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A.M.E.C. Economy Run III - Fonda, NY 8-23-09

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  • A.M.E.C. Economy Run III - Fonda, NY 8-23-09

    The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club invites all classic car owners to join them on their 94 mile tour through the southern Adirondack mountains of up state New York. In fact, we had several last year and enjoyed them so much that we've added a separate class for classic cars this year.

    We'd love to have some Studebakers come out and join us!

    A little history: A.M.E.C. held it's first Economy Run back in 1954. So last year [54 years later] with record high fuel prices, the club brought the event back. Our members created a new course and the event took place this past August 10th. It was so popular that we did another on October 5th. Both events were very well received and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated. Results can been seen here:

    Here are the details for Economy Run III:

    [u]What</u>This event will run rain or shine.

    [u]Where</u>: The starting spot will be at the [ethanol free]
    Fairway Oil gas station on Route 5 in Fonda, NY. Take NY Thruway Exit 28. After the toll booth, turn left onto Riverside Drive. Then turn right onto South Bridge Street and go over the bridge. On the other side of the bridge is a traffic light. You can see Fairway Oil and Gas on your left. Turn left onto Route 5 and enter the station.

    [u]When</u>[u]Cost</u>: $10 per vehicle plus $8 per car for lunch at the
    awards picnic by the lake. [see "Awards" below]

    Awards include:

    1. Best overall mpg for gas cars [1st, 2nd, and 3rd places]

    2. Best overall mpg for diesel and hybrid cars [1st, 2nd, and 3rd places]

    3. Best Historic car ['79 and earlier - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places].

    Note: If we get more than one motorcycle we will add a class for them.

    [u]Finish</u>: will be at the Citgo located at 746 NY-30, in
    Northville. They are less than a mile from Northampton Beach Campground and their lot is plenty big. It will be on your right as you're heading on Route 30 south in Northville.

    [u]Awards and Lunch</u>: This event will conclude about noon, and we will be having our A.M.E.C. summer picnic immediately following the event. All Economy run participants are invited to join us for awards and a picnic lunch at Northampton Beach Campground located on Housmann Street, in Mayfield, [it's actually closer to Northville] NY. Their website is here: Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the map links. The picnic pavilion and beach are right on the shore of beautiful Sacandaga lake. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and soda will be served. This park is only about a mile from the Citgo station where the event concluded.

    To register for this event: Please contact Mike Kamm at (518)
    674-0520 or via email: mkamm [at ] juno [ dot] com. Or just simply reply to this thread with your name, year/model car. The vehicle count will be limited so please sign up before this event is full.

    Registered driver's list as of 6-30-09

    1. Mike Kamm - 1977 Datsun B210 - Averill Park, NY
    2. Tom Moeller - 1994 Mazda Miata - Saratoga, NY
    3. Dave Burn

  • #2
    Bill Clark had a car show he was planning to go to on August 23rd, but he has thought the better of it. He enjoyed Economy Run II so much last year in his 1960 Metropolitan convertible, that he plans to bring his '57 hardtop out and give it a go this year in the infamous "Gas Mileage Shootout in the Adirondacks".

    Here were his comments:

    "I'm pretty sure I'm going to blow off the local show and come ride around with you guys in my 57 Met hardtop. I found a set of 3.90 gears to replace the stock 4.22s and I'm going to rebuild the carb, blow up the tires, take out the toe in and try to get my lower compression 1500 to run good. I'll be really happy if I do as well as the high compression 1500 rag top did last year."

    Sign me up,



    • #3
      Welcome Mr. Bruce Turk!

      So glad to have a classic Saab economy car on the roster! Bruce will bring his beautifully restored black 1958 Saab 93B.

      Bruce wrote:

      Hi Mike,

      I cleared my calendar and will participate in my 1958 Saab 93B. The completely stock 750cc three cylinder two stroke should do very well. I'll down jet the carb and replace my bias ply's with radials, that combined with the original three speed "free wheel" transmission will kick MPG butt.... I hope!

      Please add me to the list and I'll see if I can get some other vintage Saabs to attend.


      Bruce Turk


      • #4
        I am surprised than Dandy Dan of IOCS fame has not entered etiher his 64 Hawk or his Champ P/U. had a message from him this AM thinking he had.
        sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past


        • #5
          Thanks Avantidon,

          I had to throw some humorous insults at his Studebakers and he took the bait. He is signed up but hasn't been clear on which of his Studes he will use in the event. Like you said, he could bring the Hawk or his daily driven Champ pickup.



          • #6
            Registration is now closed for Economy Run IIIIf anyone on this list cannot make it, please let me know.

            There is now a waiting list to get in and several people are hoping a spot will open up.


            • #7
              We've had a cancellation so we could get one more car into this event, and don't you know it's a Studebaker! Carl Germain has just entered his 1950 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe into the competition. Welcome aboard Carl!


              • #8
                GO Carl! About the only thing better would be a prewar Champion entry. But a 50 Biz coupe - that's cool too![]

                1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                1963 Cruiser
                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe
                1957 President two door

                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


                • #9
                  Carl's is the oldest vehicle attending our event and also the only only car that could have also run at our inagural event in 1954!



                  • #10
                    For those who haven't seen it before, here's Carl's 1950 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe. He will run in the Historic class of the A.M.E.C. Economy Run Rally next Sunday with this beauty.

                    Can't wait!



