Did make it out to the REV!, er, Electrafest show! Also down to the mini Maker Faire at the Vancouver PNE. I drove it 10km round trip, no big problems.
First bump I hit, heard a crack, and the steering went wonky. Oh dear! Too far from home to return! The wooden brace on the inside of the car that holds the top of the strut cracked off from the plywood. No biggie, I thought that might happen. Found a plastic shelf in a dumpster near by and wedged it back into place.
One of the highlights of the Maker Faire, at least for my friends, was my parked velocar suddenly peeling out and tearing across the room all by itself. Luckily it didn't hit anyone. It stopped when it rammed a table, a bit of a crack, no biggie. Guess I probably forgot to turn off the breaker off when I parked it, and maybe someone was wondering what that little lever on the steering wheel was.
The highlight for me was driving with a friend + a borrowed child in the rumble seat for a drive around the Maker Fair yard. It made it up a reasonably steep ramp, and around in a few circles no problem. So it seems to have enough power & strength for the design payload of two small adults & a child. The body flexes just a bit, but doesn't affect the "handling". Lots of people climbing in & out didn't break the floor. Kids climbing all over it didn't break the door nor the rumble seat. I took lots of pictures with other people's cameras but forgot to take any for myself. Lots of positive feedback on the appearance & concept. Odd though, I think people got as much of a kick out of the antique horn as much all my work on the rest of the design! Other strange thing was that everyone who read my bogus history about it being an actual historic vehicle believed it, so I had to take down that sign.
I don't notice much of a problem with bump steer, but the shocks aren't really operating - one has seals gone, so I put tubing on both shocks + just a bit of foam to take the edge off the hits. The rear suspension works fine, and it is pretty stable side-side. Not noisy at all, I was worried that being monocoque the body would be booming out road noise. The open body probably helps a lot, as does foam & fabric seat covers. Plenty of power.
It has a name now, it's a '12 (1912? 2012?) "Fauchet" Velocar. (Get it? Fau
x - Mochet
oster - Mochet
And it's own email address. No website yet.