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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    In my nearly 40 years of air racing, Kerch stood out as the most talented and friendly person I knew. When Dago wound down, he alone arranged for the fan group I was in to receive real team jackets with out names and "Dago Dogs" on them. Mine is my most prized possession. He always had time to talk and laugh with anyone who approached him. To call him a "special" person is a monumental understatement.
    Our world is a much diminished place without him in it.
    God bless you Kerch, from all of us to whom you meant so much!

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by kenf View Post
    In my nearly 40 years of air racing, Kerch stood out as the most talented and friendly person I knew. When Dago wound down, he alone arranged for the fan group I was in to receive real team jackets with out names and "Dago Dogs" on them. Mine is my most prized possession. He always had time to talk and laugh with anyone who approached him. To call him a "special" person is a monumental understatement.
    Our world is a much diminished place without him in it.
    God bless you Kerch, from all of us to whom you meant so much!
    This should say "with our names" not "with out names".

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    Was an honor to get to know the man...It will always be one of my life's best memories
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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Anyone with candid photos of Kerch are encouraged to submit them to Tom Smothermon for possible inclusion in a slide show for the memorial. Send them to: tomsmothermon (at) gmail.com. Files should be high quality (1024 x 768 or greater and approximately 1-2mb in size is sufficient).

    We're also putting together a video comprised of moments from Kerch's life. Thus, I am looking for video clips of Kerch at Reno, in the hangar, at work, working on racers, etc that celebrate his life. Send me a private message if you have anything to contribute.

    Note: We're especially looking for any pre-Strega day videos (Crocker, Sherm Cooper, Greenamer.etc)

    Thanks!

    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    1968-69 Conquest I -- 3km speed record

    1969 Bud Fountain Bearcat

    1970-71 Miss Merced -- 1970 California 1000, 1971 United States Cup

    1973 Oogahonk Special

    1974 Tipsy Miss

    1976-85 Sumthin' Else -- 1979 Reno

    1986-97 Strega -- 1987 Reno, 1990 Denver, 1992 Denver, 1992 Reno, 1993 Reno, 1993 Kansas City, 1995 Reno, 1996 Reno, 1997 Reno

    1998-04 Dago Red -- 1998 Reno, 1999 Reno, 2000 Reno, 2002 Reno, 2003 Reno

    2004-08 September Fury -- 2006 Reno

    2009-15 Voodoo -- 2013 Reno, 2014 Reno
    Hey big jim,
    I am working on a presentation for Bill's Celebration of Life. You mentioned 2 planes here that I need more info on " Tipsy Miss" and "Oogahonk Special" can you enlighten me?
    Thanks Kelly

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitgirl View Post
    Hey big jim,
    I am working on a presentation for Bill's Celebration of Life. You mentioned 2 planes here that I need more info on " Tipsy Miss" and "Oogahonk Special" can you enlighten me?
    Thanks Kelly
    The Oogahonk Special was a P-51 owned by Jerry Brassfield and flown by Bob Love. Race 97. Clipped wings, racing canopy. Silver with black trim. Dwight Thorn was the engine builder/crew chief on it, and invited Kerch to work on it with him for the 1973 races at Reno and Mojave. I think this was the first pairing of the dynamic duo.

    Tipsy Miss was a P-63 King Cobra owned by Jack Sandberg and flown by Lefty Gardner. Race 28. International orange with white letters and numbers. Clipped wings and an alcohol-burning engine (hence the name). Kerch moved back to Minneapolis to work on the plane, and helped experiment with turbocharging the Allison. He only spent one season with Sandberg (Reno and Mojave '74), and then quit. Sandberg was a tinkerer and for a guy like Kerch who was rigid and structured, that constant tinkering was too much.
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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    The Oogahonk Special was a P-51 owned by Jerry Brassfield and flown by Bob Love. Race 97. Clipped wings, racing canopy. Silver with black trim. Dwight Thorn was the engine builder/crew chief on it, and invited Kerch to work on it with him for the 1973 races at Reno and Mojave. I think this was the first pairing of the dynamic duo.

    Tipsy Miss was a P-63 King Cobra owned by Jack Sandberg and flown by Lefty Gardner. Race 28. International orange with white letters and numbers. Clipped wings and an alcohol-burning engine (hence the name). Kerch moved back to Minneapolis to work on the plane, and helped experiment with turbocharging the Allison. He only spent one season with Sandberg (Reno and Mojave '74), and then quit. Sandberg was a tinkerer and for a guy like Kerch who was rigid and structured, that constant tinkering was too much.

    Thank you so much! Be good to yourself!

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mluvara View Post
    We're also putting together a video comprised of moments from Kerch's life. Thus, I am looking for video clips of Kerch at Reno, in the hangar, at work, working on racers, etc that celebrate his life.
    I hope this will be posted at some point? For those of us who can't be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel View Post
    I hope this will be posted at some point? For those of us who can't be there.
    Will see. Have to work with those submitting videos for permission.

    Michael

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    Default Re: Blue skies, Kerch!

    Just a reminder that RSVP's for Kerch's Memorial "Last Crew Meeting" are requested by Nov 28th for planning purposes. Lunch will be served, so we need to have an accurate head count by Nov 28th. Thanks! RSVP here: http://www.goo.gl/RuUDQ5

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