SUCCESS! NEWMAN'S "GYRO-POWER" CAR WORKS
By Valeri Oliver
Clarion-Ledge Gulf Coast Bureau
LUCEDALE (MI) - Inventor Joe Newman's red, home-built car sputtered, then
hissed and whirred its way down a rural backroad Wednesday, a feat Newman says
will ultimately change the world.
"What y'all are seeing this morning is history," Newman told a gaggle of
reporters and photographers gathered on Old Mobile Highway east of Lucedale for
Newman said his electronic car, which ran at 4 mph, is proof of a
breakthrough in physics. He brought his car to Jackson in December for a
demonstration, but that test was aborted, he said, because the car was damaged
on its way from Lucedale to the Mississippi Coliseum.
Newman said Wednesday he wanted show off his energy machine-powered car
closer to home to prove that his controversial theories are so basic they can
be done even in the backwoods of George County.
"If the scientific community is right, then there's no way that this
battery will move this car....There is no way that a zillion of them would even
turn this thing over," Newman said before he started the vehicle.
The inventor held up a tiny 1.5-volt battery that he claims is the force
behind the energy machine's ability to power the 1,800-pound car. Newman claims
to have used more than 170 pounds of the batteries, along with 200 pounds of
copper wire, to harness the energy of tiny gyroscopic particles contained
within the electromagnetic field, which he said is the building block of the
"The energy comes from the atoms of the conductor, the atoms of a magnet,"
As Newman prepared to start the car with the aid of a mechanic, he warned
reporters not to touch the car's surface. "It will sure light you up," he said.
The car then sputtered to life and a sign above the back bumper reading
"Gyro Power" lighted up. With Newman at the wheel, the auto heaved forward. The
inventor drove the slow-moving vehicle down the highway about a half mile and
back, all the time answering questions from reporters striding alongside. Then
he turned the car off.
Newman said the electronic car can travel about 4 mph and can go up slight
inclines. The inventor said he first powered the car on Jan. 30 before a small
group of George Countians, a demonstration that reportedly lasted 30 minutes.
If the technology were stepped up, he said, cars could be powered to a
speed more practical, and even space travel could use the process.
"I'm doing all this in the backwoods of Lucedale, Mississippi. What do you
think would happen if big industry got behind it?", he asked.
But industry hasn't supported the idea, and neither have the U.S. Bureau
of Standards and the Patent and Trademark Office. An application by Newman for
a patent has been rejected. Patent officials say his theories don't prove the
machine produces more energy than it consumes.
Newman criticized U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Jackson, the presiding
judge in the inventor's federal court case in Washington, DC, and President
Reagan for "keeping this invention from the public."
A decision on his appeal is pending.
A small crew of Lucedale supporters gathered along the country road to
watch the display.
"I support Joe Newman", said George County Chancery Clerk Jerry Harvey,
among those watching the exhibition Wednesday. "The only thing I understand
about electricity is if you stick your finger in a socket, you'll get it. But
Joe Newman is ethical. If he says it works, it works."
About $100,000 was spent developing the car, Newman said, and another
$800,000 has been spent fighting the patent office.
But the money's not important, he said.
"I take my son into the back yard, show him the stars, and tell him he
will be using his father's technology to fly to other solar systems 20 years
from now," Newman said. "I wouldn't tell him that if I didn't believe it."