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N.E.A.T. Rally begins Friday

WOODLAND – The Northampton-East Automotive Team (N.E.A.T.) will host their ninth annual Electric Vehicle Rally here Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at Tri-County Airport.

With all the hype surrounding the recent spike in gasoline prices, this event is expected to draw added attention.

Listed on Friday’s portion of the agenda is Dick Dell of the Alternative Fuel Research Center. That facility is expected to break ground early next year in Northampton County.

The rally begins at 9 a.m. on Friday where eight high school teams will check-in. An inspection of all vehicles follows at 9:15 a.m. Pit crew competition begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12 noon. The acceleration competition begins at 1 p.m.

Special entertainment will round-out Friday’s agenda.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, teams will engage in the trouble shooting competition. That will be followed by the range event at 10:30 a.m.

Trophy presentations will close out the two-day event at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Northampton-East, other participating high school teams include Northeast Guilford, West Carteret, Topsail, Roanoke Rapids, Northern Vance, Southern Durham and Central Shenandoah Governor’s School (Va.).

The public is invited to attend the rally. There is no admission charge.