"OFFICIAL" UNLIMITED ENTRY ROSTER
If you read my previous article on this subject, you know we had contacted an individual, well connected with the racing fraternity, who gave us his take and insight on who was going to make it to the races this year. We were quite happy with the opportunity to present this information to you.
You imagine my enthusiasm when I received the "Official" Reno 1997 Unlimited Entries. (More on how I received this information later). I assume that you guys and gals out there are ready and anxious for the "real poop" on Reno. So, with the copy of the "Sacred Scrolls" at hand, I am pleased to announce the following.
RENO 1997 UNLIMITED RACE ENTRIES
|Pilot Name||Aircraft Type||Aircraft Name|
|6||Preston, Alan||Yak-11||Hells Bells|
|8||Sanders, Brian||Sea Fury||Dreadnought|
|9||Leeward, Jimmy||P-51||Cloud Dancer|
|10||Dwelle, Tom||Sea Fury||Critical Mass|
|11||Hisey, Brent||P-51D||Miss America|
|12||Michaels, Dr. James||P-51||Queen B|
|15||Hamilton, Lloyd||Sea Fury||Furias|
|16**||Hamilton,Lloyd||Sea Fury||Baby Gorilla|
|19||Sanders,Dennis||Sea Fury||Spare Parts Fury|
|22||Eberhardt, Stu||P-51D||Merlins Magic|
|24||Bolander, Steve||P-51||Mary Bear|
|25||Morss, Dave||Thunder Mustang||Thunder Mustang|
|29||Richardson, Sam||Yak||Czech Ride|
|38||Levitz, Gary||P-51***||Miss Ashley|
|45||Rheinschild, Bill||P-51||Risky Business|
|51||Lenoch, Vlado ****||P-51D||Moonbeam McSwine|
|55||Hannah, Bob||P-51||VooDoo Chile|
|66||Pardue, Howard||Sea Fury||Fury|
|71||Converse, Robert||P-51D||Huntress III|
|76||Jackson, Matt||Sea Fury|
|77||Shelton, Lyle||F-8F2||Rare Bear|
|81||Patterson, Rob||TF-51||Lady Joe|
|99||Gibson, Robert||Sea Fury||Fiscal Therapy|
|105||Dawson, J. Stewart||Sea Fury|
|300||Parker, John||Glassiar III||Three Hundred Project|
|Muszala, John||Sea Fury|
|Peeler, David MD||Yak-9UM|
If you are one to be keeping score, we scored 100% on who we said would be there. Also, all the aircraft we said were "questionable" appear to be in the list above. Damn, when its good - its good! Just remember that all entries may not actually show up at Reno this year, and as far as things go - this *is* as good as it gets!
But least we not forget to give credit where credit is due. All the above information is courtesy of the National Air Racing Group (NAG). I have been a member for the last two years and besides receiving other perks at the races (no, youll have to join to find out - but I will say that its worth twice the price of membership <g>) you get their official newsletter that really keeps you up to date on the happenings of the air racing circuit. More information about this group and membership can be had at:
I encourage all to at least consider joining this worthwhile organization. You wont regret it!
I hate to say it right now, but this will be the last article I write as the Races are less than 2 weeks away. During and after the races - be sure to visit the site often as day to day race coverage will be posted. For now, all I can seem to hear is those infamous words:
"Gentleman, you have a race"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cya in the pits,
** note: This aircraft was sold to Paul Morgan in England and will NOT race this year. This aircraft was obviously entered prior to the sale.
*** Feature on this very special "Mustang"
**** Read Mark's interview with Vlado