Classic B Team Race
Just as it was about to start, a rain front came sweeping across the
field and plastic chairs were being blown across the circle... so it
was decided to quickly start 3 two up heats in the rain and gusty wind
before it got unflyable.
First were John Hallowell and Murray Wilson who recorded 3.01.47 with
the Irvine Rocket. It seems whatever event Murray flies, Murray wins!
The time would have been under 3 minutes but for a slow two lap glide
after cutting out in the wrong spot.
The screaming OS FX Rocket of Chris Scully and Steve Rothwell hotly
pressed John and Murray. The pair has been putting in long hours
working on their setup with the aim of giving the Vics some real hurry
up and I can tell you, their 14.8’s in a practice flight certainly
raised a few eyebrows!
In their one and only heat, Steve and Chris stopped the clock at
3.08.28 but must have lost 10 seconds due to a fast landing and
Harry Bailey and Ken Hunting were third fastest with a 3.53 22 from
the Brodak Galaxie. They swapped duties in the next heat but could
only manage a 4.23.96.
Mark Poschkens showed he is not only one of the world’s best F2C
pitmen, but is also a talented pilot. He had Andrew Nugent flicking,
but the GMS was not on its best behaviour and wouldn’t fire up like it
should. There were similar problems with the Cosmic Ray’s new Irvine
.25. Now fitted to the old blue Crescendo, it proved recalcitrant and
wouldn’t get off the ground in their heat. The engine even took
‘superflick’ Mark Ellins a while in the pits to get it running. I’m
sure they will soon get this problem sorted out. When Irvines go, they
really go. Just ask Harry Bailey, the reigning Classic B National
By now the black rain clouds were right over the field and the heavens
were opening. It was time to get out of there so it was decided right
then to stop the competition and compute the result on the heat times.