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I am not 100% sure if this is the right forum for this announcement, but after looking through all the forum topics, I could not find one that fit. This is being posted for my friend, Gilles Labelle, Hybrid Center Manager at Westboro Toyota.

Monte Carlo-style Rally at the Tour de Sol May 13-14, 2005



THE GREAT HYBRID GAS MYTH 100 mpg Challenge - $10,000 in Awards



Bonjour mes ami,

Finally, a chance to leave the hybrid gas mileage MYTH in the dust! As an experienced hybrid driver, YOU are being called upon to settle, once and for all, the bogus claims that hybrid technology delivers low gas mileage.

So we invite you to register for the 2005 Monte Carlo Rally at the Tour de Sol.

Visit: http://www.nesea.org/transportation/2005montecarloevent ASAP!



Modeled on the hugely successful European Competition - this high-tech, high-touch, national rally is the first of kind in the United States.

For 16 years, the Tour de Sol has brought together students, manufacturers, energy suppliers, press, government representatives, and educated consumers for a celebration showcasing both the sustainable cars of today and of the future. Participants can compete for over $10,000 in prize money and 35 category Awards.

Now, two days and two MA. Starting Locations! The official New England starting sites are:

Friday (5/13/05) 1:00pm check-in at the Westborough Toyota Dealership

271 Turnpike Road (Route 9/495) Westborough, Massachusetts 01581

and

Saturday (5/14/05) 7:00am check-in at Progressive Asset Management

177 Worcester Street (Route 9/128) Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481



Other starting sites (to date) Boston, MA (See above); Trenton, NJ; Cleveland, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA. Wash, DC; Toronto, CAN; Additional sites will be posted as they become available. (See press Release below for details)

Questions on MA. entrants, contact Program Coordinator Michael Dobies at 781 239 1187.

Want to host a starting site contact Craig Van Batenburg - [email protected]

The 2005 Monte Carlo Rally MA. start sites and Hybrid Festival are being sponsored by:

Gilles Labelle, Executive Director of the Hybrid Center of Massachusetts promoting clean alternative and hybrid technology, available on the web at http://www.hybridcenterma.com.

Eric Packer, Branch Manager of Progressive Asset Management/Financial West Group - specializing in socially and environmentally responsible investing, on the web at http://www.pamboston.com.

See you at the races!

Votre Ami,

Gilles Labelle

Executive Director

Hybrid Center of Massachusetts

[email protected]










Monte Carlo-style Rally at the Tour de Sol May 13-14, 2005





NEW in 2005! For the first time we invite owners of advanced vehicles, such as hybrids and biodiesel vehicles, to participate in the 2005 Monte Carlo-style Rally at the Tour de Sol. The Rally will offer a fun and challenging event that will also elevate the awareness of advanced vehicle technology, educate the public about currently available advanced vehicles, and demonstrate the performance and efficiency of hybrid electric and alternate fueled vehicles. The Rally destination is the Tour de Sol at Saratogas Spring Auto Show held on one of the most beautiful and historic spas in the United States. The Saratoga Spa State Park offers 250 landscaped acres, historic buildings with mineral spring baths, golf, walking an biking trails, the historic Gideon Putnam Hotel, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and our host, the Saratoga Auto Museum. Register now for this exciting event. (*.doc).

Self paced Monte Carlo-style Rally - Entrants will travel to Saratoga Springs, NY at their own pace, starting at any of numerous pre-selected starting sites. There will be 9 categories of vehicles, with a rally minimum distance of 150 miles. The Hybrid Rally finish ceremony and award presentation will be part of Saratogas Spring Auto Show on Sat. May 14 at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY

Starting sites to date Boston, MA; Trenton, NJ; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, OR; Wash, DC; Toronto, CAN; Uncasville, CT. Additional sites will be posted as they become available.

Finish site Stewarts Shops at Exit 13, off I87, the Northway, in Saratoga Springs, NY, is the official finish line, and refueling location. Entrants must arrive by 12 Noon on Saturday May 14, before proceeding to the Saratogas Spring Auto Show at the Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY (30 mi. north of Albany).

Route your choice Any route that gets you to Saratoga Springs, NY by noon on Sat. May 14, (or by 9AM on Sat. May 14 to be part of the Auto Show display).

Min. miles traveled = 150 miles (no max. distance limit, but awards for longer distances)

Prizes and trophies Approx. 35 awards and trophies, for variety of recognition.
See prize summary for details.

Categories
1- Toyota Prius Classic (01-03)
2- Toyota Prius (04-05)
3- Honda Insight
4- Honda Civic Hybrid
5- Honda Accord Hybrid
6- Hybrid SUV - Ford Hybrid Escape, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Lexus 400 Hybrid.
7- Custom Built hybrids (modified or built from scratch)
8- Modified Factory Hybrids, including plug-in factory hybrids
9- Biodiesel, and clean diesel vehicles 10 Modified Biodiesel or Clean diesel Vehicles


To find out more click on Rally rules & registration, Awards, Saratogas Spring Auto Show, or Saratoga Springs area attractions, Rally and Tour de Sol sponsors.


[email protected]
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
50 Miles Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-774-6051



Gilles Labelle
IT and Hybrid Mgr.
Westboro Toyota MA
508-621-2217
 
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