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Thread: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

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    VooDoo had drastic changes done to the wing that may preclude her racing at NCAR. I think her NCAR days are behind her and another 3k record try is in the future should a sponsor step up with the $.
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    Quote Originally Posted by planecrazy2 View Post
    VooDoo had drastic changes done to the wing that may preclude her racing at NCAR. I think her NCAR days are behind her and another 3k record try is in the future should a sponsor step up with the $.
    You do realize Voodoo raced last year with those wing mods and went faster than it ever has in a Gold final, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race5 View Post
    You do realize Voodoo raced last year with those wing mods and went faster than it ever has in a Gold final, right?
    Andddd the engine was thrashed.... it was noticeable that Strega glided around the pylons easier but Voodoo’s wing didn’t seem to hurt the top end..

    *Also keep in mind that 480 is fast as is, but that’s around 490+ on the old timing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Andddd the engine was thrashed.... it was noticeable that Strega glided around the pylons easier but Voodoo’s wing didn’t seem to hurt the top end..

    *Also keep in mind that 480 is fast as is, but that’s around 490+ on the old timing...
    Now why would Voodoo's wing affect the top end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Now why would Voodoo's wing affect the top end?
    Meant top end around pylons (circle rather than straight line top end)
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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    My perspective of the Unlimited Warbird class is that Strega, VooDoo and the Bear have proven they are winners and are so above the baseline capabilities of the rest of the competitors that at this point the risk-reward to fly at the NCAR is gone. The owner’s passion has waned to prove once again they are capable of winning. Add the lack of a reasonable purse and the huge buckets of money needed to field a competitive team and that about puts the nail in their main gear.

    After reading Scotty G.’s excellent profile of Voodoo’s team effort at the 3k record, I really believe that the bird will be well maintained by PoF and that Stevo has his eyes on smashing the current record by a healthy margin in the near future.

    As for the Bear and Strega, the only realistic way they enter the fray in the future will be through new ownership.

    Sorry to be such a buzzkill, GRNDP51. I admire your youthful enthusiasm and wish 250,000 more folks your age were as pumped-up about air racing as you are.
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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Andddd the engine was thrashed.... it was noticeable that Strega glided around the pylons easier but Voodoo’s wing didn’t seem to hurt the top end..

    *Also keep in mind that 480 is fast as is, but that’s around 490+ on the old timing...
    Um, no. The engine was fine, Strega's engine was thrashed. Voodoo's carb had issues, but the engine was fine. I'm pretty sure they flew it to Chino on the race engine. Strega on the other hand stayed the winter in Reno if I'm not mistaken.

    Had Voodoo not had the carb issue, Strega would have popped before the finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    Um, no. The engine was fine, Strega's engine was thrashed. Voodoo's carb had issues, but the engine was fine. I'm pretty sure they flew it to Chino on the race engine. Strega on the other hand stayed the winter in Reno if I'm not mistaken.

    Had Voodoo not had the carb issue, Strega would have popped before the finish.

    Will
    "Strega would have popped before the finish."? Can you elaborate on this conclusion.

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    Sounds like we need another showdown!

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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reever View Post
    "Strega would have popped before the finish."? Can you elaborate on this conclusion.
    One of the crew chiefs told me the next day "If that race was one lap longer, Dreadnaught would have won."

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