Welcome to the 37th HPVWC 2012.
Thirty-seven years is long in the tooth for a radical, upstart activity!
The initial championship in 1975 in California, USA had but 14 home-built vehicles – some hopeless, others a curious mixture of intuition and sophisticated engineering. Yet even in early, raw form, HPVs were the cutting edge of cycling performance. Whether you were a well-equipped university team, or a lone backyard inventor with scraps of wood and a box of shrink-wrap plastic, the thrill and joy of the business was that you could build your ideas and designs into a machine, run it in a race or record attempt – and perhaps win! This wasn’t fancy-dancy ‘concept’ design. This was the real thing.
Photo Credit IHPVA
Today, HPVs have grown in popularity and are in commercial production in various parts of the world. The scene at an annual championship is different. Instead of a few competitors, there are hundreds. In place of vehicles formed from balsa wood and plastic food-wrap, you’ll see gleaming, finely-finished machines made from high-tech composites. Yet the essential quest is the same: improving performance through innovation and invention in engineering and design.
So — again, welcome to the 37th HPVWC2012. Competitor or visitor, we hope you have a wonderful time.
Information about Registration, Accommodation, Transport, Etc.
As we go!
This web site is being built LeMans start style, where you jump in the vehicle and immediately start pedalling even while sorting the water feeder hose, closing up the fairing, and trying to remove the pebble which somehow got into your shoe.
Further information coming ASAP!
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