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    Default The 2020 Unlimited Class Rumor Thread!

    I'm sure most of us are already starting to hear rumblings of a really impressive 2020 Unlimited Class. Rumors are rumors, but it's better to hear talk of them than nothing at all. Here's what I've heard...

    From the Unlimited president himself, CAF is supposedly allowing their planes to race next year. This could mean the Bearcat and hopefully the Griffon Spitfire. I think it's also important to note that Craig Hutain was certified at PRS in 2018. Possible P-63F racing?... Wouldn't that be something.

    Attack of the Yak's is already underway. Dusty plans on bringing Lylia back faster than ever, Full Noise has some ideas, Olivier Langeard plans on bringing his R-2000 Yak, and Steadfast and Czech Mate are possible outliers.

    We all know Vicky plans on bringing Race 64.

    Crusader and On Eagle's Wings should be making their return next year as well...

    I think it's also safe to say a majority of this year's racers will be racing next year. The exceptions could be Wee Willy II, and the Palm Springs gang. I know a lot of the reason to race was to honor Bob Friend. This year was the "remembering" year, and that may be the swan song for them. I really hope not!

    Miss America is a 50/50 after Sunday. They do want to try again, but it might be too much of a task with the torn up engine they have now...

    And maybe, just MAYBE, now that Sawbones lost the canopy it's time to put on Riff Raff's...

    I'm not gonna start to say anything about Strega, Voodoo, and Rare Bear. There's nothing solid enough to make any assumptions just yet.

    Could we have 20+ Unlimited racers next year?? I think the off season should be pretty fun until then!
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    The off season will be fun if the teams [trash] talk a bit more. So we should be encouraging them to post as much as possible. That's what made Precious Metal an easy fan favorite, because they would -you know- actually interact with their fans.
    "young" Thomas

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    The fact that 300 MPH was a podium finish in the championship race should inspire others!
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    Almost a year ago Team Strega was posting 'hints' that they were coming this year....and then didn't.

    I would post pictures, but I'm not allowed to by the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Moer View Post
    Almost a year ago Team Strega was posting 'hints' that they were coming this year....and then didn't.

    I would post pictures, but I'm not allowed to by the site.
    Hummm…. I looked at your membership and don't see why it would not.... I changed you to "senior" member, which allows more photos to be uploaded... if you'd exceeded the previously set quota for registered_member which you were before... this should fix... if not, PM me let's figtger it out..
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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    Hummm…. I looked at your membership and don't see why it would not.... I changed you to "senior" member, which allows more photos to be uploaded... if you'd exceeded the previously set quota for registered_member which you were before... this should fix... if not, PM me let's figtger it out..
    This is what I was talking about
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    hey it worked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubersWrist View Post
    The off season will be fun if the teams [trash] talk a bit more. So we should be encouraging them to post as much as possible. That's what made Precious Metal an easy fan favorite, because they would -you know- actually interact with their fans.
    Speaking of Precious Metal, what is the latest word? Didn't see or hear anything from Thom during Reno? Was he there? Racing F1? Thought I read something about not being able to bring the P-40??? What's the scoop with Warbird Adventures? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marada mx3 View Post
    Speaking of Precious Metal, what is the latest word? Didn't see or hear anything from Thom during Reno? Was he there? Racing F1? Thought I read something about not being able to bring the P-40??? What's the scoop with Warbird Adventures? Thanks.
    Thom was not at Reno, his F1 is still not fixed from the accident and he isn't racing anyone else's at the moment. He couldn't bring the P-40 because of insurance requirements so it spent Reno weekend being worked on in Florida to get re-ready to finish up the airshow season. I have no idea what the plan is for PM. The strakes are on Miss A, and the short ailerons are on Goldfinger. Not a good sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Thom was not at Reno, his F1 is still not fixed from the accident and he isn't racing anyone else's at the moment. He couldn't bring the P-40 because of insurance requirements so it spent Reno weekend being worked on in Florida to get re-ready to finish up the airshow season. I have no idea what the plan is for PM. The strakes are on Miss A, and the short ailerons are on Goldfinger. Not a good sign.
    An explanation of "strakes" and "short ailerons" please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMS View Post
    An explanation of "strakes" and "short ailerons" please.
    The strakes are the extended wing root fairings that Miss America had installed this year. Used to be on Ridge Runner III, then on Precious Metal. It's the elongated "strakes" on the fuselage just behind the wing. The short ailerons are the ailerons that Precious Metal had on it because of the wing clip at the production break. Goldfinger has the same size wings which use those short ailerons. Instead of making new ones they used Precious Metal's.
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