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World Class Championship - Day Five Report

Thursday, 25 June, looked like it was going to be a real challenge as the Southwest Monsoon has appeared to have arrived, three weeks early.  Mitch Hudson scrambled, along with his task team, to try and come up with a challenging assignment.  All six PW-5s reported to the grid and a very efficient launch took place.  It was apparent very early that conditions were not optimum. Even though the sniffer was able to take hold, the racers had to work hard to initially stay up (one aircraft had to take a relight).  The task was a Moriarty to Corona, to the intersection of I-80 and Hiway 84, and back to Moriarty.


All six racers were able to complete the task with Bill Snead (6W) at 55.66 mph for 175.82 miles.  Patrick Tuckey (4K) took second and John Savage ((4JS) filed in the third spot.


Following the days race, the evening was spent in fellowship at Tim and Mary Hawkins’ (Albuquerque Soaring Club members) hangar where a steak dinner was served along with beer form the local Rio Grande Micro Brewery.  Supplying the entertainment were the Sons of the Rio Grande, an authentic Western band that played a combination of old and new western melodies.  (“Sons” groupies, and 1-26, racers Pete and Judy Vredenberg were present in authentic western garb to add a little color to the event. When not flying, Pete and Judy are members of the Single Action Shooting Society where they are known as Tijeras Pete and Granny Get Your gun.)  Many of the contestants chose this time to “trip the light fantastic” and do a little dancing. The “Sons” were to play for two hours, but the group was having such a good time (both the racers and the band) that they played an extra half hour. 


During one of the breaks, the Contest Director gave the first place finishers, from the first three days, awards for their racing prowess (Francois Pin-day one, Pat Tuckey-day two, and Bill Snead-day three).  The feedback from the contestants was excitement for the tasks ahead. Even though the day was not optimum, due to weather, the forecast is for strong racing conditions to return. Only time will tell.

Posted: 6/25/2009


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