SAE Supermileage: In Michigan

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6/6/2013

After a marathon journey to Marshall, Michigan followed by very little sleep the Supermileage team arose early Thursday morning with enthusiasm undiminished by fatigue.  We arrived at the sprawling Eaton Vehicle Proving Grounds before 9 am. The assembly area was filling up quickly with teams from as far afield as Connecticut, Canada, and California.

The team set up the pit area as efficiently as a military unit encamping, thanks in large part due to the orderly supervision of ME Associate Lab Supervisor John Kelley. From now on the team might take to calling him Sarge. Setup of the vehicle took longer than expected as a few minor issues were identified and corrected, but the team made it to the inspection line reasonably early. A minor setback occurred at the inspection line as the car was red flagged for three rules violations. These were easily correctable, however, and the team was given the go ahead to return early in the morning for a re-inspection.

Following the inspections and subsequent repairs the team gathered for the official team photos, which were followed by a convivial mingling of the competitors as the Best Visual Appeal contest was held. The slick teardrop shape and custom paint job donated by Superior Auto Body of North Haven, CT drew much interest, but we were narrowly edged out by the snake themed motif of newcomers and fellow Connecticut competitors CCSU.

We finished out the evening with an introductory talk by competition director James Gluys of Eaton Corporation and a catered dinner.

Overall it was a long, full day highlighted by a spirit of competitive fellowship.

Tomorrow the gloves come off…

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The Paint and the Decals

The Paint and the Decals

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