It wasn’t that long ago, I was talking to Steve Spense, of Green Trust Org. I think I mentioned Jerry Bartlett’s name to Steve, and he paused.. “Jerry.. you know Jerry?” I guess I wanted to say who doesn’t know Jerry in the AE/DIY world? Steve surprised me when he said he was from up State New York and knew Jerry when he lived there, small world.. and Colton, NY isn’t exactly what you call big either..
Fact is, Jerry is a lot of fun, and has a lot of hands on experience… kinetic wood splitters, battery powered faired bikes, the Changzuki, and so much more.. but.. now.. what the heck is this?
I guess it’s best I just paste his email to me below.. if you haven’t dropped by Jerry’s recently, do… I’ve got wood to split right now.. and I can close my eyes and see that video of Jerry’s PV powered kinetic wood splitter..
Unlike a lot of government subsidized stuff.. Jerry’s stuff works!
Jerry’s Email Starts below!
Subject: A Centurion Lives!
Message: Hi George!
Guess who? Like a bad penny I’ve returned! Every now and then I need a good read (therapy for me) so I catch up on utterpower.
To my delight, you’re still kicking so I’m sending you a quick email.
Not too long ago I ran across a project that started in 1981 and passed through two owners as an uncompleted project. Some would call it a basket case. Fittingly, this would end up in my hands and I will complete it.
This “mystery” project is none other than a Centurion – the car ran on the cover page of Mechanix Illustrated in Feb 1982. This car was built using a set of $17.95 plans and sourcing all of the parts (new or used). It was not a kit. The real mystique of the car (back then and
today) was the advertised mpg which was well over 100!
Fast forward to the present where I’m in the mechanical testing stages and things are looking really good! In two separate runs I’ve clocked
106 and 110 mpg respectively (30% town 70% rural driving).
I won’t clog-up your email with all the boring stuff but if you get a chance check out a small webpage I’ve put together (there’s a couple of video links at the bottom too!).
Take care George and keep your posts coming! I’ve got some friends that read’em too and if your ears are ringing – it’s us! haha!
And.. when you’re at Jerry’s site, tell him that George said.. “As much as Jerry tries to convince the world he’s crazy, he’s not … :-)”