The Way we were - Pylon Nostalgia - Page 8 - RC Groups
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Dec 09, 2012, 08:17 PM
EF1 Pylon AMA1150
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Great racing days, I remember this race well.
It was at Rancho California, the only time we raced there.
My good friend Phil Brietling, Larry Stotts' uncle, was building Cosmic Winds for Terry then and he managed to get a ride in the P51 - he was ecstatic and talked about it often.

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Dec 13, 2012, 03:26 PM
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Glenview NAS 1970

This is the start of the fly-off for first place in Formula I at the 1970 Nats. It still stands out as a magical moment for me, especially seeing the smiles on everyone's faces. Bob Smith is about to start his laminar wing Minnow, with Jeff Bertken holding. Unfortunately, I can't remember the names of the SOB's (Sons of Brooklyn) that he was racing. but I'm sure they still remember this race well, which was very close. This was Bob's first National Championship. That is Larry Leonard in the green shirt on the right.
Dec 21, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Nats 1970

Why was the posts of this thread deleted,was very interesting!!!
Dec 21, 2012, 08:53 AM
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Found in another webb site
Jan 20, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Calgary 1986... or so

Just found a couple photos that I never new existed until recently, probably my last or near last F1 racer. This is a Lil Toni pulled from my own mold, copy of a Prather Toni, with an OS VRP, probably about 1986. I quit F1 shortly after since I had a young family was working on my pilots licence and F1 was a tough go (time consuming).

Racing in those days as I recall probably cost about the same as today (in today's dollars). Plus fuel was 60-70% Nitro, a new plug every race and a new hand carved (time consuming) prop every time you nozed over.

I had some local success with the OS VRP especially once I ducted the rear venturi into the cheek cowl and made some engine changes, seemed to make it breathe better. However these engines would not hold together and con-rod failures and rear disc failures were common. I even built a mold for a composite wing at the time although I only pulled one wing that was not structurally sound ... sold the mold not sure where it ended up.

The Shadel Tigre was the engine to have if you could afford it, I believe Nelson engines came in later but not sure when, since I got out.

I restarted racing in 2006; Q40 is a lot easier as well cheaper with better equipment, I am now enjoying racing again. The biggest problem I have with racing is once you start other forms of RC do not have any appeal.
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Mar 25, 2013, 10:02 PM
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well this post was starting to fizzle.. so i went into the archieves of our family photos and dug out some for you guys to enjoy.... Most are of my dad and his early years of racing... a few over the rest of the years until my first F1....
Mar 25, 2013, 10:07 PM
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The early Days... TC was my dads long time caller and friend....
rest in peace Terry (TC)
Mar 25, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Dads Only El Bandito... He remembers a glass fuse but not who made the kit....Does anyone know where i can get 3 views of the real one, or an image of the plans....Im gonna post this on other forums as well.....
Mar 25, 2013, 10:35 PM
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Wonder why my love for Pylon started?... I lived and breathed this event my whole life.... Dads Wing man for years!... i would time every one of his races, and clean em' up after each race until i started racing...
Mar 25, 2013, 10:42 PM
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1983 AMA nationals
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Mar 26, 2013, 10:25 AM
Electrif(r)ied nitroman
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El Bandito

El Bandito 3 view and link:
Mar 26, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by danny.act
Thank you!! kinda looks like a modified shoestring

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