Craig Vetter, who most of you know as the designer of the Vetter fairings and who also held a number of fuel economy contests in the 1980s, was at Vintage Days with a lineup of streamliners. Craig is also behind the concept of the Freedom Machine, one that gets far better mileage and allows us to import less oil and the key to its success, is streamlining.
Craig is currently working on, what he calls the last Vetter fairing. It’s a plastic work in progress surrounding a Honda Helix scooter. Although it’s gas powered, when I asked Craig about his next mileage contest, I was surprised that he seemed less interested in raising mileage these days and is instead working on the aerodynamics to be applied by the guys working on, what he considers, the next logical step in energy for vehicles, the electrics. He wants competitors in his next contest to harvest the energy they’ll need for the race. He outlined some rules which sounded like it would be tough to go any direction but solar. We’ll see what develops.
The display of streamliners also included a Peraves Ecomobile, the first one I had ever seen in person. It looks relatively roomy and probably works very well but I can appreciate the natural resistance many motorcyclists would have to climbing inside a vehicle with 2 wheels.
Streamlining obviously makes moving through the air easier and more energy efficient but we’re not accustomed to seeing fully streamlined motorcycles and the oddity factor probably means acceptance will be slow. Interesting concepts though.