|Air Racing News
Critical Mass To
Return To Stock
This has turned
into one of the biggest news days in Air
Racing since Sunday at Reno 2006! I just
got off the phone with Ken Dwelle and he
shared a bit of information which relates
to the earlier story about the Rare Bear.
By the time you read this, the Rare Bear
"clone" engine that was last
raced on Critical Mass at Reno 2003 will
be on its way to the Reno Stead airport
and its new owner, Rare Bear Air Racing!
Now on to
the title of this story Ken told me that
the airplane will be going to the Sanders
for the sheet metal work to return her to
a stock two seat dual control
going to be a popular decision" said
Dwelle, "but the airplane hasn't
turned a wheel in three years. We're
going to make it a fun family airplane
that we can fly every weekend".
Ken told me that they will return to Reno
with the reconfigured airplane.
"We'll race it in the silver"
Ken said, adding that they would not be
"wicking it up" as they did in
the past with their quest for a gold win
at Reno. The airplane will receive a
stock 26 WD motor and, as Ken put it
"it will look just like 911 only
with different paint".
Asked whether the
airplane would retain the Critical Mass
paint job, Ken replied "that has not
yet been decided".
the author is both disappointed and
thrilled at this news. Critical Mass, as
she last raced, was to my eye one of the
best looking racers of all time. It will
be sad to lose that part of her. I am,
however, very happy to hear that the
Dwelle team will be returning to
Unlimited racing! It's just not the same
without that family and their team on the
Further news from
the Dwelle team For 2007, they will
return to T-6 racing. TJ Dwelle will race
Tinker Toy and Ken will race Kitchen
Pass. This family brings much to the
sport of Air Racing and having them back
with such a full stable of race planes
will be great for the fans and the sport.
Watch for much close action in both T-6
and the Silver Unlimiteds! With many
"super stock" Sea Fury
airplanes in the field, and the
competitive Dwelle family in both
classes, 2007 is already looking like a
very good year for the sport!
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Dwelle