Werribee Event – CANCELLED

Hi All,

I’m sorry to announce that the Q500/Sports pylon race scheduled for this Sunday (July 10, 2016) has had to be cancelled due to flooding at the Werribee field. There has been excessive rain over the last 2 days.

So there is not racing this weekend but the next pylon race event is scheduled for July 30-31 at Bendigo (Marong). Numbers are now looking good for that event and included on that weekend, is the AGA to be held on the Saturday night at the caravan park.

John Schmidli

 

Notice of AGM

Our next full 3 class event is at Bendigo (Marong) on July 30-31, 2016. On the Saturday night (July 30, 2016) we plan to run our Annual General Meeting.

If you haven’t received an email, Subject “VMPRA notice of AGM”, Please contact me via the secretary email address.

Munro May 2016 – Event Report

Despite gale force winds throughout the week in Victoria, our QLD friends from A1 Composites arrived safely at Munro. Yet again the field was immaculately prepared and ready for racing.

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A dozen campers and pilots arrived on Friday for testing and preparations for the event which would be the last one for the F3D and F400 Annual Season Championship fly-off. With another field upgrade of a roaring pot belly heater, this proved to be a ripper particularly during the very popular evening festivities of the famous Saturday night dinner.

Saturday’s forecast was perfect with 24 degrees and light Westerly winds. Formular 400 kicked off with a field of 11 pilots with a variety of models flown. There was carnage between Brian Steele and Jimmy Orenshaw with a spectacular mid-air collision which obliterated both models. James Hurley focusing on one class this weekend which saw his personal best of 71.64 seconds being recorded in round 5 with a big smile returning to the pits pipping his team mate John Schmidli for 4th place. Great to see Andrew Davies back into the groove with sub 70 times on the Sunday finishing in a solid 3rd position for the weekend. Murphy owned Miss Dara’s designed by the world famous Dane Kane, took out 1st and 2nd places powered by a Nelson flown by Beau and Barry respectively. Fastest time was recorded by Beau with a 64.88 seconds. Well done to all pilots for the weekend.

Recent additions to the pylon fraternity, Father and son team, Gavin and Cameron Sexton

The entry pylon class – Quickie 500, took to the sky’s with 12 pilots from ages 12  to 80 years old. Veteran Tom Prosser again flew his immaculately scratch built model and was very impressive all weekend and an absolute pleasure to chat with regarding a life time of great stories and competitions. Saturday saw 3 rounds completed and young Cameron Sexton debut in this class with an Angelov model. His best time for this weekend was 124.96 seconds. Well done Cam!

As the event rolled on, the 1st & 2nd podium positions battle went on between Tom Allen and plane builder, Steve Taylor who was visiting Munro for the very first time and flying his flagship Q500 model, the Banshee with a uniquely yellow colour scheme. Some would say the stripes resembled a pineapple. Well done guys. Steve nudging 1st place, Tom Allen in 2nd and the very reliable John Schmidli in 3rd place. Weather did turn fierce with 30+ knot winds for the last 3 rounds and well done to all quickie pilots!

F3D event was piloted by 7 entrants. Saturday saw Beau Murphy in the 50′s and Dannmann closely behind him. Baz Murphy was tackled by dead-air while tail-gating Glenn Matthews which caused the destruction of his Minute Master after plowing into  terra firma in round 1. Unfortunately only 3 rounds were completed on Saturday and flying on Sunday afternoon was cancelled due to strong winds. The best time was recorded by Beau with a 59.36 seconds. With AMPRA just around the corner, the Victorian pilots are in great shape for the first round of the 2017 world championship team trials.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd Brian Steele

Fastest Time: 59.36 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 64.88 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 11

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Steve Taylor
2nd Tom Allen
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time: 95.62 – Tom Allen
No. of competitors: 12

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Season Championship

This was the last event for the 2015-2016 Season Championship for FA1 & F400.
Q500 has one more event to run which is on July 3 at Werribee. Trophies for 1st place for each class will be presented at the AGM at the Bendigo event.

