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The Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge is back for 2011

January 13, 2011

Rev up your Fiberglas streamliner. This just in from Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter...

We are planning several Challenges around the US in 2011. Each Challenge will be a little different, depending upon the event we are associated with. This is your invitation to challenge me in real riding conditions.

First Challenge:
Friday, May 13, 2011
The prestigious Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Carmel, California.
100 mile loop (approx) finishing at the Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca

The Vetter Challenge at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering just may be the most beautiful Fuel Economy run in the world. We will be a part of the Quail Ride, a group of 50 riders, winding your way through the most beautiful roads of the Monterey Peninsula. Speeds for this event will be a little slower than I would like because half of the official route will be climbing a mountain on the twisty-turny Carmel Valley Road to Greenfield and back. Last year, I got 90 mpg!

This first Challenge is pretty simple, really. Enter the Quail Motorcycle Gathering (below). We will start with a filled tank. We will ride with the group, at the speeds they ride. As always, you must stay in front of me. If you fall behind me, you disqualify yourself for riding too slow and drop out of the competition. Of course, you may continue with the ride and enjoy the rest of the Quail events. You just cannot be considered as a winner of the Challenge.

We will all get laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a catered lunch at the famous Corkscrew. On the way back to the Quail, we will all fill up at the Mid-Valley Shell station. The winner will be the Challenger that consumes the least fuel - in dollars and cents. Official rules

More on the Quail Challenge, Friday May 13, 2011:

Fee is $250 which includes the ride, breakfast at Edgars, lunch at Mazda Raceway and the fabulous banquet dinner Friday night. It also includes access to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday. If you want to show your bike on Saturday, the $95 fee is waived. There is no additional charge for the Vetter Challenge.

The Vetter Challengers will ride with the Modern Motorcycle class riders (as opposed to with the Vintage riders.) At least, we should not be slowed down as much as last year.

  • Meet at Edgars Restaurant at the Quail 8 AM
  • Depart 9:30 from the Quail
  • Return to the Quail in the afternoon
  • Formal dinner in the evening.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremonies Saturday afternoon.

Questions about the Vetter Challenge, contact me.

To register for the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, download the Quail Entrant Form.

Questions about the Quail, contact them

Note: You must purchase a ticket for the Quail Ride in order to participate in the Vetter Challenge.

Stay tuned for announcements of coming Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges

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