Going to NEDRA at Portland International Raceway was my first major excursion in the 914 since both the flywheel was balanced and the clutch was properly adjusted. The car handled very well and cruised on the freeway without much problem. I did get up to 65 but kept my speed mostly at 50 to not pull too much current while breaking in the batteries.
Here's the wait in line for the ticket office at Portland International Raceway. I felt proud to not have to waste gas while idling in line.
I spent most of the time answering questions about the 914 so I didn't take too many pictures or see too many races. Maybe next year I'll try it out.
Here's a more serious electric drag racer. As you can see, the original engine compartment up front is fairly barren. The Zilla2K controller sits in the bottom.
Here's looking in the rear window where all the A123 batteries are. There are probably more pounds of high-current Anderson connectors than batteries.
Here's the "purist" control cockpit.
While not a racer, this entry was rather interesting since its electric motor didn't power the wheels...
but it powered a huge fan on the back of the car.
Here's Miles' antique vehicle that he brings to most of the OEVA monthly gatherings.
Miles uses Hawker Genesis batteries to power the antique vehicle. Much lower maintenance than the originals!
This is a Honda Civic Delsol conversion done by Chris Brune who helped me understand how to drive my electric car better using lower gears and higher RPMs.
That's all the photos I took. There were many more vehicles and many fun EV drag races. Just as I left, one EV drag racer had just spun out into the wall. Exciting times indeed.