The following is how the season championship wrapped up for FA1 & F400 and how Q500 currently stands.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis – Winner
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Glenn Matthews

Congratulations to Daniel for an extremely strong year of racing.


F400

1st – Brian Steele - 
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Shaun Jacobsen

Congratulations to Brian for what was also a very strong year of racing.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, again there was no change for the top 3 positions but John Schmidli is back in with a mathamatical chance to knock Jim off the top at the last event in Werribee.

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Season Fastest Time

There was no new fastest times recorded at this event. A huge congratulation goes out to Leigh Hocken for taking out the fastest times for the year in both FA1 & F400.

 

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Leigh Hocken – 61.75

Q500 – Daniel Arapakis – 89.59

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Next Race

AMPRA is being held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 11-13, 2016) up at Coolum “Sunshine Model Flyers” in QLD. This is the 1st of the 2017 WC Team Trials. Good luck to all the VMPRA members attending this event.

For the VMPRA, the next event is a Sports/Q500 1 day event being held at Werribee on July 3. A great opportunity to have some fun racing. Bring a Q500 or Sports model along.

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Event Report – Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – Lydia Arapakis & John Schmidli

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Warrnambool 2016 – Event Report

Warrnambool located on the south-western Coast of Victoria and at the western end of the Great Ocean road, is world famous for it’s spectacular oceanic coastal views. Home club to the Hocken family, Koroit is a humble club amongst farm land with great facilities and very well maintained grounds.

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As usual Friday arrivals consisted of pilots and teams travelling from afar and were greeted with perfect Autumn conditions of mid 20′s and light winds.

The usual campers of Axons, Steeley’s, Murphy, Arapakis’ settling in for the afternoon and evening grazing with spits roasting and beers flowing. Well into the evening, festivities continued with perfect star filled night skies. In the morning, we woke up to misty rain and cold winds.

The field of competitors for Formula 400

Flying didn’t start until late morning due to the wet weather conditions. The usual race format of F400, Q500 followed by F3D was to be flown.

A field of 11 F400 pilots challenged the sky’s with Shaun Jacobsen in fine form with opening rounds in the 60′s putting loads of pressure on the rest of the field. Great to see the South Aussies at the event with 4 pilots flying in this class. Brian (Iron-man) Steele finished with the most cuts for the weekend which is certainly uncharacteristic and Leigh Hocken recording the fastest time of 64.95  seconds. Nevertheless Ranjit Phelan and Baz Murphy finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively after 1st place getter, Shaun Jacobsen. Well done to all pilots.

Q500 always slated for a few laughs and a bit of sledging on the start line saw some brilliant flying and sub 100 seconds times by the three top place getters. A mix of experience and newer pilots to the racing scene challenged each other with each pilot flying at their best.

Jimmy (Tiger) Orenshaw taking out 1st place again, now in a really good position for the season championship just nudged in front of Tom Allen who came 2nd with Jarrod Jacobsen finishing 3rd dueling Dannmann’s Dad (Andrew Arapakis)for the weekend. 

F3D with a 10 pilot entry was great to watch. The first up race was with good mates Shaun Jacobsen and Dannmann. Shaun opening up with a personal best, WELL DONE Shauny! Dannmann having looked forward to this weekend, unfortunately hit #2 pilot on his 3rd race with uncharacteristic model issues which saw him finish well down for the weekend. Leigh flew a brilliant race with his average for the event of 60 seconds and Shaun finishing 2nd in his second ever F3D race. He flew very consistently and was closely followed by a veteran of pylon, Baz Murphy, having got all his times in.

With only one event to go at Munro before the great race at AMPRA which is being held at Coolum QLD. This will be the first event for the team selection trial for the 2017 F3D World Championships to be held in Sweden. Good luck to all pilots!

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Leigh Hocken
2nd Shaun Jacobsen
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 58.97 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 10

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Ranjit Phelan
3rd Barry Murphy

Fastest Time: 64.95 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 11

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Tom Allen
3rd Jarrod Jacobsen

Fastest Time: 95.87 – Mike Kellet
No. of competitors: 6

Check out the full results>>>

Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Leigh Hocken

No change for the top two positions, but Leigh Hocken has moved up to 3rd position, displacing Glenn Matthews.

