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Justin Meaders shows off his Reno grin after walking away with the Formula One Gold this morning. Both the wing and tiny 46-in. prop on his racer were built by Craig Catto. Justin flies via hand controls; one stick for pitch and roll, another stick for yaw.

Anticipation is one thing, but racing is something else. And we were all robbed of a great Formula One Gold race this morning by wonky qualifying and an oil leak.

As it turned out Justin Meaders ran away with the race flag to flag. With his engine tuned up in anticipation of duking it out with Lowell Slatter in Fraed Naught and no problems during the race Meaders simply walked away with it.

Slatter was likewise ready to rumble, but when he started his O-200 Continental all he really got was a large and growing oil leak under Fraed Naught. Turned out a quick-release oil fitting had done its thing un-commanded. Slatter never took off.

Steve Senegal having handily won his Silver race forfeited that win for a last place start in the Gold. But as fast as Endeavor is there is simply too much traffic when starting in the back, so while passing competitors steadily he never was a threat to the lead.

Obviously Meaders is thrilled with the win, but after the years of development he put his new racer Limitless through, it’s certainly no fluke. If only we didn’t have to wait a year for the re-match.

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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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