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    Default 2018 Sport Gold Synopsis

    Thought I would do this a little earlier this year to liven up the site... Will update this as I find out more and we get closer. Hope you enjoy!

    This time I'm going to only include the planes I 'think' have the capability of winning or finishing in top 3. It will be a little different than last years because some fast planes will undoubtedly be left out, they just don't have the chance to win. Some of these are copy/pasted from last years report with some word changes for simplicity.

    A full and unbiased report of all the Sport Gold hot-shots for Reno 2018!

    (By Race #)...

    #3 (N400MC) ~Glasair III~ "Havoc": Starting off with a bit of a secret project which hasn't been publicized too much. The pilot: Sean Van Hatten. The plane: Super Glasair III. Sean picked up N400MC after she had an unfortunate off-field landing in 2014. The plane is listed as 'TT', meaning 'twin-turbo', and I imagine that will be the case when she's done being fixed up and ready. Sean is aiming for the top spot. He's repairing the plane to be a top Gold contender no questions asked. I think the question for now is, will Race #3 be ready in time? She still has some work to be done!

    #6 (N726DW) ~Lancair Legacy~ "Lucky Too": Always one of my personal favorites because Vicky is an incredible pilot and AeroChia Super Legacy's are my favorite in the sport class. Last year she did a hell of a job in Race #6. She smoked the pylons in qualifying at 377 securing 2nd place behind Race #39. After a first very successful Heat 1A, Vicky DNS for Heat 2A putting her in the back of the pack in Saturday's Heat 3A. She worked her way back up to secure 3rd behind Race #30, and then secured 2nd in the Gold race after Race #30 maydayed. 2nd place in Race #6's first time at the hands of Vicky??? It's a fast bird!

    #7 (N70GG) ~Lancair Legacy~ "Neverbird": This is assumed to be Ogg's new Lancair Legacy, seen in this video. It sounds very menacing and I'm curious how much 'race stuff' it has on!

    #8 (N5S) ~Lancair Legacy~ "Race 8": David Sterling's Super Legacy is just about as close as you can get to Dreadnought or Czech Mate in the Unlimited field. Race 8 shows up, puts down impressive speeds, but can't secure the first place trophy. Race 8 has had her share of podium finishes, and also her share of mayday's. David is always ready to take the Gold away from anyone who mayday's, and secured another 3rd place in 2017 with this same strategy. We shall see if Race 8 has any more race preparations done for 2018, but for now expect similar speeds out of this gorgeous Super Legacy.

    #24 (N430R) ~Glasair III~ "Race 24": I know nothing about this plane other than it was at PRS and it looks FAST. It's a Glasair III.

    #28 (?) ~Lancair Legacy~ "Coming In Hot": There are some rumors floating around that Pete Zaccagnino may finally have a Super Legacy capable of winning the Gold. Some of his team members have stated that they are hoping Pete will win both the Jet & Sport gold so this would hold true. I don't know the identity of the plane, but assume it will take on #28 as his stock Legacy has the past few years.

    #30: (N115YP) ~Lancair Legacy~ "One Moment": This is where it starts to get interesting!!! One Moment has already had plenty of mods done to her up to this point since Reno 2017. The flap hinges have been cleaned up (more-so removed), the whole underside of the plane has been re-smoothed and re-painted, the new engine has arrived... etc.! I doubt this is the end of mods that will happen as well. I spoke with Andy after the race last year and he said the mayday was unnecessary and precautionary and he was ready to win that race. With an even more refined airframe will Andy be able to finally put One Moment in the top spot?
    *Update* One Moment's paint is finished according to Andrew. Hoping for the reveal soon!

    #39 (N123AJ) ~Glasair III~ "Race 39": No need for an introduction. Year after year, Jeff LaVelle's Super Glasair III is the plane to beat. Look for 400+ speeds as always, and a guaranteed podium finish if it holds up until Sunday.

    #44: (N23LF) ~Lancair Legacy~ "Miss Karen II": I forgot to mention MK2 in the initial posting, but word has it that she will be back this year! Having a soft spot for AeroChia Super Legacy's this is great to hear. Elliot Seguin took the reigns of her over the winter and did some "speed mods". Last I heard was that MK2 and Race 33 both needed some work done to make them safe and competitive as ever so let's hope Race 44 is ready to show her true colors this year. Both Race 6 and Race 33 have shown what Chia Legacy's can do the past 2 years and I'm hoping that Race 44 can carry on the tradition!
    *Update* MK2 just arrived by trailer at Andy Chiavetta's AeroChia hangar in Santa Paula. Time for some Chia magic!

    #47: (N477CM) ~Glasair III~ "Mojo": Although I don't see Race #47 as a true competitor, she has always been close to the front and can't be counted out, especially if there are some off-season mods in the works. We shall see what Bob Mills has to offer with this pretty Super Glasair III in 2018.

    #181: (N181KG) ~Lancair Legacy~ "GA1": This is the Super Legacy I am looking forward to the most! Reno 2018 was looking dim as Karl needed to attend PRS and PRS was unlikely. Well as we all know PRS is going to happen and Karl has his intentions to attend! This plane was built ground up to win at Reno. This is the first Super Legacy I know of that has been built from scratch to be a Reno racer and has also implemented a handful of new ideas (engine, prop, ADI system)... It will be fast if all the bugs are worked out. Race #181 SHOULD be faster than any other Super Legacy out there. I AM EXCITED!!! Karl did take her to PRS and was happy with how she performed!

    That leaves us with 7 Super Legacy's & 4 Super Glasair III's!!! This WILL be the year of competition. I promise it. I hope all make it to Stead and stay hungry until Sunday. As already said, I will update this as more information comes available.
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    Awesome synopsis! Thank you for sharing all of the information!!!

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    Thanks a lot for this list of information

    Any news about #33 and #44?
    #44 is listed for sale on barnstormers but I don´t know how serious this is. Sometimes you see race planes for sale for a very long time.

    Regards Franz

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    Work on #30 continues daily. Pictures of the new induction system shared on the fb page. Last year's induction mod cut roughly half the length and bend angles between the turbos and the intake. This year we cut it(literally) in half again.

    As for #33, Stevo took it up last year and the engine blew while still in the pattern. #44 was found to have the same issue.

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    Updates in BOLD!
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    Another Sport gold racer in the works is Race #3, Sean Vanhattan's Super Glassair project/restoration. Havoc Air Racing is the name of the facebook page. At this point I guess it won't make Reno though (I saw somewhere that applications were due).

    Edit:
    47 has a new glass panel with an undisclosed amount of weight saved.

    It's also official that 30 is doing away with the wrap and getting painted with a new scheme. I expect the wrap and paint to be similar in weight (both sides claim to be lighter so someone's not being completely truthful), but we weren't able to wax the wrap. And last year was the 3rd year of the same wrap, and with all the holes and rough patches the wrap was contributing a good bit of drag. So the paint should be a net gain.
    Last edited by CubersWrist; 06-20-2018 at 07:35 PM.

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    Race 42 didn't submit paper work for racing. Race 33 is still without an engine.
    Last edited by georgiacub; 06-20-2018 at 12:48 PM.

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    This just in... From Kevin "39 will once again rain supreme, Relentless is standing down to finish her complete rebuild. Enjoy Jeff, 2019 will be little different."

    So, no Relentless this year.

    Will

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    Updated as I've been fortunate to have a glimpse at some entries. Everyone on this list should be participating. This should also be the Gold unless there are any surprises. No N#'s or owner names listed with the entries so it's a guessing game for now.
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    Bob Mills’ fb update on Race #151 Class Thunder.
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