F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Shaun Jacobsen

No change for the top two positions, but Shaun Jacobsen has moved up to 3rd position, displacing Jim Orenshaw.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, again there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

There was no new fastest time recorded at the Warnambool event

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Leigh Hocken – 61.75

Q500 – Daniel Arapakis – 89.59

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Event Report – Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – Andrew Arapakis & Tom Allen

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Westernport April 2016 – Event Report

Mike Kellet launches, Wayne Newman's Scanner as the clock reaches Zero.

Mornington Peninsula surrounded by two magnificent waterways boasts 80 boutique wineries and the home club of Dannmann18.  After working with the club officials, VMPRA committee and sponsors, WPMAC was set up to host its very first official Pylon Race. Situated at Crib Point, the great race had 11 pilot entries for Sports Pylon, 16 entries for Q500, 25 pilots and approximately 100 spectators and supporting crews that attended the club throughout the day.

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The field was presented in immaculate condition and the poles set up with pylon 1 in the south! The weather Gods were true to the forecast yet again with a 25 knotter from Bass Straight on the Saturday which made practice a little tough but the pot belly heater working a treat jam packed with red gum. The night was a traditional campers Greek feast with spit roasting and beers flowing.

Pilot Briefing at the start of the day.

Sunday morning with a 5 knot southerly was expected with pilots arriving early and setting up their models. The new comers both in Sports and Quickie, carefully observing the set-up of the experienced crews.

The morning flying commenced with an instructional demonstration on the start line with how the clock and pylon lighting works as well as all the safety regulatory information as well as race tactics. All pilots had the chance to fly the coarse and practice what most new comers have never done before, fly a left-hand circuit around themselves for 10 laps.

The race kicked off with Sports Pylon and Scanner Racing. Results were staggering and the smiles and sense of personal achievement being the winner by far. There were no mid- air’s, and most pilots brought their models home. It was great to watch the event from the start line where experienced ambitious club pilots were still 20 meters from the pylons and told to ”pull it in pull it in”. Young Cam Sexton is the rising star who had the opportunity to practice at Baz Burphy’s famous Munro field the week before. He was really tight around the poles and had the best style. Race results were a mixed bag as it’s a bit different to a fun fly as starting a plane in 60 seconds and flying 10 laps around a 3 pylon course with no penalties is always a challenge even for the most experienced teams and pilots. New starters Michael Burston and Mark Jacob flew great for their first efforts too.

Father/son team, Michael and Wally Burston with their Scanner.

Race winner Wayne Newman representing his great store Addies Hobbies flew a great race, second place to Mark Jacob and third place going to George Angelov with a behemoth of a model of some silver and red description.

 

 

Q500 commenced after lunch and with entry numbers that this class hasn’t seen in years with a huge talent pool from first timers to best in class, experienced pilots. Definitely a spectators race on the day as the speed difference between the 2 classes was an eye opener for most people as this type of racing hasn’t been on the Peninsula in years.

Mark Jacob from the neighboring club, NMAA in Rosebud West with his scratch built model finished in the middle of the pack in his very first race amongst experienced pilots.

The host club members as well as young cool kids such as James Hurley Jnr and Cam Sexton were on the lights in Pylon 1 cage and had a great time with lots of laughs and also learnt a lot about racing!  

With 4 rounds of racing across multiple heats, the afternoon was set to be a ripper. Final results showed how close the racing was with only 10 seconds separating the top half of the racers. Jimmy Tiger Orenshaw took out 1st place and has stretched his season championship lead. Dannmann’s first Quickie race this season recorded the fastest time of event and best time of the season 89.59 seconds coming in 2nd place with John Schmidli finishing in 3rd.

Great to see Austin Omann finishing in 4th place (pipping Master Kellet by 0.4 seconds) achieving times averaging 95 seconds with a Viper that was donated to him by VMPRA at last years’ AMPRA event.

The Presentation was rewarding and all place getters receiving a formal trophy for their great efforts for the day. Dannmann handed down his Q500 trophy to the next place getter in fairness as the unwritten rule is for accomplished F3D pilots to stand down if presented a trophy at any event.

