SUCCESS! NEWMAN'S +quot;GYRO-POWER+quot; CAR WORKS By Valeri Oliver Clarion-Ledge Gulf Coa

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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 the demonstration. 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 universe. "The energy comes from the atoms of the conductor, the atoms of a magnet," he said. 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."

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