It would be an understatement to say it’s been a crazy two years. While it was a bummer that the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 races, it was understandable given the travel and safety concerns of the teams and fans. Fortunately, RARA, STOL Drag’s Trent Palmer and hundreds of fans all chipped in to raiseContinue reading Reno Air Races 2020-21 Recap
From Rare Bear’s (at this point mythical) 3-blade paddle prop to the new 5-blade MT prop on Clas Thunder I, a new propeller is one of the most visible speed mods on any racer. With so many different shapes, sizes, and numbers of blades the big question is, “which is fastest?” The boring, but predictable,Continue reading Why 4 Blades and Why Now?
Coming off an incredible year in 2018, breaking the elusive 400mph mark, the quest for speed continued. Over the past several years we have made some extensive changes with the wingtips, flap mod, body and paint work, and it was time to focus on refining the systems a bit. In April we took the planeContinue reading Reno Air Races 2019 Recap
“The Unlimiteds are dying,” is once again the topic for air racing fans. This time it’s because Rod Lewis sold “232”. The stories say it will be shipped to Germany and restored to stock. But at the same time “Rare Bear” is back in Texas with hints of a new speed record attempt. These twoContinue reading The Golden Age of Sport Class
This year’s prep began the day we landed from Reno 2017. We had just pushed the plane faster than ever, and my inadvertent mixture bump caused us to pull up from the Gold Race on Sunday. The good news was we didn’t break anything and had a great baseline. We started with the engine overhaulContinue reading Reno Air Races 2018 – Champions!
STIHL National Championship Air Races Recap 2017 So Close! It was a week of excitement, challenges, a lot of learning and an incredible group of people. STIHL continued their title sponsorship of the event, and the racing fields were packed with action. There was a full Timber Sports display and it was great to chatContinue reading Reno 2017 Recap