CD for the day, Andrew Arapakis organised a great event.

Many thanks to Model Flight for their donation of 6 gift vouchers that were handed out to other participants to recognize their efforts on the day.

Many thanks also goes to the WPMAC committee and club members who supported the event and putting Crib Point on the Map! I am sure more events will be the highlight of the clubs calendar for years to come.

In summary, the purpose of this event was to introduce Pylon to local Clubs and all pilots abroad with a mission of flying in an entry class and most importantly to have fun! Undoubtedly this was achieved with a top score of a perfect 10!

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Results

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Daniel Arapakis
3rd John Schmidli
Daniel stood aside when trophy were presented, allowing John Schmidli to receive the 2nd place trophy and Austin Omman received the 3rd place trophy.

Fastest Time: 89.59 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 16

Class – Sports

Places:
1st Wayne Newman
2nd Mark Jacob
3rd George Angelov

Fastest Time: 138.62 – Allan Swift
No. of competitors: 11

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Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, again there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

Daniel Arapakis did a sub 90 seconds to take the fastest time from Mike Kellet.

Q500 – Daniel Arapakis – 89.59

Next Race

2 weeks later (April 16-17), we will be down at Warrnambool for one of our regular 3 class races.

After that there is another Q500 and Sports race to be held at Lilydale (LDMFA) on May 1. This isn’t a championship round for Q500 but still is a great opportunity to go racing, practice and encourage new-comers to our most exciting facet of aeromodelling.

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Event Report – Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – John Schmidli

The written content in this post is accurate to the best of my/our knowledge at the time of publishing. It is written from my perspective and reflects how I have experienced this event.

Photos published as feature images are selected purely for their quality, general interest or topicality. They are chosen from a pool of photos taken by myself and others when time permits.

If a perspective is not being represented, I am more than happy to publish any written content or photos that are supplied to me provided it is fair and reasonable

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Munro March 2016 – Event Report

The Annual John Hughan Memorial Event was held at Munro for our monthly Pylon Race.

John Hughan was at the forefront promoting pylon racing in the 70’s and was instrumental in the formation of AMPRA itself. John greatly assisted the pylon flyers and helped instigate several F3D rule changes as well as the plane dimensions that we now all enjoy. Hughan was remembered by all as a pylon racing enthusiast who loved the hobby and pylon racing. For many years John also was a column writer for Airborne Magazine with his regular article, “Pylon Round-Up’, which included great stories and technical information for precision aeromodelling and hence the significance of this weekend flying for all pilots.

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The Munro field after the peak of summer was in impeccable condition with the grass, perfect as always and now with a facility upgrade of a substantial roof structure for all competitors to use. Gippsland’s local pylon pilot David Chippendale, together with the assistance of Ian Rickard, championed the construction that will no doubt stand the test of time (and a tornado or two)!

Pilots from far and wide arrived on Friday for model set up and engine testing for an exciting weekend ahead of racing. The weather Gods were kind to use yet again, with a  forecast for perfect conditions for all to enjoy during this fantastic weekend racing.

As per previous events the weekends racing schedule was for F400 then Q500 followed by F3D.

Scores for the Saturday were very impressive until we discovered a computer glitch which left many pilots discussing this around the dinner table that Saturday night.

Formula 400 - Ready for the 60 second count down to start. Ranjit Phelan and his Polecat held by his caller, Jim Orenshaw.

The F400 class yet again was very competitive with 10 pilots challenging themselves round after round. Baz Murphy recording the best time for the event of 66.26 seconds. Our very own man of steel, Brain Steele with help from his good mate Andrew Davies, took out top prize with Baz second and Ranji in third. Only 10 seconds between the top 3 place getters and the rest of the field flying really well too!

Q500 saw 8 pilots compete with a mix of beginners through to experienced pilots. A variety of hand crafted and precision molded planes enjoyed the conditions and fun was had by all. Apart from a mid-air and various unfortunate terra-firma incidences, fun was had by all. Jimmy and John battled it out for first and second place and Andrew (Dannmann’s Dad) finishing in solid 3rd. Jimmy recorded the best time of the event of 95.44 seconds with a very special mention to both Ian Rickard and David Chippendale for their PB’s.

