WMU News

Sunseeker at Gilmore Car Museum this weekend

Aug. 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo-area residents have an opportunity to see Western Michigan University's solar car, Sunseeker, and meet members of the team, when the car is on display Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich.

The "Red Barns Spectacular," at which Sunseeker is appearing, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 per person. Children age 11 and under are admitted free.

Sunseeker returned to Kalamazoo Aug. 1 after racing to a sixth-place finish in the North American Solar Challenge, the longest collegiate solar race ever. The race began July 17 in Austin, Texas, and concluded 10 days and 2,500 miles later in Calgary, Alberta. Running on nothing but the energy from the sun, 20 cars from North America's top engineering schools began the race, and 18 were able to complete it. A team from the University of Michigan won the race and was followed across the finish line by the University of Minnesota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Missouri-Rolla, University of Waterloo and WMU.

Besides the sixth-place finish, the Sunseeker team brought home the "Best Design" award presented at the post-race awards ceremony in Calgary.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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