Monday, September 21, 2009

Reno Wrap up: The torch has been passed on!

Coverage of the the conclusion from the Reno Air Races is below.

Watching video of the Reno Races doesn't capture the energy you can pull while on the ramp or in the grandstands. Everywhere you turn there is a story to share. The hottest question on the ramp Sunday morning was: "who?". Who do you think will win it? Rare Bear fans were hoping John Penney could pull off another win in the newly painted Rare Bear (and she looked stunning!). But the real conversation revolved around Will Whiteside, a Cinderalla story waiting to be told; or Steve Hinton, Jr., the 22 year old racer who debuted last year in "Sparky", the Jelly Belly sponsored P-51, last year. Steve grew up in the shadows of the Planes of Fame hangars while his dad, Steve Hinton (Glacier Girl is just one of the planes we've seen him recently), restored vintage aircraft. Last year we saw him turning wrenches in the Strega pit - this year he was wearing the Strega flight suit. We just about talked the story to death when the race line up was introduced for the final of finals: The Unlimited Class. While dad flew cover overhead in the T-33 safety plane, Steve maneuvered around the course and when it was all said and done - the torch had been passed on to the new generation of air racer - Steve Hinton, Jr. At 22 years of age, the youngest champion to grace the air racing pylons.

Mark Allen from Live Air Show Tv interviews Steve Hinton after the big win!

Hinton wins Unlimited Gold at Reno air races from
Steve Hinton Jr. today became the youngest pilot in history to win the Unlimited Gold race at the Reno National Championship Air Races, breaking his father's record.

Reno air races end with historic victory from
The torch passed to a new generation of racers at the 46th National Championship Air Races today as 22-year-old Steven Hinton became the youngest champion ever in the elite Unlimited Gold race.

Hinton Youngest Reno Champion from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Steve Hinton Jr. put the highly modified P-51 Strega through its paces at the 2008 Pylon Racing Seminar at Reno Stead Airport in November 2008. The 22-year-old pilot went on to win the Gold Unlimited race at the National Championship Air Races, which wrapped up Sunday.Steve Hinton Jr., 22, became the youngest pilot to win the top prize at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Sunday. Hinton flew the highly-modified P-51 Strega to victory in the Breitling Gold Unlimited Race at an average speed of 491.822 mph in a time of 8:10.357, almost 13 seconds ahead of John Penney in Rare Bear, an F8F Bearcat. Third place went to Sherman Smoot in the Yak 11 Czech Mate. It was only Hinton's second appearance in the Unlimited class but he's been around the sport since he attended his first Reno races when he was two weeks old. His father Steve Sr. is a two-time Unlimited champion and Strega is no stranger to the winner's circle, having won the event seven time. Full results are available here.

San Diego pilot takes Sport Class gold at Air Races from
David Sterling of San Diego, won Sport Class Gold Race at the Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday at Reno Stead Airport.

Biplane, Formula 1 champs crowned at Air Races from
The first two gold races at the National Championship Air Races have been decided this morning.

National Championship Air Races Wrap Up in Stead - KTVN Channel 2
Five days of top-speed fun in the sky, right here in the Truckee Meadows. The 2009 National Championship Air Races are over.
"The guys few their hearts out this year," says Rod Elliott of Sparks.
46 years of National Championship Air Racing are in the books at the Reno-Stead Airport.
"The racing was fast and furious," says Mike Houghton, President and CEO of the National Championship Air Races. ...

Dave Morss completes 200th Air Race
Today, he completed his 200th air race at the Reno National Championship Air Races in the P-51A Polar Bear in the Unlimited Bronze race. Dave was also scheduled to fly later in the Sport Class in his #99 Martin's Legacy, ...

Air Racin' - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion
Knowledgeable fans talking air races. Lots of good info being shared here about the air races. And they know the history too!

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