F3D witnessed Mark French returning to F3D with a Minute Master fuz from Leigh Hocken and wing from Dannmann. Quite a colourful combo for this model as the engine was also a first for Dannmann setting it up for his good mate Frenchy.

Racing was at its best with Baz Murphy and Frank Cassella full throttle dueling it out lap after lap resulting in what some say was one of the most spectacular mid-air crashes of all time! Even after collecting confetti, both pilots still had huge smiles on their faces as I am sure the adrenaline of action and a great sense of comradry being the winner.

After 8 rounds of F3D Steely and Ranji finished with second and third place respectively for the weekend but the 1st place trophy went to Dannmann flying out of a swivel chair which he self propelled with his left foot (his right foot in plaster after nasty ankle surgery for a reoccurring tendon issue flew). A huge sense of achievement for Dannmann with the ever reliable Baz set up saw Dannmann fly at his best with ripper times and also recording the fastest time of the weekend of 58.28 seconds.

The big race for the annual VMPRA Season Championship trophy’s is almost over with season leaders remaining unchanged with Dannmann now on 55 points further extending his lead in F3D, Brain Steel 1st place with an aggregate score of 56 points in F400. Jim Orenshaw is currently running in 1st place in Q500 with 56 points with John Schmidli only a few points behind.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Brian Steele
3rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 58.28 – Daniel Arapakis
No. of competitors: 8

 

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 66.26 – Barry Murphy
No. of competitors: 10

 

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd John Schmidli
3rd Andrew Arapakis

Fastest Time: 95.44 – Mike Kellet
No. of competitors: 8

 

Check out the full results>>>

Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Barry Murphy
3rd – Glenn Matthews

No change for the top position, but Barry Murphy has moved up to 2nd and Glenn down to 3rd.

F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

No change for these positions.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, again there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

Once we disregard the Saturday results due to the time system anomaly there was no change to the fastest time for all classes.

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Leigh Hocken – 61.75

Q500 – Mike Kellet – 94.74

Next Race

We have a Q500, Scanner and Sports 40 pylon race on at the Westernport Model Aircraft Club down at Crib Point on Sunday April 3. There are a number of us going down on Saturday to practice, share a spit roast dinner and stay over night ready for racing on the Sunday.

2 weeks later (April 16-17), we will be down at Warrnambool for one of our regular 3 class races.

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Event Report – Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – John Schmidli & Andrew Arapakis

The written content in this post is accurate to the best of my/our knowledge at the time of publishing. It is written from my perspective and reflects how I have experienced this event.

Photos published as feature images are selected purely for their quality, general interest or topicality. They are chosen from a pool of photos taken by myself and others when time permits.

If a perspective is not being represented, I am more than happy to publish any written content or photos that are supplied to me provided it is fair and reasonable

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Camperdown 2016 – Event Report

Camperdown is an agricultural centre located on the world’s third largest volcanic plain and is surrounded by large salt and fresh water lakes. For the slope sourers among us, volcanic peaks such as Mount Leura and the ripper spot at the end of the Lakes and Craters Caravan Park also have fantastic views of the lakes in this region.

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Setup on the Saturday morning, with hot weather predicted, There was plenty of Gazebos to make the pit area nice and shady.

Located within the Camperdown Race Course, the CMAC President Foster Taylor’s hand shake warmly welcomed all competitors to the traditionally hot weekend and also the first race meet of the 2016.

Friday saw many competitors arriving in the early afternoon to set up shade and test fly their pride and joys. Customary to recent meets, the line up for the weekend would be F400 starting each morning followed by Q500 then the missile class FA1 (F3D).

Competitors attending the Victorian Miniature Pylon Racing Association (VMPRA)  Trophy, showed up in good numbers from far-a-field with some pilots coming from as far away as South Australia, Sydney and Bairnesdale having travelling many hours to compete. With a staggering line up of world class competitors, there was 12 pilots in F3D, 15 in F400 and 12 in Q500.

