We reported on the Tour de Sol as it was happening in early May, and now the winner of the most efficient biodiesel award was featured in an article in his hometown newspaper, the Poughkeepsie Journal, this past weekend. The winner, Richard Shomo, won the Tour de Sol with a 1984 Ford Escort station wagon he bought off of eBay last year that managed to get 53 miles per gallon. Since he was using B20, the contest organizers reformulated his mpg rating to a "gas-equivalent" 43 mpg, which was enough to win.

Shomo's attitude about winning shows that his interest in the race was not self-promotion but green-promotion. He told the paper he's looking to sell biodiesel in the Hudson Valley and that, "I'm up for some competition [next year]. Tell the readers: Bring it on. It's just an old Escort. Somebody should be able to beat me."

[Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, Hat Tip to Damon]


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