Sunday 14th October was club team racing at Frankston. A cloudy
morning soon gave way to a fine day with moderate winds abating to
light in the afternoon.
It was a good day for flying with four teams each in A & B. We would
have had the usual six teams but Lance Smith was battling the flu on
the eve of his trip to NZ to compete in a 1000 lapper and the Cosmic
Rays thought it was too windy at their country home. It was good as
Classic B was first away on the freshly mown grass circle at the top
of the field, thanks to the top effort put in by Don, Harry, Mark
and others. No one was missing flying at Knox. There's strength in
numbers at CLAMF.
Time for the first heat. Speed man Robin Hiern was flicking the
powered orange Swooper and his quick starts gave Hallowell/Hiern the
FTD of 3.07.44. They finished well in front of Harry Bailey and
Peter Roberts on 3.29.81 with the familiar vee tailed Backtrack with
OS 25 FP. Yes, Harry does have a B25R. Yes, he is building a new
model for it and yes; he will be 'on the pace' again very shortly!
Graeme Wilson and Mark Ellins who recorded an easy paced 3.13.84 to
finish ahead of the old firm of Ken and John Hunting on 3.43.19
easily won the second heat. Yes, they are still known as the Dream
Team. Yes, they do have a B25R or two and no, they weren't using it
today. I'm sure they will in the future!
was decided to hold two 140-lap finals. Hallowell/Hiern and
Wilson/Ellins were first up. Robin showed he hasn't lost his T/R
touch by beating F2C whiz Mellins into the air. Gavan Opperman who
is returning to C/L flying after more than 40 years ably assisted
Robin on battery.
The Swooper had a slight edge in rpm and speed over Graeme's B25R
Rocket and managed a few passes. At the 70 lap mark, the Swooper was
timed at 3.01 which is under the best ever Australian or US heat
time in Classic B.
The race finished with Hallowell/Hiern stopping the clock at
6.15.53, which is about the 3rd best final time ever recorded. The
good thing here is there is definitely a lot more to come! Graeme
and Mark finished on
6.33.97. Admittedly this was just a two up club event, so the times
should have been a bit quicker than a full on three up race. Never
the less, it was good practice and good fun.
In the other final, the Dreamers posted a 7.54.56, which, by the
way, just betters the old Australian Class B record of 7.55 set by
Les Squires and his Grassfire back in the early 1960's. Harry and
Peter soldiered on with one very slow stop to record 8.16.72.