The Pylon Place: Air Race 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:59AM
Marilyn Dash in Air Racing, Dan Martin, Hot Stuff, IF1, International Formula One Air Racing, Mike Brown, Precious Metal, Pylon Racing Seminar, Reno Air Races, Thom Richard, Vicky Benzing

By Marilyn Dash

Air Race 1 – Tunisia

Thom Richard, Jay Jones and Michael Mundell in the Gold. (Used with permission from Air Race 1)I’ve heard the question a hundred times, why is International Formula One Air Racing called International? Well, Jeff Zaltman and his team have put the International back into IF1.

Last year, in their inaugural season, Air Race 1 put together a great race in Spain. This year, they have a three Race Series, starting in Tunisia and finishing in Reno, Nev. They are revisiting their roots in Spain in the middle of the season. In fact, the teams are heading to Spain as we go to press.

First thing you’ll notice is a bunch of familiar names from the IF1 Class at Reno. Only two competitors are not Reno Air Races veterans, and the planes are very familiar as well!

Thom Richard in Hot Stuff (Used with permission from Air Race 1)This is the first Air Race to be hosted on the African continent. The crowds were treated to a series of great races and a few tricks here and there. Apparently, the rules in Tunisia are a little bit more lax than here in the USA.

Thom Richard, you know–Precious Metal Thom–ended up winning the Gold on Sunday with his new IF1 plane, Hot Stuff. You may remember this aircraft being built and flown by Brian Reberry several years ago. Now, it will be making the rounds in the IF1 Circuit. Congrats to Thom and the rest of the teams! I loved hearing the stories and receiving picture from everyone. I wish I could have been there!

Results - Class: Air Race 1 World Cup Monastir 2015

Round: Gold Final

Time: 16:00 Date: Sun, Jun 07 2015           

No

Pilot

Plane

Plane Name

Avg
MPH

1

Thom Richard

3M1C1R

Hot Stuff

231.87

45

Jay (Jaybird) Jones

Cassutt

Quadnickel Racer

215.36

33

Michael Mundell

Cassutt IIIM

Second Wind

211.54

99

Kent Cassels

Cassutt IIIM

Margaret June

204.2

20

Philip Goforth

Cassutt

Pooder

175.24

53

Justin Phillipson

Cassutt

Kermit

175.24

87

Steve Temple *

Boyd GR-7 Panther

Madness

207.29

 

 

Results - Class: Air Race 1 World Cup Monastir 2015

Round: Silver Final

Time: 14:00 Date: Sun, Jun 07 2015

No

Pilot

Plane

Plane Name

Avg
MPH

20

Philip Goforth

Cassutt

Pooder

184.01

53

Justin Phillipson

Cassutt

Kermit

177.15

11

Des Hart

Cassutt IIIM

Hart Attack

171.61

2

Trevor Jarvis

Shoestring

Silver Bullet

DNF

15

Dave (Homey) Holmgren

Cassutt IIIM

Last Lap Player

DNS

 

Pylon Racing Seminar – 2015

For the third year in a row, PRS had record breaking attendance. The increase in Air Racing Students is a serious sign of faith for the upcoming event in September.

The breakdown was three Biplanes, eight IF1, 10 Jets, 12 Sport Class, two T6, and just two Unlimited Students. In fact, the two included Dan Martin who has been racing at Reno off and on for years. He will be sharing the flying duties with Sal Rubino on Grim Reaper.

Mike Brown, a former National Champion Unlimited Racer in 232, was unable to attend with his aircraft. He recently purchased Risky Business and some changes are still being made and the racer wasn’t available. We are hoping to still see Mike and Risky in September.

Other interesting notes include two new types of Jets–one is the L139, which is a one off aircraft, bridging the gap between the L39 and the L59. Vicky Benzing will be flying this beautiful Jet in September. The other is a Soko G-2, which is a Yugoslavian Trainer–looks a bit like the T-33–but definitely Eastern European. Rookie, Peter Ireland will likely be flying her.

See you in September?

Entries were due June 26th–which means we should hear what the preliminary numbers are soon. Full packages are due towards the end of July–so we have a few more minutes to get our paperwork together.

We certainly hope you have scheduled your vacation, purchased your tickets, reserved your hotel rooms, and made your flight arrangements. We are racing in September–and we hope to see you there!

If you are looking to sponsor a Biplane Racing Team, check out our RubyRedRacing.com website. There is a Donate button on the left side. Also, we’d love to talk with you about other opportunities.

 

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