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Muscle car: Geoff Woodward's driver-powered car is expected to get the once over from Prime
Minister John Key, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and other MPs after an Albany breakfast meeting
Go to northharbournews.co.nz
to see a video of Geoff
Woodward's hand-propelled car
A muscle car demonstration was
due to be given to Prime Minister
John Key in Albany this morning.
The car resembles a four-
wheeled bike, powered by a cen-
tral lever pulled towards the
It was first dreamed up by Geoff
Woodward of Kaukapakapa in
response to the 1970s oil crisis
and car-less days. He s now taken
it a step further and hopes to get
funding to develop the concept.
Mr Woodward and friend
Crispin Caldicott aimed to show
Mr Key the car after a North of
the Bridge National Party Break-
fast event at North Harbour
Stadium finished at about 8.30am.
The little car takes advantage of
the upper half of the human body.
Whereas a bicycle utilises the legs,
the actual leverage is only around
18cm. Potentially, there is much
more power available in the upper
body because the lever action is
far longer, Mr Woodward says.
Transferring this power into
motion requires a gearbox and he
believes the small box under the
seat of his new vehicle has many
potential uses. The geoffbox
device turns lever action into
rotary action. The vehicle is fitted
with an 11-speed selection and is
capable of smooth acceleration
and an easy ratio for hill climbing.
It can reach up to 82kmh.
The car will no doubt go faster
if lighter construction, like car-
bon fibre, is used instead of a go-
But the potential of the geof-
fbox is not just to move people
faster than bicycles can.
Wheelchairs, kayaks, dinghies
and new sports gear are on the
This patented invention is
simply waiting for Third World
applications, such as water
pumps, generators, transport,
etc, Mr Woodward says. The
need for people to undertake
work without fossil fuel is
becoming more and more appar-
ent. Technologically simple
inventions like my gearbox will
make all the difference.
Mr Woodward sees the inven-
tion having a wide range of
applications from industry to
Mr Key is off to China late
tonight for a week.
Hertz's stimulus missed
Fallen leader: Eric
Hertz was to address
the North Harbour
By KERRY GALLAGHER
Navy searchers find the plane -- P9
THE 2 Degrees chief executive killed
in a plane crash over Easter was to
speak at a business lunch in Albany
this coming Wednesday.
Eric Hertz, 58, and wife Kathy, 64,
are believed to have died when their
twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed
into the sea off Kawhia, near Raglan,
He had been scheduled to speak at
the North Harbour Business Associ-
ation, which regularly hosts talks from
successful business people.
NHBA director Janine Brinsdon
says about 120 would have attended
the luncheon at North Harbour
The association felt it best to cancel
the lunch and association members
were supportive of that.
Cancelling was really disappointing,
but that paled in comparison to the
pain felt by those close to Mr Hertz,
Out of respect to his family and his
colleagues we just didn t want to
switch in another speaker at the last
minute. Also, we just didn t think it
was appropriate to go ahead, Ms
To have somebody of the ilk of Eric
Hertz come to speak to our members
was really exciting because the
initiatives he rolled out through 2
Degrees were transferable.
Mr Hertz was asked to speak about
some of those initiatives, including the
personality of the brand and coming
from nowhere to somewhere in just
United States-born Mr Hertz was
piloting an aircraft travelling from
Ardmore Airport in Auckland to
Timaru on Saturday.
He radioed to report engine failure
seconds before the crash.
Searchers found the wreckage of the
plane on the sea floor off the Waikato
coast on Tuesday.
Mr Hertz joined 2 Degrees as chief
executive in 2009, the year of its
Before joining the company he held
senior management positions at Bell-
South, AT&T Wireless, Western Wire-
less and McCaw Cellular.
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