Saturday temperatures were forecast to peak in the mid 30’s which is a challenge to all competitors. Beers where put on ice ready for the end of the days racing.

F400 was hotly contested with Leigh Hocken’s first round setting the fastest time recorded in this class for the weekend of 61.75 seconds which is a time that most F3D pilots would be proud of. The battle continued with great racing from the Jacobsens with the final results being the ever consistent Shaun Jacobsen taking out first place by 0.3 seconds with his rocket red AR-6. Leigh Hocken can in 2nd place and Jarrod Jacobsen took 3rd place. This class is always exciting to watch as the out of the box equipment is ever so competitive.

With a broad rage of experience, the Q500 contestants enjoyed a ripper event. 8 rounds in the peak of the heat saw a lot of fun had by all. This stock class again produced some very quick times and it was great to see Mick Kellet return to racing and being very competitive. Really only a hand full of seconds between most place getters saw NZ F3D pilot Tom Wetherill taking out 1st place with consistent mostly sub 100 second times. He was followed by the fancy florescent pink, Addies Hobbies sponsored plane flown by Mick Kellet. 3rd place was taken out by the every reliable John Schmidli. Well done to all pilots for having a go.

F3D commenced mid afternoon on both days, 12 pilots spread across 4 heats battle high temperatures and hot racing. Shaun Jacobsen entered the F3D circuit for the first time and made it look easy getting into the grove early in similar style to his F400 flight path. Phelan’s newly designed and built V-Tail also had it maiden race with the world watching on.  For 8 rounds of F3D, the Victorian based Aussie F3D Team pilots battled it out. Some spectators said that the racing witnessed this weekend was the best racing seen in a very very long time. All three pilots ripped into the 10 &1/2 lap course lap after lap. All three Aussie Team pilots are sponsored by JR through Model Flight with the root of their flying days starting out in Gippsland. Friendly camaraderie and competition saw Beau Murphy finishing in 1st place, Leigh Hocken in 2nd place and Dannmann Daniel Arapakis finishing 3rd after a last round cut – all flew their very best and unique styles and was fantastic to witness such a high standard and competitive racing! Perfect engine work with start ups every time combined with ultimate precision flying is no doubt the success to this F3D class.

The annual VMPRA Season Championship trophy score board for season leaders remains unchanged with Dannmann now on 43 points extending his lead in F3D, Brain Steel 1st place with an aggregate score of 45 points in F400 and Jim Orenshaw currently running in 1st place in Q500 with a total points score of 46.    

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Results

Back L-R - Ranjit Phelan, Barry Murphy, Beau Murphy, Tom Jacobsen, Shaun Jacobsen, Gary Davidson, Tom Wetherill & Andrew Davies. Front L-R Daniel Arapakis, Glenn Matthews, Leigh Hocken, Brian Steele.

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Beau Murphy
2nd Leigh Hocken
3rd Daniel Arapakis

Fastest Time: 59.24 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 12
Course – 10.5 Laps

Back L-R - Beau Murphy, Jarrod Jacobsen, Tom Jacobsen, Barry Murphy, Jim Orenshaw, Marcus Guss, Les Spaltman, Andrew Davies & Glenn Matthews. Front L-R - Leigh Hocken, Shaun Jacobsen, John Schmidli, Brian Steele, Gary Davidson & Ranjit Phelan.

 

Class – F400

Places:
1st Shaun Jacobsen
2nd Leigh Hocken
3rd Jarrod Jacobsen

Fastest Time: 61.75 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 15
Course – 10.5 Laps

Back L-R - Jarrod Jackobsen, Tom Wetherill, Les Spaltman, Jim Orenshaw, Gary Whitbourne, Mike Kellet Fron L-R - John Yianni, James Hurley, John Schmidli, Andrew Arapakis, Austin Omann, Allan Whitbourne.

 

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Tom Wetherill
2nd Mike Kellet
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time: 94.74 – Mike Kellet
No. of competitors: 12
Course – 10.5 Laps

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Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Brian Steele

No change for the top 2, but Barry Murphy has moved up to 3rd position from 4th.

