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New York Times Blog Notes Westport EV Rally

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The New York Times blog entry on Saturday’s Westport event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Saturday’s Westport Electric Car Club rally with 33 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles caught the attention today of a New York Times automobile blog.

The blog, Wheels: the Nuts and Bolts of Whatever Moves You, is written by Jim Motovalli, a Staples High School graduate who said he reluctantly became the navigator in a car that came in second.

“My original plan was to gather color for the article by riding in the back of a Chevrolet Volt driven by Leo Karl III, a New Canaan Chevrolet dealer, but he was short a navigator, so I somewhat reluctantly volunteered,” Motovalli said.

“Some of the directions were a bit cryptic — the ‘street made famous by Chrysler Corp.’ was Imperial Avenue – But we managed to stay on the route.”

Motovalli reported the first-place winner was Bruce Becker, an architect and developer who lives in Westport, driving a BMW ActiveE with Dennis Andrews as navigator.

“The second-place winner was, surprise, Mr. Karl and myself, with an odometer reading a few tenths of a mile off that of Mr. Becker and his co-pilot,” he said.

“It helped that I grew up in Westport and live in Fairfield, so the roads were familiar. In the interest of full disclosure, I took home nothing more than a T-shirt (though Mr. Karl got a restaurant gift certificate).”

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