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: NASCAR Festival Car Show In Las Vegas Includes Vintage Electric Cars

NASCAR Festival Car Show In Las Vegas Includes Vintage Electric Cars

03 Oct

During October 2016, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program teamed with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, DC Solar and the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association to participate in a car show event during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Christopher Bell drives the No.4 Toyota Tundra truck during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Christopher Bell drives the No.4 Toyota Tundra truck during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

(Photo Courtesy of NASCAR)

The DC Solar 350 truck race was staged at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the evening of Saturday, October 1st. Eight drivers in the DC Solar 350 race also competed in the NASCAR Chase points competition to determine the most successful driver of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2016 season.

William Byron, who drives the No. 9 Toyota Tundra truck through Kyle Busch Motorsports, is the points leader and favorite after winning six of the regular season NASCAR truck series races during his rookie season. He finished in 5th place during the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway but was the top Chase race finisher over the other seven remaining points competitors, including teammate Christopher Bell, who drives the No. 4 Toyota Tundra truck under Kyle Busch Motorsports.

10/1/2016 NASCAR DC Solar 350 “Show & Shine”

Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association members exhibit vintage electric cars during Show & Shine car show during NASCAR festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association members exhibit vintage electric cars during Show & Shine car show during NASCAR festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

During a pre-race festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a “Show & Shine” car show was sponsored by Star Nursery, KVVU-TV Fox 5, KKLZ-FM radio and the Las Vegas Review-Journal to raise money for Speedway Children’s Charities, whose local outreach efforts contribute to over fifty children’s charities in southern Nevada:

http://lasvegas.speedwaycharities.org/

For the first time, an “Electric Car” category was included on the judging sheet of the “Show & Shine” car show that attracted 211 entrants, who raised $35,000 in charitable contributions for the local Speedway Children’s Charities during the event.

NEVA coordinated with members of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and DC Solar, to exhibit vintage electric cars during the “Show & Shine”.

Evan Eskelson exhibited a 1987 Aztec 7 kit car EV conversion modeled after the styling of a 1980s Lamborghini Countach.

Evan Eskelson exhibited a 1987 Aztec 7 kit car EV conversion modeled after the styling of a 1980s Lamborghini Countach.

Evan Eskelson showcased a 1987 Aztec 7 kit car EV conversion, that has been sponsored by a donation of ten 12-volt DC batteries from Enersys/Odyssey Battery company.

The Aztec 7 electric power train is accessible from a hinged body panel.

The Aztec 7 electric power train is accessible from a hinged body panel.

The EV conversion has been built on a Volkswagen Bug chassis with a fiberglass body that included gullwing doors. The body shape and style had been modeled after a 1980s Lamborghini Countach design with a sharp wedge front and foldaway headlights.

A vintage 1981 Jet Electrica built by Jet Industries on a modified Ford Escort glider.

A vintage 1981 Jet Electrica built by Jet Industries on a modified Ford Escort glider.

Jim Katzen exhibited a vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car, built by Jet Industries on a modified Ford Escort glider.

Under the hood of a 1981 Jet Electrica.

Under the hood of a 1981 Jet Electrica.

An integrated charging system recharges both the traction battery pack and the auxiliary pack through one central electronics unit.

Jim Katzen plugs his vintage 1981 Jet Electrica into a 110-VAC outlet on the DC Solar trailer that recharges its onboard battery pack from photovoltaic solar cells.

Jim Katzen plugs his vintage 1981 Jet Electrica into a 110-VAC outlet on the DC Solar trailer that recharges its onboard battery pack from photovoltaic solar cells.

DC Solar, the NASCAR race sponsor, provided portable ChargePoint CT4020 AC Level 2 stations and 110-VAC outlets mounted on trailers that were powered by photovoltaic solar panels and a storage battery pack to recharge the electric cars.

Both electric cars exhibited by the LVEVA at the Show & Shine event were able to recharge their traction battery packs from sunshine while exhibiting at the car show.

DC Solar power generation trailers were also used to provide portable LED tower lighting to multiple locations around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.

Colored LED video display billboards with changing messages and advertising were mounted on side-panels of the DC Solar trailers, while powered from the photovoltaic solar panels and battery backup power systems onboard.

DC Solar trailers supplied electric power to a Busch Beer Garden and other vendor exhibits during the NASCAR pre-race festival.

DC Solar is also a sponsor for the NASCAR Xfinity race series.

DC Solar is also a sponsor for the NASCAR Xfinity race series.

(Photo courtesy of DC Solar)

For more information about DC Solar portable electric power and charging station solutions, that are generated by photovoltaic solar panels and battery storage systems, visit the company website at:

http://www.dcsolarsolutionsmfg.com/

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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