day two but a crossed wind effected performance. 

Kevin Nicks, Oxford driving his self–designed and built fastest shed in the world establish a world record for the fastest shed on sand reaching 78.965mph.

Tom Anable, Lincolnshire driving his self–designed and built monowheel set a new world record for a monowheel on sand reaching 44.646mph. He already establish a record in 2015 of 43.486mph

Helen Lincoln Smith, York riding a 600cc Honda set a new world record of the fastest woman on sand of 137.093mph

All speeds are from a standing start and over a mile and were timed by the British Timing Association.

Media enquiries to  Here is some media coverage about the event.

Daily Mail online

Gerry Images

Reuters Pictures




UK local newspapers