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    Good morning everyone! I recently was browsing the old thread here on John Crocker, and I could not remember for the life of me who won in 1976 when he made all the cuts. Anyway it got me to thinking about the history of the Unlimited Gold Winners and the fact that it's not real easy to find a concise list of all the winners. So I just typed up this PDF this morning -I am not sure I have 1972-1976 correct, and I think I have all the names spelled correctly. Please help me with any corrections that need to be made! Thanks!

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    2004 does not look right. Great list though. That was my first year and it was cold and snowed on Sunday. A P-51 did finish first however he was not declared the winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eldon2101 View Post
    2004 does not look right. Great list though
    Whoops, yeah Rare Bear is not a P-51! Haha... I went one too far with the P-51 filling in the column. thank you!
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    Good-start,

    A few things.

    1964 - Yes Mira Slovak and #80 'Smirnoff' technically 'won', but that was only because of accrued points. And if your list is for 'Gold' (Championship) race winners on Sunday, the list would start with #8 'Bardahl Special' Bob Loves P-51.

    Love was top qualifier, and had won his two heats, however in the first heat was dropped to 3rd for pylon cuts. This is what cost him overall in the 'points'. The race on Sunday was clean, and Bob was first.

    2011 - Yes Strega is on the records as winner. But nobody won in 2011. I believe Stevo and Crew don't even claim '11 as a win. (and for the record, '10 and '12 are painted on he aircraft, '11 isn't)

    - Joseph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idaho_cowpony View Post
    Good-start,

    A few things.

    1964 - Yes Mira Slovak and #80 'Smirnoff' technically 'won', but that was only because of accrued points. And if your list is for 'Gold' (Championship) race winners on Sunday, the list would start with #8 'Bardahl Special' Bob Loves P-51.

    Love was top qualifier, and had won his two heats, however in the first heat was dropped to 3rd for pylon cuts. This is what cost him overall in the 'points'. The race on Sunday was clean, and Bob was first.

    2011 - Yes Strega is on the records as winner. But nobody won in 2011. I believe Stevo and Crew don't even claim '11 as a win. (and for the record, '10 and '12 are painted on he aircraft, '11 isn't)

    - Joseph
    Thanks Joseph,

    I should have mentioned in my first post that I plan to add some footnotes to the list, which would include both of the anomalies you brought up.

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    I fixed a couple of mistakes and got all the average speeds added in.
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    According to Reed Kinerts book titled "Racing Planes & Air Races" he listed Bob Love as being #1 in 1964. ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    According to Reed Kinerts book titled "Racing Planes & Air Races" he listed Bob Love as being #1 in 1964. ???
    Bob Love finished first on Sunday, but he had pylon cuts on Saturday where Mira Slovak had clean races both days and won on points...

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    Okay guys, a little perspective is needed here. Bill Stead was a hydroplane racer. When he started the races up in 1964, all the people who were involved in running the races were boat racers too...in fact the majority of them had been the people who put on the hydroplane races on Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead in the 1960's.

    At that time, the boat racers had heat races where they accumulated points based on finishing position. The top six boats made the final heat, and even though it was a 'final heat' the overall 'race' winner was based on TOTAL accumulated points.

    The first Reno race was run using the hydroplane points system because it was a system that everyone who was running the race was familiar with. As has been pointed out, Bob Love in the Bardahl Special finished first in the 'Final Heat', but Slovak in the Smirnoff Bearcat had accumulated more total points and was the 'race' winner. I don't care who says what...the winner of the RACE was Slovak.

    Even though this would not have phased hydroplane fans who were familiar with the scoring system, a lot of the fans at Sky Ranch were confused. So for 1965 they went to a winner-take-all format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Okay guys, a little perspective is needed here. Bill Stead was a hydroplane racer. When he started the races up in 1964, all the people who were involved in running the races were boat racers too...in fact the majority of them had been the people who put on the hydroplane races on Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead in the 1960's.

    At that time, the boat racers had heat races where they accumulated points based on finishing position. The top six boats made the final heat, and even though it was a 'final heat' the overall 'race' winner was based on TOTAL accumulated points.

    The first Reno race was run using the hydroplane points system because it was a system that everyone who was running the race was familiar with. As has been pointed out, Bob Love in the Bardahl Special finished first in the 'Final Heat', but Slovak in the Smirnoff Bearcat had accumulated more total points and was the 'race' winner. I don't care who says what...the winner of the RACE was Slovak.

    Even though this would not have phased hydroplane fans who were familiar with the scoring system, a lot of the fans at Sky Ranch were confused. So for 1965 they went to a winner-take-all format.

    Thanks for the insight Brad!

    Does my list look okay to you?

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