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    Yes, Roto Finish Special, the Gold champion in 1972, Gunther Balz. Breaking the long standing Conquest streak!



    - Joseph

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    Just a little cleanup -- shows details a bit better...
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    Thanks

    Which filters work best for that?


    It was a 1200 dpi scan, of a little photo which is about 3/4" by 1".

    Then I had to shrink it ti about 12% for upload.

    Any ideas?

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    This thread kicksass.

    Thanks for sharing these.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    That bit of playing with that shot was done in Photoshop, so what I did will not transfer well to other editing programs. Scanning such a tiny print is almost impossible to do well. I'm enjoying this thread no matter how they look...

    Neal

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    Thanks Neil! Always really respect your work!

    Dug up a few odd-ball mustang shots. Curious colors, and interesting times...









    And the bonus '72 shot...


    - Joseph
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    Thank you Joseph for sharing your Dad's archives. I am feeling a huge loss.. I knew your dad.. I watched you growing up "underfoot" over a decade ago... (I know, I was a "don't touch my computer"... AA..hole... in those early days in the AAR hangar... ) eet was my job maan....

    Joseph, I knew Lowell had a passion for this sport but I never realized the depth of his knowledge and historic contribuition recording the images of what once was..

    Thank you again for sharing!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Wayne,

    Gee..thanks for the kind words. It's been tough, because whenever I have a question, or want to just talk air racing, as we would weekly, I can't do that anymore! So I miss him. But sure do enjoy the peace in knowing that he's in the skies of heaven today!

    Only touching the surface of the archives.. Literally going to be a WIP for some time to come. We have boxes of 35mm that hasn't even been developed, some probably going back to the 70's, I don't know? Many slides as well. Will get them out of storage next month.

    He collected magazines as well, particularly anything to do with Reno, and especially anything '71-73 era, since the '72 races were his first year. I found an 'Air Progress' article on 'Mr. Mennen', dated October, however written before the races that year! Slovak states that the aircraft would be fast enough aerodynamically, combined with the quoted "2,100hp" Allison, to go for 500... Of course, the crack-down on rules in '72 kept us from ever learning what she would do... Lots of crack-down that year, that's also highlighted in another article, which discusses Greenameyer, and his replacement pilot, of course, Laidley would not only be beaten to the checkers by Balz, but also suffer infraction for flying too low, reducing him and Conquest 1 to last place of the Gold.

    Going to dig up the racing Cobras box one of these days... Particularly interesting to me, and Dad, because his father (my Grandfather) was friends with C. Tucker, and helped him clip the wings on one of his '63's. Wish I had those tips! Could mount them on a small aircraft and pass 'em off as wings!

    - Joseph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idaho_cowpony View Post
    I found an 'Air Progress' article on 'Mr. Mennen', dated October, however written before the races that year! Slovak states that the aircraft would be fast enough aerodynamically, combined with the quoted "2,100hp" Allison, to go for 500... Of course, the crack-down on rules in '72 kept us from ever learning what she would do...
    Doug Fisher did an interesting article on Cobra III last year for Challenge Publications. Part of that was an extensive interview with Slovak on his testing of Mr. Mennen (40 years after the fact). And the truth was that there was no way Mr. Mennen would have approached that speed. First off, the wing of the P-39 is not a high-speed wing. But as far as race mods, initially they had a big 4 bladed paddle prop. Slovak could hardly keep the airplane going in a straight line with that, and couldn't even come close to anything resembling race power. So then they switched to a three bladed hub with the paddle blades. Same result. After two plus years of testing, they finally had to give up and go to a stock narrow blade configuration....and it certainly wouldn't approach 500 like that.

    What it really did was shine a light on what guys like Tex Johnson, Jay Demming, and Chuck Brown were able to do with Cobra II in the Cleveland days, and shows just how out of their league Mike Carroll was trying to control the rebuilt Cobra III with the big four blade prop AND clipped wings. Slovak is a pretty good stick and rudder pilot, so if he was (his own words) afraid to fly Mr. Mennen in race configuration, it was just bordering on dangerous. He made the right decision to not attempt to race it anymore.

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    Correct you are Jim..

    That was an excellent article. Have read it several times. Why Mike was convinced that he needed to fly that first hop is beyond me, but tragic. At least Slovak's decision not to cut the wings was a good one... probably saved him.

    Why didn't these guys learn from the King Cobra?? Length...Height.... If they wanted to run more power and more prop, why not begin with the obvious? Isn't this the first thing Greenameyer learned with #33??

    Regardless of how fast it could have gone, let's remember that in 72', about four and a quarter is all you needed for a lap speed...

    Mira's all-around bad luck, bad press, and political troubles with Reno '72 is what killed 'Mr. Mennen', not it's capability as a racer.. I believe had '72 simply been a learning experience, and he had been allowed to attempt to qualify (as most every Unlimited pilot hoped he would), that we would have seen him back to Reno again, and potentially even front-runner, even if by default. Remember some of the poky first place gold's in the mid seventies due to the big dogs breaking? Maybe Mennen would have a Gold...

    It's one of the great 'could have been' stories of the races. I would put Dilley in that category as well.

    - Joseph

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