F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Like FA1, No change for the top 2, but Shaun Jacobsen has moved up to 3rd position, displacing Jim Orenshaw.

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

There was a new fastest time for F400 with a 61.75 sec achieved by Leigh Hocken, rapping up both FA1 & F400 for now. Mike Kellet achieved a new fastest time of 94.74 in Q500. Well done guys.

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Leigh Hocken – 61.75

Q500 – Mike Kellet – 94.74

 Next Race

We are back at Bazza’s Paddock in Munro for the next event which is the John Hughan Trophy. This event is on the weekend of March 5-6, 2016.
Hope to see you all there.

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Event Report – Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – John Schmidli & Andrew Arapakis

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WPMAC & VMPRA Pylon Extravaganza

Here’s another one to put in your diary. Should be a lot of fun and another chance to encourage new pilots to pylon racing.

Also included is Saturday practice and BBQ dinner and camping at the field ready for racing on the Sunday. Check the below flyer for details.

Munro, Nov 2015 – Event Report

Gippsland as a region is famous for its agricultural development and has become Melbourne’s largest supplying region of dairy and vegetables.

Munro pylon field has also grown to what most racers would consider one of the best fields of its kind in the country.

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As always, the grounds were meticulously prepared by a local fishing tackle sales rep, Ian Rickard who devotes nearly every weekend at the strip working on a list of odd jobs and manicuring the bowling green run way!

Race preparation began on Friday where several pilots took to the course for fine tuning in preparation of the last pylon event for the calendar year.

The day saw Master Murphy’s and Dannmann with their Minute Master’s out circulating in the 20 knotter and Beau rippen into his new Miss Dara F400 running in a fresh motor. The Miss Dara model was designed by Dan Kane who also designed the Polecat and Loki both also being extraordinary models.

Ranjit and Tricky Ricky test flew Ricks Veyron and all went well. Rick due to extended family commitments with the safe arrival of baby boy #2 Albert couldn’t stay for the weekend show down. Unfortunately Phelans’ new V Tail models came to grief with more development required.

The day ended with good spirits and plenty of Crownies with many pilots arriving setting up camp with a feast prepared by the Axons.

The fist race day plan was for 4 rounds of F400, Q500 then followed by F3D.
Willy Weather forecast for the weekend was for fine weather and Saturday morning was perfect for racing start at 9:45am of the F400 class. 10 entrants at his event with the podium hotly contested every month. Brain Steele and Andrew Davies the dynamic duo flew well all weekend proving out consistency was the recipe. Beau recorded the fastest time of the day and weekend with a 64.96sec. Jim and John managed to keep clear of each other as sometimes it seems an unfortunate magnetism exists between some models and pilots, Hmmmm.

John Schmidli got all his times and Dannmann cutting him self out of the race after setting himself a target and pushing really hard for a record time! Great too see Frank back with the shiniest models ever unfortunately hitting terra firma after take off in his first heat. Pity as his plane was a ripper in practice but an upside for Father Christmas would be a new model order! An unexpected mid air between Barry Murphy and Andrew Davies saw both models return to ground with a broken prop on the Baz model and repair required on Batman’s model.

After 4 rounds of F400, the Quickie pilots were fueled up and ready to race. With 12 entrants and a variety of skills saw fantastic racing with a veteran Tom Prosser returning to Munro for his second Q500 event. Tom must have had fun at the last event at Munro with his custom built plane which is a master piece and scratch built. Unfortunately the Prosser and Axon models had a mid air but both pilots returning into the comp for the next round. Also a special mention to Tom Allen returning to the pylon scene after a stint of car racing with only his second event back, well in the mix with his best time of 100.50 sec only 0.57 sec of the fastest time of the event by Jim Orenshaw….no doubt Tom is on it and will be going real fast in the near future.

F3D up next albeit weather proving a little slow, Beau opened up with a respectable 59.8 sec which proved to be the quickest time of the event. Dannmann recorded 61.2 in first heat which was also his best time for the weekend. Mix results with all other pilots with Frank flying great but plug problems in resulting in a few 200’s.

