F1s and Bipes



Number one qualifier in Formula One is not the expected Steve Senegal but rather Lowell Slatter in Fraed Naught at an impressive 253.597 mph.

As for Senegal, he posted 250.431 mph in qualifying and 245.846 mph in this morning’s heat race. Maybe it’s a case of being busy as Steve is also racing a Super RV-8 in the Sport Class where he ran just a little slower at 235.107 mph. It just goes to show how much a slippery, lightweight airframe is worth as the F1 is powered by a diminutive, high-rpm O-200 Continental while the Super RV-8 roars around via IO-540 power.

Third qualifier in Formula One is Vito Wypraechtiger flying his usual Ly-Con powered Cassutt III-M at 242.873 mph. Immediately behind Vito is James Jordan in another III-M Cassutt at 242.744.

In a couple of random notes from the F1 hangar, rookie Ryszard Zadow flying Margaret June has been learning the ropes. Starting out at 205 mph he’s been adding a touch of speed with some exhaust changes, a smaller tailwheel and taping the wheel pants. He’s also working with a west coast crew who only see the airplane during the Reno race week as the airplane lives in the Thom Richards stable in Kissimmee, Florida and is tended to by another crew there. As for Thom, we saw his crew changing a cylinder; the plane Hot Stuff is qualified fifth at 238.834 mph.

Justin Phillipson was disqualified for low flying (our kind of guy) during this morning’s F1 heat race, but is in the middle of the things with a 224.301 mph qualifying speed in the Shoestring-clone No Strings Attached.

In Biplane Jeff Rose is employing a favorite mount of Reno two-wing champions—a Mong Sport—to take the pole at 221.946 mph. It’s appropriately named the Reno Rabbit. Perpetual Biplane runaway Tom Aberle is not racing Phantom this year.

Kirk Murphy is second in Pitts S1-S Lady Luck at 211.712 mph and Eric Zine is cooking in Sunny Side Up, another Pitts, at 206.480 mph. Looking like making a race of it for third is David Roelofs in an S-1 Pitts Purse Snatcher at 206.055 mph.


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Tom Wilson
Pumping avgas and waxing flight school airplanes got Tom into general aviation in 1973, but the lure of racing cars and motorcycles sent him down a motor journalism career heavy on engines and racing. Today he still writes for peanuts and flies for fun.


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