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Thread: What were the top 15 Best racing years of Reno?

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    Okay, we lost some good stuff, however Wayne was able to get us back to here.

    Proceeding forward Neal is going to start a Before it was Rare Bear thread and throw up some pictures I have been working on answer to..

    Big Jim is going to suggest Alan Preston actually won the Gold race.

    Someone is going to comment on 1994 being their favorite year.

    We are still having fun and that's where we are at. Thank you Wayne.,..no more thread splitting please.
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    Default Re: What were the top 15 Best racing years of Reno?

    Quote Originally Posted by BellCobraIV View Post
    Wayne.,..no more thread splitting please.
    LOL... that was scary! It took forever for the backup to process, I thought we'd lost it again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    LOL... that was scary! It took forever for the backup to process, I thought we'd lost it again!
    Well we can move forward now.
    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellCobraIV View Post

    Big Jim is going to suggest Alan Preston actually won the Gold race.
    Uh, I'm sorry, but Alan Preston DID win the Gold race. Just ask him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Uh, I'm sorry, but Alan Preston DID win the Gold race. Just ask him.
    You know someone else came on here before the thread got lost and came back incomplete that said 1994 was his favorite year. But 1994 had a horrible flaw in the program....that was designed by Alan Preston. 1994 was the year of the Stupid Gold, however because they took the 3 fastest airplanes out out of the midst Alan Preston got to win the Gold. I never understood the formula anyway. Suffice it to say if you put enough ADI and spray bar water on board for a race time based on a certain speed by the crew chief, and then maybe the pilot goes off script and slows down so that second place isn't as embarrassed as he should have been you run out of ADI and spray bar water. Landing with temps going out of control.

    1994 not in my top 15, however very happy to hear someone enjoyed the formula for the Stupid Gold other than Alan Preston."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Uh, I'm sorry, but Alan Preston DID win the Gold race. Just ask him.

    However that picture does show what a diehard soul Howie Keefe was. Cox and Revel were sponsors for Howie at the Great Miami Air Race, prior to the Saturday heat race Lyle and Jack Slider both agreed that Howie should win so that the sponsors could go home happy. Howie Keefe became the only guy ever to blow an engine in a race the other guys were trying to let him win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellCobraIV View Post
    Howie Keefe became the only guy ever to blow an engine in a race the other guys were trying to let him win.
    But if you're gonna blow an engine, you might as well do it with omph! Howie did just that.

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    For whatever it's worth, I happened to still have a window open on the before-split thread and I was able to download all the pages (text and most of the the images.).

    So if there' a place I can put them I'll do so.

    Quote Originally Posted by BellCobraIV View Post
    Okay, we lost some good stuff, however Wayne was able to get us back to here.

    Proceeding forward Neal is going to start a Before it was Rare Bear thread and throw up some pictures I have been working on answer to..

    Big Jim is going to suggest Alan Preston actually won the Gold race.

    Someone is going to comment on 1994 being their favorite year.

    We are still having fun and that's where we are at. Thank you Wayne.,..no more thread splitting please.

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    First off, any year with Miss A is a good year. Winning the gold is just gravy.

    Now, I'm a little hazy on this but I do remember a couple things about the Gold Race that year (and the 's00per gold' too).

    So maybe folks can check me.

    - Something about the Bear loading up, sorry guys I can't hang back anymore.
    - Something about an engine swap between Dago Red and Miss America.. I recall a horsepower vs. aerodynamics duel, and the gold race sure looked good.
    - And there was some mix up about who flew what.. I remember seeing David Price and Alan Preston jumping into and out of a lot of mustangs.

    Anybody else got a recollection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Uh, I'm sorry, but Alan Preston DID win the Gold race. Just ask him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.E.D. View Post
    First off, any year with Miss A is a good year. Winning the gold is just gravy.

    Now, I'm a little hazy on this but I do remember a couple things about the Gold Race that year (and the 's00per gold' too).

    So maybe folks can check me.

    - Something about the Bear loading up, sorry guys I can't hang back anymore.
    - Something about an engine swap between Dago Red and Miss America.. I recall a horsepower vs. aerodynamics duel, and the gold race sure looked good.
    - And there was some mix up about who flew what.. I remember seeing David Price and Alan Preston jumping into and out of a lot of mustangs.

    Anybody else got a recollection?
    Price flew Dago but popped the Merlin coming down for the start of one of the Gold Heat races, as I recall and was done for the year. I don't know if engine parts were swapped, but I could certainly see some parts of one going into the other after the red plane was out of it.

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