World Solar Challenge: status check


Pre-race WSC memories (photo credits/larger pics: Durham, Twente, Bochum,
Anadolu, Sunswift, PPST)

The following local and international World Solar Challenge teams are now in, or travelling to, Australia (click on the social media icons and links to find out what they are up to). Several other teams plan to arrive just before scrutineering.

Cruiser class – 7 teams (out of 12)

Challenger class – 20 teams (out of 30)

Adventure class – 2 teams (out of 3)

  • 20: Houston School District (  USA, Sundancer) – an adult advance team is trucking the car from Sydney to Darwin, where the students will join them just before the race
  • 42: TAFE SA (  Australia, Solar Spirit) – local team; a digital journalist will travel with them during the race

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It’s happening again: DST in Australia

This weekend, some Australian states and territories (New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory) move to Daylight Saving Time. Fans of the upcoming World Solar Challenge will need to take note.


World Solar Challenge: Bright Sun Rising


Sunrise at Alice Springs (photo: Eason Liu, May 2015)

Every race needs a theme song, and this one is to the tune of the old classic in the video below. It’s dedicated to the WSC 13 Michigan team (who crashed their vehicle but – refusing to give up – did a rush repair job and still finished in the top ten), to the WSC 09 Twente team (who had a similar experience), and especially to this year’s team from Singapore, who bounced back after a fire destroyed their car. Needless to say, I hope that nobody this year experiences any of the problems in this song.

I’ve seen the storm clouds a-building.
I’ve seen the rain come pelting down.
I’ve seen the car get four flat tires.
I’ve wished we’d bought more food in town.

Well, I cried in bed last night,
But we woke to morning light,
There’s a bright sun on the rise.

I’ve seen the pack come driving past us.
I’ve seen the Challenge lose its gloss.
I’ve feared our race was really over.
I’ve heard the voice of rage and loss.

Well, I cried in bed last night,
But we woke to morning light,
There’s a bright sun on the rise.

I see the city lights approaching.
I smell the southern, fresh salt air.
Looks like the car is running smoothly.
I see no troubles anywhere.

I cried in bed last night,
But we woke to morning light,
There’s a bright sun on the rise.

Yeah, we started not quite right,
But we fixed it overnight,
There’s a bright sun on the rise.