Sport Class “Next Generation Air Racing” Added to Las Cruces NM Air & Space Expo October 21, 2023
Sport Class Air Racing
by James Stringer
11M ago
The City of Las Cruces and its growing airport are proud to host the Air & Space Expo Saturday October 21, 2023 for its citizens and all aviation enthusiasts. This year will include a full afternoon of thrilling airshow acts, exhibits, static displays, military tributes and now a demonstration of the world’s fastest motorsport – – pylon air racing. The Las Cruces Airport will be the venue and our City will roll out the hospitality and aviation experiences for this annual event. The Sport Air Racing Council (“SARC”), a subsidiary of Sport Class Air Racing Association (“Sport Class”), recent ..read more
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Sport Class “Next Generation Air Racing” Takes Flight at Madras Oregon Airshow of the Cascades
Sport Class Air Racing
by James Stringer
11M ago
At the Central Oregon Airshow of the Cascades in Madras, Oregon this past weekend, the Sport Air Racing Council (“SARC”), a subsidiary of Sport Class Air Racing Association (“Sport Class”), earned FAA accreditation as an Air Race Organization (“ARO”). SARC President Bill Beaton said “we are pleased to be recognized by the FAA as an ARO, which allows us to conduct single-class air racing events on approved race courses at select new venues”. He added, “it is an important development in the sport of Air Racing, that supports a path of smaller races that generate knowledge of, and excitement abou ..read more
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Aviation Heritage Spirits
Sport Class Air Racing
by Tom McNerney
1y ago
Aviation Heritage Spirits Commemorate Your Legacy at the National Championship Air Races Special Tribute Spirits is offering a unique opportunity to commemorate this final and historic run of aviation heritage. Through our custom, handmade aviation themed bottles paired with a 12-year-old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, or 5 Year Straight Bourbon you can immortalize your team’s last race at the National Championship Air Races at Reno.  We will help you design a label based on your race team and aircraft, with the option to embed materials from your aircraft to create a truly one ..read more
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RARA’s fundraising campaign to “Save The Races” sets a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of 2020
Sport Class Air Racing
by James Stringer
1y ago
RENO, Nev. (November 13, 2020) – After the heartache of canceling the 2020 National Championship Air Races due to COVID-19, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is determined to bring the world’s fastest motorsport back to the high desert of Northern Nevada in 2021, but it won’t be possible without additional support. RARA, a charitable 501(c)3, is asking for help by launching a fundraising campaign to “Save The Races” with the goal of raising $500,000 by the end of the year. “Canceling was not a decision that was made lightly, and the repercussions have been significant both fiscally and em ..read more
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Relevant – By Peter Zaccagnino
Sport Class Air Racing
by Tom McNerney
1y ago
Check out this new book by one of our own decorated racers, Peter Zaccagnino. You can buy the book on Amazon HERE View the preview HERE The post Relevant – By Peter Zaccagnino appeared first on Sport Class Air Racing ..read more
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2022 Sport Gold Champion – Mathias Haid
Sport Class Air Racing
by Tom McNerney
1y ago
Mathias Haid Wins! Mathias Haid overcame what most people would consider a hard start to a week of racing with a complete engine change.  With poor weather closing in, an engine that wasn’t too happy and the available qualifying days ticking down to zero, Mathias was able to squeeze out a lap to get Sport 51 on the qualifying list at 314.761 mph, in light rain no less.  With a time officially on the board, that gave the dedicated crew some time to figure out what that V12 engine needed.  The highly tuned race motor just wasn’t happy so the Thunder Mustang crew began an en ..read more
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One Step Closer! – National Championship Air Races 2021
Sport Class Air Racing
by James Stringer
1y ago
(Copied from Reno Air Racing Association Press Release) UPDATE! The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today that following the successful “Save The Races” fundraising campaign that ran from Nov. 13–Dec. 31, 2020 the National Championship Air Races will be returning for its 57th year Sept. 15–19, 2021 pending COVID-19 restrictions. “After canceling the 2020 event we found ourselves with a significant financial loss that we knew would be a tremendous challenge to overcome, but with the support of the air racing community, the RARA Board of Directors and STOL pilot Trent Palmer we were ..read more
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2019 Gold Predictions
Sport Class Air Racing
by Tom McNerney
1y ago
The 2019 Sport Gold races are shaping up to be one of the most competitive and fastest groups of pilots and airplanes we have ever had in the class.  The rate at which these teams are developing systems to gain an advantage on their fellow racers is nothing short of amazing.  Our class has always tried to be inclusive of everyone, not exclusive to only those directly involved.  We realized that if you are not out in the hangar everyday trying to develop a new system, you might be somewhat ‘out of the loop’ regarding other teams progress.  This post is an attempt to brief ..read more
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NBC Sports Episode 2 March 25th
Sport Class Air Racing
by Tom McNerney
1y ago
The second of three, one-hour episodes featuring the 2016 STIHL National Championship Air Races will air this Saturday, March 25th at 3pm PT/6pm ET on NBC Sports Network. A preview can be viewed here. “We received tremendous feedback about the first one-hour episode which took us all right back to race week,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “Partnering with STIHL to help get these episodes on the air has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to tune in this Saturday at 3 pm pacific time.” The first one-hour episode, which aired March 11th, can be ..read more
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NCAR 2019 – Sport Class Gold & Silver race starts
Sport Class Air Racing
by James Stringer
1y ago
This video was shot from the L39 pace plane during the start of each of the Silver and Gold class races. It’s not the greatest quality, as it was all shot from Tom’s cell phone sitting on the canopy rail of the L39. However, it gives a sense of how exciting it is coming down the chute in line abreast at race speed just as the race is starting. The post NCAR 2019 – Sport Class Gold & Silver race starts appeared first on Sport Class Air Racing ..read more
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