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After yesterday's excitement over bush fires at the World Solar Challenge, the race kicked off again at 8am, with 24 teams still competing entirely under their own steam. The rest, including plucky UK contender Durham, surely the greenest team in the race, with just seven members, have had to put their cars on trailers at …


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  1. Wombling_Free

    I didn't see the punctuation....

    I read that as 'Solarcars meet road trains'

    and immediately imagined the following:

    faint "aaiieeee!" CRUNCH-KERTHUMP-KERTHUMP-kerthump-kerthump-kpt-kpt

    yeah, mayte, mynes the drizabone

  2. Charles Manning

    "Greenest team"

    How can flying people + car halfway around the world, then driving trailers + support vehicles 3000 km or so ever be considered a green activity?

    Greenest team no. Least filthy team maybe.

    1. Not That Andrew

      Reducio ad Absurdium

      So by your logic the only "Green" lifestyle is to abandon you job, house, clothes and car, and slowly starve under a bush somewhere?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Hello Andrew

        Allow me to point out the principle of possession in English.

        When a house belongs to you, it is referred to as "YOUR house".

        See how there is a letter 'R' on the end of the word "you"? That indicates that the house belongs to you.

        If I was to say "you house" then I would be calling you a house, saying that you are in fact a house - which is obviously not correct.

        1. Not That Andrew

          @ Anonymous Coward 16:37 GMT

          Let me introduce you to a concept called "ODFO".

    2. Swarthy

      Other end of the stick

      Perhaps they are "greenest" as in newest/least experianced.

  3. Goat Jam

    Note to Drew

    "Teams set off in a staggered to maintain the time different at which they arrived"

    Write story first, drink beer second.

  4. Jacqui


    Lester and I have decided to race ahead to Coober Pedy, to give us a chance to recce Woomera

    I read as

    Lester and I have decided to welly it to the nearest town with an air conn'd pub and cold beer.

    Now thats what a real vulture reporter does :-)

  5. Sandy Scott

    More Plucky Brits

    Any chance of even a little mention the the other British Team, Cambridge University Eco Racing?

    1. Drewc (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: More Plucky Brits

      We mentioned CUER in one of our introductory stories. And Lester spoke to a Cambridge team member briefly on video. But unlike Durham, there really wasn't anyone around to speak to on the two pre-race trial days that we attended. Our intention is to contrast the big teams, with their experience and budgets, with smaller, newer teams who are not in it to win it. DUSC fits this profile perfectly for us.

      P.S. We like Cambridge too.

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