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Queen Creek art gallery hosts open house, car show

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Bridgette Crosby is a San Tan Valley resident.

Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 1:57 pm | Updated: 12:29 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Renowned artists Elli and John Milan hosted a unique art and car show in August at their home studio in Queen Creek, where artists and crafters from the area were also invited to show their works.

The atmosphere was light and comfortable as people enjoyed music from local musicians, mingled with neighbors and friends, ate mouth-watering BBQ sandwiches, gazed at the collection of unique oil paintings, and stared in awe at the H2GO Scorpion Concept Car.

The art show was organized by the Milans and friend Beverly McIntyre in order to raise funds for their art and healing mission trip Oct. 1-18 to the Ukraine, Greece and Germany. The women utilize art in their trips to reach out to women in foreign countries who have been traumatized and who often do not have the resources to explore healing through art.

“We really have a heart to help women; this is what we believe in doing. We have been going to foreign countries for many years. In fact, we were some of the first people in to help the women in Bosnian rape camps several years ago.”

Elli Milan added, “Art just helps people heal, it opens so much in one’s heart, and spirit and leads to healing and health.”

McIntyre and the Milans invited friend Ronn Maxwell, owner of Ronn Motor Corp, (recently changed to VydraTech Inc.) to showcase his H2GO Scorpion, which he said is “the world’s only hydrogen concept car,” which was surrounded by people who were mesmerized by the color and design.

Maxwell has over 40 years in the auto industry and said that the car’s unique color and design came to him in a dream. “This car, to me, is really a work of art.”

The H2GO Scorpion has a sleek, gorgeous body with doors that open up toward the front of the car. The color is a unique mixture of silver and green overlay, resulting in a beautiful, golden root beer color that Maxwell christened “Alexis Gold.”

The fully enclosed, magnesium engine runs off of a mixture of hydrogen and gasoline that yields 40+ miles to the gallon. The hydrogen fuel is produced in real time, controlled by a proprietary computer system and injected with the gasoline to enhance fuel burn. In technical terms, it is a hydrogen enhanced fuel injection system. The hydrogen gives a 20-40 percent boost in fuel economy. Based loosely on an Acura S 3.5 Litre engine, 6 cylinders and twin turbo give the car plenty of muscle and 700 horsepower.

Maxwell owns the company that will be building more of these types of concept cars in the near future and is currently based in Houston, Texas. “We got tired of being turned down by the Big Three Auto Makers, so we created our own company. We wanted to show people that you could build a fuel efficient car that was beautiful. It is time for the auto industry to acknowledge that they could be doing better, a lot better.”

In today’s age, with gas prices climbing, any savings on fuel is a bonus to consumers and fuel alternatives that are more Earth-friendly are more important than ever. Maxwell hopes to continue to develop the Scorpion into an affordable version for the everyday person. The car has a ticket price of about $250,000, a little out of reach for most consumers. The Scorpion has almost no emissions and currently gets 5,000 miles per gallon of water compared to 20 miles per gallon of gas in the average car.

With consumers slow to gravitate towards electric cars, which often do not offer enough power, and the current crisis with oil, the Scorpion offers a lesson to automakers and consumers alike: There are alternatives. Perhaps hydrogen, art and a little American creativity is the answer.

Bridgette Crosby is a writer who lives in and loves the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area. Reach her at bridgette@crosbycountry.com.

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