after looking at interested bystanders pictures, the vehicle in the pictures has a venue where it can run, any local soap box berby. and i think their rules are a bit more relaxed.
While a funny thought, as a former participant in the Gravity Grand Prix (yeah, everybody knew this was commin'), I can guarantee you that Franklin's car, even with the engine and prop removed, would not pass tech. If you think the SCTA is tough on tech, try going up against the Cedar Rapids Jaycees.http://www.aasbd.com/SBD_rules.htm
But all joking aside, I am in complete agreement with John Romero - I'd love to see it run, and nothing would give me a bigger smile than having my gut-level instincts about the Propster's potential for speed dismissed by an eyebrow raising pass. I would also applaud a failed or underwhelming attempt, because it is in the attempt that the courage of one's convictions are shown. To have such a project this far along, it seems a shame to let it sit.
One last thought - even if it only went 20mph, I've got to believe that it would be a hoot driving this thing.