September 09, 2006
Reno Air Race Report
by: Wayne Sagar
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of the Reno Stead Airport changed
drastically today as the Reno National
Championship Air Races ramp-up for the
2006 event. With the smattering of
airplanes evident yesterday (Friday)
changing to nearly the entire field of
racing aircraft in-place in their
respective pits today.
The line up of competitors
in each class has shaped up to the point
that this year's racing may offer some of
the best competition in years! Arguably,
the most notable difference this year is
the return of the highly competitive Bill
"Tiger" Destefani as pilot of
his six time national championship
winning "Strega". Strega
returns this year, re-engined and ready
after the frustrating 2005 appearance
where two of three engines brought by the
team to power their effort failed before
racing actually began.
With Merlin engine failures
on the tip of everyone's tongue, one race
pilot took the time to make a bold
statement with the production of a
limited edition T-shirt design, which he
wore defiantly in the pits today.
Apparently, the Roush produced
"bottom end" for the WWII
Rolls-Royce engine has not worked well
when pushed with the additional manifold
pressures used in race-power settings.
Engine builder Mike "Sparrow"
Barrow has has his hands full (and then
some) this year while sorting through
numerous bearing failures. Abandoning the
Roush components for, at least, one
competitor, has proven (so far) to be the
Old favorites as well as
some much anticipated newcomers were
present on the ramp. Robert Odegaard's
veteran "Cleveland Era" F2-G
"Super Corsair" will once again
grace the pylons of Air Racing in actual
competition, this fact alone would make
the 2006 trip to the Reno National
Championship Air Races worthwhile!
Reasons to attend this year
certainly are not limited to historic
racers returning to the field! In
addition to the potential for some
exciting racing in the Unlimited
Division, drama and anticipation abound
in ALL of the Divisions this year. From
Sport to IF1, the 2006 edition of the
"World's Fastest Motorsport"
promises to be the most exciting in the
sport's long history in the high desert
north of Reno, Nevada, USA!
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