BRADENTON, Fla. – Think the $4 gas crisis is over? Get ready for the revenge of American motorists.

       Inventors from across the U.S. of hydrogen-powered devices for cars, trucks, boats, campers, motorcycles and generators that can save thousands of dollars a year in gas and diesel costs are gathering for the non-profit HHO Games & Exposition on Tues., Nov. 11. The event is from 8am-5pm at the 57,000 sq.ft, 2,000-seat Mosaic Arena at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, at 1402 14th Ave. W. in Palmetto, Fla.

       The Games offer the public a four-day round of seminars and the world’s first large-scale display of water-powered vehicles.

       “The Games are a national Veterans Day effort to reduce dependence on foreign fuel and save U.S. soldiers who fight and die to secure the nation's oil lifeline to the Middle East," organizer Joe Shea said. "We hope to reduce hunger and suffering tied to the high cost of fuel."

       "Thousands of construction jobs have been lost, and three local banks in the country have collapsed in the region's housing meltdown, he said. With hydrogen a national cottage industry can be created to quickly convert gas-guzzlers to gas-savers with hydrogen kits.

       The event would mark a significant transition in public acceptance of hybrid fuels. The attraction is the low-cost, low-tech nature of the kits, substantial gas savings and rapid engine-performance improvement. They are safe because no gas is stored in the kits, which only produce hydrogen on demand for instant use with gas or diesel fuel.

       “We believe this is a watershed moment in automotive history,” said Shea, editor of the online American Reporter.

       Inventors and thousands of the simply curious will attend seminars by people like ZeroFossilFuels, a Connecticut man, or Nevada-based SmartScarecrow, who have independently produced hundreds of the more than 17,300 videos on YouTube showing a year-long process of building, testing, installing and using HHO kits the size of a small blender. With that vast cross-pollination of ideas, innovations occur almost daily.

       The kits produce hydrogen gas, or HHO, from electrolysis of water that is burned with gasoline or diesel in any kind of combustion engine from lawnmowers to 18-wheelers. HHO kits can produce savings of 25% to 70% on fuel costs and quickly improve overall performance. A study funded by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation says a limited survey of large trucks found trucks saved diesel fuel and reduced emissions with the kits. Just one mile per gallon costs truckers an average of $15,000 a year.

       Mark Stefan, owner of the 14-bay Lauck Motors in Atlanta, the largest independent Mercedes and BMW repair facility in Atlanta, will have a kit installed at the Games on his gold 2004 Mercedes 3.2-liter E320. At 55,000 mileS, the car now gets about 24mpg; Stefan hopes to improve that by 20-35%, and then add an HHO installation bay at the Atlanta garage.

       Ralph Gugar and George Papp of MileaseSeekersHHO, a Cincinatti-based HHO dealership, will use an industrial-grade Dwyer Variable Area Flow Meter at the Games to test actual output of hydrogen gas from kits from half a liter to 10 liters per minute.

       Israeli-American Ozzie Freedom of Los Angeles-based Water4Gas is leading a caravan of HHO-powered vehicles from California across the America, with stops in 10 cities, before his arrival at the HHO Games on Veterans Day.

       Prof. Cliff Ricketts of Middle Tennesse State University in Murfreesboro, the world land speed record-holder for a hydrogen -powered car, is flying in to co-host a 6-hour seminar on Nov. 14 with Zero FossilFuels, who is driving to the HHO Games from Connecticut in a water-powered Honda.

       Joe Shea is organizer of the HHO Games. Contact him at (941)753-1136 (work), 941-932-6247 (cell), or via email at The Games’ Website is Admission is $2 with a can of food for local food banks. Veterans and disabled people and children under 12 are free.