The Way we were - Pylon Nostalgia
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May 03, 2010
, 05:02 PM
Emperor of Speed!
West Country UK
Joined Jul 2006
More start line action from what may actually be Milan '81 not '80. The first photo shows Lynn Bristow preparing his model which was a Pirahna with an HP40. Caller Paul Careless looks on. In the back ground one of the Italian models is being identified. These were nearly all balsa construction with balsa covered wings then covered in translucent tissue. They were mostly powered by either OPS or Picco engines. Most were flown very enthusiastically and very wildly. The majority ended up in the skip!
Second photo shows Manfred Pick walking round to take hold of Brenner's model prior to the launch. Manfred Pick is the father of German pylon racing. He was a Lufthansa pilot flying 737s and I believe had also flown F104s in the Luftwaffe.
The third photo is of Manfred's model. The nose had a moulded aluminium pan which formed the top of the fuselage/engine mount rather like a control line team racer. OPS engine
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