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    Default New to this sport/board

    Just want to say hello to all of the current members out there. Like the thread title says, I am new to this sport and the board and was woundering if any of you "vets" had some interesting links or info that I can check out to pick up on what happens with this sport. Thanks for the help and can't wait to learn and then discuss.
    I have the need for speed. Unfotunately I am grounded to the rent-mobiles (aka slow, econo-box cars).

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    for aviation history - www.planesoffame.org
    for air racing, nothing beats Team Strega at www.strega.com

    sorry about the shameless self promotion, but you did ask

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    So new guy, you gunna be at Reno in Sept? That is all the education you will need, and the experience will get you completely hooked.

    Bill Pearce

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    Default I agree with hawkeye...

    I agree with Mr. Pierce...

    There is nothing like it in the world, and there never will be. It is something you have to take in with all of your senses; The smells of the exhaust and fuels, the sounds of the aircraft, the sights of 500 MPH laps, the feel of waxed metal, and the taste of desert sands.

    Nothing beats the smooth roar of the round motors, the throaty whine of the hot water 12's, the smell of avgas mixed with nitrous oxide and nitromethane. The yell of the crewchief for the AD truck, the call of the crowd for one more burst of speed.

    I remember the early mornings on the ramp before the sun comes up with the dew sprinkled lightly on the lowered canopy of a clipped wing mustang, the shimmer of "bear" metal against the sunrise, the reflection of the mountain tops in the bent wing of a highly polished Corsair.

    Memories of chromed T-6's sitting in a row, the gaggle of brightly colored formula 1's in the hanger and the bustle of wrenches and screwdrivers as each team gets ready for the next event. The timers perched atop their crew trucks, the painted murals of racers on the motor homes, and the scurry of golfcarts along the ramp to keep it all in check.

    I'll never forget the old pilots with their hands in formation telling stories of the one they got, or the one that got them. The teams of people who spend every year working their butts off to make it happen with little more than a pat on the back for their trouble. The cheering fans milling about in the pits with their wristbands a-glow.

    If you did not understand any of what I have just wrote, then you have to go there and see it for yourself. It is truly amazing and something that, once seen, will be with you always.

    Glenn
    www.helicopterpage.com

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    Default So whos sending him to Reno

    Check out Renos sight
    www.airrace.org
    ECVSteve
    E Clampus Vitus SST #1827, #1850
    Reno Fan since around "82"

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    Originally posted by W J Pearce
    So new guy, you gunna be at Reno in Sept? That is all the education you will need, and the experience will get you completely hooked.

    Bill Pearce
    Unfortunately on a college budget and with college classes, I doubt it.
    I have the need for speed. Unfotunately I am grounded to the rent-mobiles (aka slow, econo-box cars).

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    Default Re: I agree with hawkeye...

    Originally posted by gsbloom
    I agree with Mr. Pierce...

    There is nothing like it in the world, and there never will be. It is something you have to take in with all of your senses; The smells of the exhaust and fuels, the sounds of the aircraft, the sights of 500 MPH laps, the feel of waxed metal, and the taste of desert sands.

    Nothing beats the smooth roar of the round motors, the throaty whine of the hot water 12's, the smell of avgas mixed with nitrous oxide and nitromethane. The yell of the crewchief for the AD truck, the call of the crowd for one more burst of speed.

    I remember the early mornings on the ramp before the sun comes up with the dew sprinkled lightly on the lowered canopy of a clipped wing mustang, the shimmer of "bear" metal against the sunrise, the reflection of the mountain tops in the bent wing of a highly polished Corsair.

    Memories of chromed T-6's sitting in a row, the gaggle of brightly colored formula 1's in the hanger and the bustle of wrenches and screwdrivers as each team gets ready for the next event. The timers perched atop their crew trucks, the painted murals of racers on the motor homes, and the scurry of golfcarts along the ramp to keep it all in check.

    I'll never forget the old pilots with their hands in formation telling stories of the one they got, or the one that got them. The teams of people who spend every year working their butts off to make it happen with little more than a pat on the back for their trouble. The cheering fans milling about in the pits with their wristbands a-glow.

    If you did not understand any of what I have just wrote, then you have to go there and see it for yourself. It is truly amazing and something that, once seen, will be with you always.

    Glenn
    www.helicopterpage.com
    I totaly understand this as I got to experience my first in person NASCAR WC race in June. This in person was an awsome experience to get to feel the rumble of HP, smell the 104 Octane gas, watch the acceleration that you don't get a sensation of on TV. Air Racing has been unknown to me, until I started reading about it here online. I make regular trips to the local drag strip as well but there is something about the 491.xx MPH average lap speed that a WC car can't touch or the 500+ MPH straightaway speed that a top fuel dragster dosen't even come close to. So, they mix nitrometh in with the Aviation Octane and burn N2O huh?? That's awsome. To bad, college starts right around the same time Reno occurs and that I am on the east coast. Anyway, thanks people, hope to keep talking with you over the next few months or longer.
    I have the need for speed. Unfotunately I am grounded to the rent-mobiles (aka slow, econo-box cars).

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    Default Some Advice

    Hi New Guy:

    My advice is to (as someone once said) not let your schooling get in the way of your education.

    Bum a ride out and back with someone on this board. Go Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday when things are (for the most part) free. Sleep in a tent in the parking lot. Eat beans. But don't miss it.

    The sights, sounds, and smells so magnificently described by Glenn stay with you a lifetime. I forgot everything I learned in calculus three weeks after getting the pigskin.

    Stubby

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    Also, the test flights at oh-dark-thirty in the morning............

    The 500++ mph passes down the runway at zero angels..............

    The whine of a massive 4 bladed prop sucking the cool morning air, and accelating it backwards at a terrific rate......

    The distinctive music of a high strung engine unloading during the dive preceding said pass.......

    The roar/whine/growl of a dozen, or a dozen-and-a-half cylinders in close formation ejecting spent, but high energy exhaust into the slipstream as the unlimitied streaks past.....

    You have to be there (early) to experience the multi sensory onslaught that leaves an unexplainable grin on everyones face...
    the other Wayne................

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    Boy, I'll tell ya what.. If anyone ever asks ya why we go to Reno every year.. just point them to this thread!

    You guys are writing about this better than I ever could!

    Keep up the good work, you're getting me pumped up!!

    Wayne

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