To great fanfare, Terry appears at the starting line
with the unreal SuperBike. This thing isn't a bike! It's a two
wheeled dragster, powered by a turbocharged, fuel burning Hemi
head Chrysler V-8 that puts out over 3,000 horsepower. It takes
a rear tire nearly 20 inches wide to get the power to the ground.
The crowd goes wild and begins to chant "Bikester! Bikester!"
Nitro, always unflappable, stares at Terry with an amused expression
on his face. As long as he's known him, Terry has always put on
a show for the crowd. Terry does a very smokey burnout, heating
up the huge racing slick with an earth shaking display of brute
horsepower. The crowd goes wild! Then after carefully staging
at the starting line, he leaves under full power, doing a two
foot high wheelstand as the light turns green. He holds the wheelie
for the full quarter mile, and easily sets a new track record.
He pops his parachute with its large Bikester logo as he crosses
the finish line, definitely letting everyone know who's "King
of the Hill"!
The races begin. Racers compete with each other to
see who will have the opportunity to race against SuperBike in
the big final.
After several hours of eliminations and another smokey exhibition run by Terry, a very large crowd watches as the two bikes that have won all their elimination rounds run against each other. The winner will face Terry and SuperBike in the grand finale. It's Nail on his supercharged Harley drag bike against Big Daddy Corliss on his big twin engined Kawasaki. Nail's unbelievablely quick reflexes give him a full bike length lead at the start, and even though Corliss's bike has more power and speed he can't make up the difference. It will be Nail against Terry in the final. Celeste smiles. Nail's video game loss has been vindicated.
"KING OF THE HILL"
Thirty minutes later, Nail is back at the starting
line, ready to race Terry. As the engines are fired up on the
two bikes, Celeste and TK push their way to the front of the huge
crowd around the starting line, or as TK says, "A good thing
about this wheelchair is that it always gets you a front row seat."
The noise is deafening as the two bikes do their burnouts, then
they slowly pull up to the starting line, the yellow lights come
on in both lanes-they both bring their revs up, then the lights
turn green and they're gone. Nail once again getting a quick start,
leads by almost a bike length. But by the 1/8 mile marker Terry
has passed him and is pulling away. Terry wins easily, breaking
his own track record in the process.
Celeste decides to wait around the starting line
to congratulate Nail on a good race when he gets back for the
trophy presentation, while TK wheels off to investigate the equipment
and machines that seem to be overflowing from the various rigs
in the pits and to see if he can score a few more autographs.
Once he gets out in the pits, he spots the Bikester's trailer
and heads straight for it. Back at the starting line, the presentation
of trophies for the various classes of competition and "King
of the Hill" is over and Terry congratulates Nail on his
great start and fast reflexes. Standing nearby, Celeste gives
Nail the thumbs-up sign, and Nail beckons her over to meet Terry.
TK can't believe his eyes. This rig is totally high-tech!
It's fully loaded with the state-of-the-art equipment-a complete
rolling race shop. Looking in the open side door, TK spots a crate
under a work bench with the words 'SUN TOOL, Inc. H²O-S'.
What a find! He forgets about everything else. He has to check
this out. He rolls up the side ramp into the trailer and over
to the open Sun Tool crate. TK looks inside and immediately recognizes
the contents. He is happily digging through it when he gets the
feeling he's being watched, and looks up to find Nitro blocking
the door-and he looks rather formidable.
Terry, Nail and Celeste arrive to find TK and Nitro
removing various strange looking parts from the crate and discussing
them in technical terms that the three of them cannot understand
at all. TK is explaining to the astonished Nitro that the parts
are prototypes from an experimental project in using water for
fuel. TK is amazed because these parts were thought to have disappeared
almost 50 years ago when the US Government had abandoned a top
secret attempt to develop a readily available high horsepower
producing fuel for, among other things, the P-51 Mustang Fighter
Plane. Nitro had bought a P-51 engine for a future project at
the Sun Tool company surplus yard in El Segundo and the crate
of strange parts came with it. Nitro, a true junk yard rat, can't
go past a surplus yard without going in to dig around, and he
likes Sun Tool the best because they have been in business since
the 1930's doing mostly government projects, so they have a lot
of what Nitro calls "neat stuff". The place is even
worth a trip to El Segundo. . . occasionally.
"CRUISIN' THE NET"
While cruising the information superhighway on his computer, TK had come across several scientists and engineers trading information about a project known as the Sun Tool H²O-S. Its purpose was to separate the hydrogen out of water and process it into a usable fuel. The 'S' stands for separator. Scientifically inquisitive, TK was interested in this concept and had several conversations with them at a science site on the Internet. They were quite impressed by TK and soon asked him to join their group. Something good about doing things by computer is that it doesn't show how old you are-just how smart you are, and TK is plenty smart.
After eight months of sending information and ideas
back and forth by computer, TK and the three other members of
the group (their computer address was 'nopoll'-for no pollution),
had worked out the system except they didn't have the prototype
parts that had been built in the Sun Tool laboratories, which
were absolutely necessary to complete the project. The cost of
the research and development to design and build those parts again
would be out of the question, and according to all the information
they could find, the original parts had been destroyed many years
Shortly after that, the other members of 'nopoll'
without a word, signed off the Internet, and all 'nopoll' information
was suddenly deleted. TK tried every way he knew, but couldn't
make contact with them. Then one day, TK had a message in his
e-mail asking him to contact a law firm that represented the Sun
Tool company. They said they had a "very lucrative offer
for him." TK did some checking (a computer can turn up just
about any information) and discovered that the Suntool company
had been bought by Atlas-Mega Petroleum Incorporated. Atlas-Mega
was known to be a very powerful and somewhat ruthless company.
TK got scared and signed off the Internet before they could trace
him. The members of the 'nopoll' group had thought someone might
be monitoring them, and it looked like maybe they were right.
Now here he was, looking at the very pieces that were the key
to a secret that could allow every vehicle in the world to run
on water, helping put an end to air pollution. Or as TK put it
"The Ultimate Anti-Smog Device."
After listening to TK's story, Nitro's brain is working
overtime. While putting an end to world air pollution is certainly
a most worthy goal and of the highest priority, Nitro is a racer,
and can't help but think of the power you could get out of an
engine running on the oxygenated hydrogen fuel that this system
would produce. At last, all the horsepower you could imagine,
"A racers dream!" TK is thinking too: "What a way
to test this system - on SuperBike!"