Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 meeting, rally dates set

The annual meeting of the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association will be Saturday, Feb. 28, in Kalamazoo, while the 31st annual Michigan HPV Rally will be Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track in Clarkston, the location since 1986.
The meeting will be in Room D-115 (tentatively) in the College of Engineering building, 4601 Campus Drive, on the Western Michigan University Parkview Campus. 
The location continues our rotation of recent years of meeting at WMU one year (the last meeting there was in 2012), the next year on or near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing and the following year in the Ann Arbor-Detroit area.
MHPVA board members will meet at 11 a.m. for lunch, but all members are invited. We will meet at Sophia's House of Pancakes, 4700 Stadium Drive (north side of the road), about a half-mile east of U.S. 131, and close to Drake Road.
Then mingling and talking HPVs in the College of Engineering building will start at 12:15 p.m., with the meeting starting at 1 and hopefully ending no later than 4.
We will start the meeting with show-and-tell, so if you have something pedal-powered and interesting, please bring it.  Following will be discussion of the Michigan HPV Rally and other events and then election of officers and board members for one-year terms.  Currently serving are:   President, Mike Mowett, St. Clair Shores; vice president, Mike Eliasohn, St. Joseph; secretary, Paul Pancella, Kalamazoo; treasurer, Bruce Gordon, Buchanan; and members at-large, Wally Kiehler, Grosse Pointe Woods, and Bob Krzewinski, Ypsilanti.

Driving directions from I-94 – At exit #74, turn north on U.S. 131, go 2.8 miles, then follow the directions listed below for U.S. 131.
Driving directions from U.S. 131 – At exit #36A, turn east onto Stadium Drive, then turn right at first light, which is Drake Road. Continue on Drake through the next light (at Parkview Ave.) into the WMU Parkview Campus. You will now be on Campus Drive. 
The College of Engineering and Applies Sciences building is at the rear of the campus, is  is the largest building and there is an adjacent large parking structure and a parking lot. Parking permits aren't required to park in the structure on Saturdays.
Anyone with vehicles or other heavy items to show can unload at the main entrance at the front of the building.  All doors to the building should be unlocked.

The 31st annual Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Rally will be June 13-14 at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track on the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club grounds,  4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, near Pontiac (map link - https://google/maps/RrMBM). Free camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.
The schedule of events will be decided at the annual meeting and then posted on the blog and website (, but no doubt will be similar to past rallies. For a track map, visit


James Northrup said...

I'm probably your newest (and maybe the oldest) member and am not really inclined to drive 100 miles each way in Feb. for just myself. It could be others in the Detroit/Ann Arbor region are also planning to pass.
Carpooling, on the other hand, would make it less boring and might justify making a day of it.
We're in the Ypsi/Ann Arbor area and can fit a few bodies in our minivan. If I go, my wife will probably want to go to, so it would definitely not be boring.
Anyone up for an adventure?

Unknown said...

James -Sorry for this late message back to you in reference to your thoughts on carpooling to the Kalamazoo MHPVA meeting, but I just learned that your message was on the blog. I live in Ypsilanti so carpooling would have worked out but all that is moot now. Sorry I did not see this message earlier.

On another note, for a closer recumbent event, there is the Michigan Recumbent Rally East in Dearborn on May 9th and the Michigan Recumbent Rendezvous on July 25th. Eetails on both events are at Also, if you would like to be placed on the Wolver-Bent Recumbent Cyclists monthly email newsletter list just let me know at

Bob Krzewinski