Day 1 ended with a very familiar garlic scent of charcoal grilling lamb, chicken and pork gyros followed by Narida’s tiramisu and Toni’s Christmas pudding. Camaraderie with all pilots attending the dinner was defiantly one for the record books and now the Saturday night event is almost part of the event calendar for most race weekends. All entrants this weekend stayed for the feast and many thanks to all helpers and to all cooks!

Late afternoon and evening affairs started with old timers, speed gliders and foamies. George Angelov certainly has his rocket master gold wings complemented the sky with rockets all landing safely with parachutes. Much fun by all.

After a dusty start to Sunday, the weather God’s rolled up for the second day with perfect conditions and the F400’s were on their way. The competitiveness of this class was very exciting to watch and well done to all competitors and place getters. John Schmidli again getting all his times with no cuts for the weekend will surely keep the ranks on their toes in months to come.

With Q500 scores very close after day 1, a number of pilots were well positioned to commence the days racing. Jim Orenshaw, Tom Allen and John Schmidli taking out the top three places this time round with many pilots in all placing all recording excellent times and PB’s. Racing this class was great to watch as the very affordable models flown by entry level pilots had a great time and were also very competitive!

Grand finale premier F3D class was again a mixed bag something similar to a fishing trip in Western Port Bay! Again the weather a little slow with Beau recording the fastest time of the day of 61.76 sec, Baz flying very consistent this weekend and Andrew Davis holding it together to complete 8 rounds. Brian Steele alias Robin landed his F3D in a tree which took a mastermind of construction materials, Tarzan and luck to get his model back. Onya Brian!

Dannmann got all his times in for the weekend bar 2 cuts for the event ended up with the best average score to take out 1st place, 2nd Barry Murphy and 3rd Andrew Davies. Great to see Gary back in the air for 4th place and Beau in 5th due his last run a little rich resulting in a 200.

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Results

Class – FA1

Places:
1st Daniel Arapakis
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Andrew Davies

Fastest Time: 59.88 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 8
Course – 10.5 Laps

Class – F400

Places:
1st Brian Steele
2nd Beau Murphy
3rd Ranjit Phelan

Fastest Time: 64.96 – Beau Murphy
No. of competitors: 10
Course – 10.5 Laps

Class – Q500

Places:
1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd Tom Allen
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time: 99.92 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 12
Course – 10.5 Laps

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Season Championship

The following is how the season championship stands currently.

FA1

1st – Daniel Arapakis
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Brian Steele

No change for the top 2, but Brian Steele has moved up to 3rd position

F400

1st – Brian Steele
2nd – Glenn Matthews
3rd – Jim Orenshaw

Like FA1, No change for the top 2, but Jim Orenshaw has moved up to 3rd position

Q500

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Andrew Arapakis

For Q500, there was no change for the top 3 positions.

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Season Fastest Time

There was only a new fastest times for F400 with Beau Murphy raising the stakes on his first time racing F400.

FA1 – Leigh Hocken – 57.38

F400 – Beau Murphy – 64.96

Q500 – Jim Orenshaw – 94.79

Next Event

The next event will be Camperdown on February 6-7, 2016. Make sure you have this and all the currently listed events marked in your calendar.

Another date to remember is the Sandown F1 Air Race to be on January 31, 2016 which includes a general remote control hobbies expo. The VMPRA will have a stand there and we will also have some members involved in flying displays throughout the day. There will be a number of us manning the stand and promoting the pylon racing special interest group.
http://www.sandownairrace.com.au/

On a final note for the year, I wish everybody all the best for the Christmas and New Year break and that we all return to racing again next year refreshed, ready for some great competition and good times.

Event Report and Photos– Anonymous
Additional information: John Schmidli
Photos – John Schmidli & Andrew Arapakis

The written content in this post is accurate to the best of my/our knowledge at the time of publishing. It is written from my perspective and reflects how I have experienced this event.

Photos published as feature images are selected purely for their quality, general interest or topicality. They are chosen from a pool of photos taken by myself and others when time permits.

If a perspective is not being represented, I am more than happy to publish any written content or photos that are supplied to me provided it is fair and reasonable

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