                    • #11
                      Here's the final driver's list by class:

                      [u]Gas class</u>

                      1. Mike Kamm - 1977 Datsun B210 - Averill Park, NY
                      2. Tom Moeller - 1994 Mazda Miata - Saratoga, NY
                      3. Ben Jones - 1991 Honda CRX - Hanover, NH
                      4. Richard Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - Johnstown, NY
                      5. Eric Hoefer - 2008 Honda Fit - Guilderland, NY
                      6. Ryan Kramer - 1988 Toyota MR2 Supercharged - Albany NY
                      7. Chang Ho Kim - 89 Honda CRX - Maynard, MA
                      8. Darin Cosgrove - 1998 Pontiac Firefly - Ontario, Canada
                      9. Jeff Morgan - 1992 240sx - Rotterdam, NY
                      10. Tom Compoli - 1981 VW Rabbit - Schenectady, NY

                      [u]Diesel and Hybrids</u>

                      1. Dave Burnham -1991 Eco Diesel Jetta - Delanson, NY
                      2. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC
                      3. Peter Ramotowski - 2000 VW Golf TDI - Albany, NY
                      4. Dan Mandle - 2004 Golf TDI [Vegetable Oil] - Potsdam, NY
                      5. Matt Herring - 2009 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA
                      6. Robert Smalls - 2000 Honda Insight - Buffalo, NY
                      7. Hobbit - 2004 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA

                      [u]Historic class[u]Motorcycles/Scooters</u>

                      1. Vlad Saakyan - 2003 Suzuki Svs650 - Schenectady, NY
                      2. Ernie Yue - 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250cc
                      3. Sachs 50cc Madass scooter


                      • #12
                        Economy Run III was a huge success, and I want to thank all who participated. I would especially like to thank Mark Long and Dave Burnham who assisted me in administering the day's activities.

                        Last year's event average for all vehicles was 49.56 mpg. I thought that was pretty good. This year's average? How about 64.12 mpg!

                        Here are the results:

                        [u]Gas class</u>

                        1. Chang Ho Kim - 1989 Honda CRX HF - Maynard, MA 118.1 mpg
                        2. Darin Cosgrove - 1998 Pontiac Firefly - Ontario, Canada 106.12 mpg
                        3. Ben Jones - 1991 Honda CRX - Hanover, NH 82.54 mpg
                        4. Mike Kamm - 1977 Datsun B210 - Averill Park, NY 77.04 mpg
                        5. Will Meredith - 1998 Honda Civic EX - Binghamton NY 64.62 mpg
                        6. Richard Vedder - 2000 Ford ZX2 S/R - Johnstown, NY 59.09 mpg
                        7. Eric Hoefer - 2008 Honda Fit - Guilderland, NY 47.27 mpg
                        8. Robert Smalls - 1996 AWD Subaru Legacy - Buffalo, NY 46.64 mpg

                        [u]Diesels and Hybrids</u>

                        1. Martin Deschenes - 2000 VW Jetta TDI - Quebec City, QC 90.43 mpg
                        2. Matt Herring - 2009 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA 75.91 mpg
                        3. Hobbit - 2004 Toyota Prius - Boston, MA 74.28 mpg
                        4. Dan Mandle - 2004 Golf TDI [Vegetable Oil] - Potsdam, NY 63.41 mpg
                        5. Dave Burnham - 1991 Jetta Diesel - Delanson, NY 61.18 mpg

                        [u]Historic class</u>

                        1. Bill Clark - 1957 Metropolitan Hartop - Endicott, NY 44.64 mpg
                        2. Jonathan Bartlett - 1969 Saab Sonett V-4 - Sterling, MA 44.26 mpg
                        3. Jonathan Schaller - 1968 Saab 96 - Hamilton, NY 37.96 mpg32.20 mpg
                        5. Carl Germain - 1950 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe 27.37 mpg


                        1. Vlad Saakyan - 2003 Suzuki Svs650 - Niskayuna, NY 62.28 mpg

                        Some of the Historic cars with their drivers in attendance.

                        The red Saab 96 belongs to Jonathan Schaller. Jonathan filled the slot of a last minute cancellation and we're sure glad he was able to come out.

                        I am very pleased to show you the winner of the Historic Class of Economy Run III. This is Bill Clark's 1957 Metropolitan Hartop. This car has spent the last ten years in either a trailer or in the Norwich museum so when he started driving it there were some problems. Lot's of them. He worked tirelessly until every detail was taken care of. What he ended up with is a car that is now running better than it has in the last 33 years. His goal was 37 mpg [last year's number with his convertible]. How did he do? Well his attention to detail in car prep and his driving earned him an impressive 44.64 mpg and a first place in class. And that was on bias ply tires folks! Well done Bill.

                        This is our man Carl Germain gettting out of the oldest car in competition. His 1950 Studebaker Champion business coupe was able to achieve very impressive 27.37 mpg. It is a fantastic example with just 35,000 original miles. This is a big car with a 160 cubic inch straight six flathead, a three speed overdrive transmission and 4.56 gears!

                        For those wondering what my '77 Datsun B210 was able to muster after the flurry of activity in my garage all month, how about a solid 77.04 mpg! Not too shabby for a carbureted car. There's more left in it too. I'm not done yet.

                        During the awards under the pavillion, we had each driver get up and tell us all about their cars. This was really interesting as we got to hear a little about each driver's car and what their mods were. This is Matt Herring. He had the best Prius mileage at 75.91 mpg


                        • #13
                          The winner of the gas class at 118 something mpg, what are the modifications to that car?


                          • #14
                            I purposely only posted pics of the classic cars in this thread because I didn't think anyone here wanted to see the later model imports. Glad to see someone here who is interested in those too. There is a nice blog write up about the Honda CRX that won here:



                            • #15
                              Hey Guys
                              Just wanted to tell you about the economy run.
                              I had a blast!
                              My stude "the little grey mouse" performed flawlessly.
                              I need to tweek my driving techniques to increase my mileage.
                              35K original miles...body perfect as it left South Bend.
                              Only has had paint (around 1975) and a rebuild (1993).
                              Nice original interior.
                              Obviously, I love this car.