Suddenly the well-heeled man in the convertible BMW on Sherbrooke West in Montreal started screaming at NDP Leader Jack Layton. "You are a good guy Jack but I won't vote for you, You're a commie." Layton looked confused but kept smiling. The top down dude raced off.
Just a minute Jack, your family did what? Invented the first hybrid car?
NDP Leader Jack Layton was claiming today in Montreal while talking to supporters that his family may have built the first hybrid car in the early 1970s.
He said his late father, Bob, worked with the dean of engineering at McGill along with a technician from Switzerland to design a "car that would have electric motors that would be powered by electricity created by a small efficient internal combustion engine all mobilized by a computer.
"And my brother Rob, who at the time studied computers ... did the computer work and they actually put this equipment into a vehicle. It looked a little strange I must say but it worked ... I guess in some ways it was the first hybrid car and it was built right here in Quebec."
Just a minute Jack, a quick check on Google says American inventor Victor Wouk, who died in May 2005 at the age of 86!, invented the hybrid car in 1972.
When she climbed on the Layton campaign bus, Jack's sister Nancy smiled and said the family invention was news to her.