A humming good race

This summer, the Rockies will host a kinder, gentler type of car race - one without roaring, polluting engines. The first annual Sun Sprint of the Rockies solar and electric car-race, a 500-mile run from Aspen, Colo., to Moab, Utah, is set for July 11-21. Racers will travel about 50 miles each day and stop in 17 towns along the way to present educational shows. The race is the brainchild of Zach Keele, who just graduated from high school in Hotchkiss, Colo. He says the second day will be the most challenging: Cars must climb a steep three-miles to the top of 8,700-foot McClure Pass. The race allows vehicles of any size or energy-storage capability in three categories: solar, electric and hybrid cars or trucks. For more information contact the Solar Rocky Mountain Association, Hotchkiss High School, 3535 J60 Road, Hotchkiss, CO 81419 (970/872-3882).