I always look forward to the events at Ocala. Having now been in this hobby since 1943 I can say with some authority about flying fields and clubs. Ocala is a top rank club and has the premier flying facility. Now having said that I can skip my usual comments about the weather, yes we had some. I was able to this time have time to wander about and look at not only the big planes ( sport 240/300) but also the little fellows called sport 40's. Wow they all look alike except for some color here and there. Found out the price of them and then said "self you pay almost that for a lightened balanced spinner".
I was totally impressed by two of the sport 300 planes. White lighting by Rodger Laudati was a rebuild and he did a outstanding job on it. One would ever know it was a crash rebuild. Rodgers many years of building show in this plane. The other was the Pink Panther, by Bill Barlow. Now here the pride of workmanship was most apparent. Every piece of balas fit as if it was done by a surgeon. The covering was perfect and each area showed me that he is a modeler and a darn good competitor as well.
I think that Joe Anderson did a darn good job of flying in his first ever sport 240 event.
Joe had carb problems and that put him out for the day.
Me ? Well if it was not for bad luck, I don't think I would have any luck at all. I knew going into this race I was pushed for time and wore my self out getting ready Never go to a race when you are not only physically wore out but mentally as well> I had to do the test hop at the race. I also became totally aware of what I knew but refused to act on it. I need a hearing aid more than I do new high dollar servos. No I can only get some of the words my caller tells me even the count down I miss some of the numbers. I thought that he said you can land now but there is a plane on the runway, but you will be all right" Nope he was telling me that indeed there was on the runway but I WONT be all right unless I add left rudder. OK next step is a hearing aid and perhaps new glasses so I can see them damm poles.
Results Yep Paul Towkach got the perfect score of 22 again.
GOLD CLASS BLUE CLASS
1st place Paul Towkach 1st Place Rodger Laudati
2nd place Bill Barlow
3rd Place Dom Di Dominica
All Points are up dated and on the Pilot point / data page