Monday, October 14, 2013

Northwoods Wrap Up

Well, it took two weeks, but it was worth the effort!

First off, here are the combined unofficial results:

Race 540Scott GusakovGlasair IIISport267.22
Race 411Jeff BarnesRV-6RV Blue224.15
Race 71Bob AxsomRV-6ARV Blue219.59
Race 47Jim WilsonRV-8RV Gold219.97
Race 12Alan CarollRV-8RV Blue216.21
Race 98John KeichMM1Sprint177.02
Race 911Craig HenryPA-30T Twin CommancheTwin 3T176.66
Race 33Alan HughesPA-32 Cherokee 6FAC1FX161.83
Race 47Eric WhytePA-24 CommancheFAC2RG178.92
Race 52Carl FergusonPA-28-150FAC6130.85

Here are a few pictures of both events

Rewind to this picture. I was asked if they were really mad at each other...

To get this picture, I took about 20 of these in which neither one could stop laughing ; )

It was great to have such fierce competitors with us for the event!

The next weekend kicked off with Bill's presentation about air racing in the 40's. It was like re-living history as he mixed video, pictures and stories to transport us back in time. 

One of the more comical stories he told was about what a pilot had to do to qualify to race back then. Each pilot was required (among other things) to demonstrate a 9G pull. Bill was concerned about being able to do so and asked his mentor Steve Wittman how he would be able to withstand that kind of force. Steve said "easy, just pull into the turn and give the G meter a good whack with your knuckles". Bill did so but hit it so hard that it read 12G's and had to reset the meter and do it over ; )

John Keich's MM1 after battle!
No, Bill is not really that short, Mark Hegy is just very tall! Mark and I went to A&P school together back in the day. He is currently building an RV-8 and works with me at Sport Air. 
Jim Wilson raced his stroked IO-360 for the first time. He did great and I suspect we will see more of him and his plane at future races.

Eric Whyte and Craig Henr'y's Comanches (the Dynamic Duo) prepped for battle.

Craig's co-pilot and Niece Victoria Auer.
"Weasel" and Swedemobile
In the end, Eric beat Craig. I like to think that its was because  of his co-pilots ; )
Being the finish line timer has its perks! The keen eye will pick up on the fact that the Comanche has displayed one of its oddball traits...

More details and finish line videos to follow. 

Please forgive any text or formatting errors as blogspot's text and picture editing capabilities, well, suck ; ) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Northwoods Race Part 2

Lets try this again...

There will be a new entry page on the SARL site soon. I will post an update with the link when it becomes available. Please sign up if you are able to make it.

Here is the schedule:

When: October 12th, 2013
Where: Waupaca, WI (KPCZ)
Sectional: Green Bay
Airport Manager: Peter Andersen

Race Host: 
Jeff Lange

Schedule of Events:

4-8pm: Racer Arrival and registration 
8-??PM: The Golden Age of Air Racing - An Evening with Bill Brennand (more details to follow)

10:00am: Race Briefing
10:30am: Race Staging
11:00am Race Start
11:30pm: Race Awards and Lunch

Rental Car
Enterprise Rental Cars
U.S. Highway 10 East
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 341-1200

They will deliver the car right to the airport if you reserve in advance. 

Hotel Info
Comfort Inn
199 Foxfire Drive
Waupaca, WI 54981
(715) 942-0500

Shuttle between airport and hotel provided (by the hotel or myself)

The race entry fee of $30 includes the Friday night meal, the post race lunch, a T-shirt, stickers and a certificate for all of the racers. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Heat 1 Results

It was a beautiful day for flying! Here are the unofficial results and a few pictures and videos from today.

Jeff Barnes: RV Blue 224.15mph
Bob Axsom: RV Blue 219.59mph
Carl Ferguson: FAC5FX (PA-28-150) 130.85mph


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Northwoods Heat 1 will be run on Sunday Oct. 6th

Well, we spent the better part of the day talking airplanes in the hanger. IFR conditions prevailed all day. 

The weather is forecast to be sunny with a high of 60 degrees now that the cold front has passed. We are going to meet at the airport at 11:30am tomorrow with an anticipated start time of 12:30pm. We have three racers here and ready to race. Please join us if you can. 

Otherwise, we will still run the original schedule starting on Friday of next week. Bill Brennand is available and will be speaking at the event as scheduled. 

Please keep an eye on this blog during the week for more information. 

If you would like to join us tomorrow, please contact me via email or phone.

Jeff Lange

Friday, October 4, 2013

Important Race Update


Due to the weather, the Northwoods Race has been split in two. For racers already here (Bob and Jeff) and racers that may arrive for tomorrow, we will run a "heat" if the weather allows. 

Bill Brennand will not be speaking tonight. 

For racer that cannot make it this weekend, the entire event as it was originally scheduled (including the evening with Bill Brennand) will be shifted to next weekend. This will make up the second "heat". 

More details to follow shortly. 

Please call me at 920-203-0976 if you have any questions. 

Jeff Lange