Today’s events of Speed, F2B Aerobatics and Burford A team race were
held during humid and overcast conditions. There were no complaints
though as there was only a little of the dreaded wind that can put an
end to modelling activities when it gets excessive.
The Speed guy’s occupied the hard surface until the lunch time BBQ
break. Soon after, the small entry of F2B models were given some
relaxed competition airtime.
During the lull in competitions, lots of racers, combat and sports
models were given some air time and tested. One of these models was a
FAI Team racer built by Dennis Prior during the 1970’s.
Final event of the day was the “Burford A” team race. Ken Hunting
would have entered but had to leave before the event was raced. That
left only two teams, both of whom flew Footprint/Taipan combinations.
Bailey/Roberts had a model that had not been flown since the Dalby
Nationals and during both heats was plagued with fuel blockage
In a light hearted end to the second heat, the Bailey/Roberts model
slowly completed 70 of the required 80 laps due to a fuel blockage.
When the model finally came to a standstill for refuelling the
Wilson/Ellins model had already finished the race.
Pilot Harry left the circle centre and retrieved the model. The model
was refuelled and the needle valve opened up to get a running setting.
The opposition pilot (Graeme Wilson) picked up the handle and flew the
remaining required ten laps at a good pace. Needless to say,
Wilson/Ellins gained the accolades for the day.