Savier Saves His Lid

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Klaus Savier is a man who uses his head. His understanding of engine management has been amply demonstrated by an impressively long list of speed and efficiency records in a variety of canard-type aircraft, along with thousands of electronic ignition installations via his Light Speed Engineering company.

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Klaus Savier burns the midnight oil and the aromatics in his canopy repair on Saturday night.

On Saturday Savier found a new way to use his head, albeit with the aid of a helmet. Turbulence during his Sport heat race put his noggin so hard into the canopy to crack the Plexiglas in his Determinator racer.

Always the engineer and not fond of tape expedients, Savier and crew researched the proper fix. The next challenge was finding the correct bonding agents and doubling materials, but with the aid of a willing Reno-based supplier was able to obtain the materials and make the repair at the expense of any Saturday night social obligations he may have had.

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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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