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Reno – Day Three

Today was another day spent mostly in the hangar. There has been a lot of interest shown in the Champ project that we have for sale. That meant that I spent a lot of time answering questions and watching people inspect what we have on display.

I did venture out a couple of times for unlimited heat races – you can’t ignore the sound of those big engines screaming around the course.  The gold heat was won easily by Strega – who slowed down to about 415 mph on the last lap (still averaging 465 mph) , a speed that was easier on the engine yet fast enough to stay ahead of Voodoo. Third place went to RareBear.  Oops, I just checked the race results on the web site and it indicates that Voodoo cut a pylon on the first lap. The penalty moved him down to third with RareBear taking second.

The Super Sport heat race was won by the Thunder Mustang "Rapid Travel" (see yesterday’s photos) at a speed of 373 mph. The Questair Venture "Bad Intentions" came in second and John Parker’s Thunder Mustang "Blue Thunder II" came in third (also cutting a pylon).

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Reno – Day Two

One big advantage of being a Stead tenant during the races is that I can drive right to my hangar and avoid the crowded parking lots and long walk to one of the entrance gates. I normally park on one side of the hangar and open the other side so that people waking by can look in and see the planes inside. I have a polished Globe Swift that usually draws people to the hangar entrance for a closer look. and my wife has a Aeronca Champ project in the hangar with a For Sale sign attached. We have decided that we won’t be finishing the aircraft rebuild and will be selling the partially completed project in it’s current condition.

As race week progresses more people arrive at Stead to watch the action. There was a noticeable increase in traffic going by the hangar today. After an initial tour through the pit area I spent most of the day at the hangar answering Champ questions and talking about the Swift. I also had some airline friends stop by for a chat.

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Reno – Day One

The first official day of the races was today, Wednesday. The morning sessions were filled with qualifying periods and the afternoon sessions were the first of the heat races for all classes except the unlimiteds.

The Reno Air Race Association has a website at All of the qualifying times and race results will be posted there.  I ‘borrowed’ some of the qualifying times and placed them in this pdf file. It shows the top four qualifiers in each class.  For those of you interested in the unlimiteds, Steve Hinton (the younger) qualified first Flying Strega at 484.255 mph followed very closely by Will Whiteside flying Voodoo at 479.180 mph.

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