February Update – VMPRA Trophy

The VMPRA Trophy is on at Camperdown this weekend (Feb 4-5)

The Field is in reasonable condition and not as dry as this time last year.

Camperdown Racecourse access conditions:

Friday (03/02/2017)
Racecourse is available from 11:00 am onwards. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER EARLIER THAN 11:00 am.

Saturday (04/02/2017)
Gate open at 8:30 am and NO FLYING.
Entries close at 9:30 am and the course is to be set up.
Test Flying from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
F400 to commence at 10:30 am.
FA1 practice allowed during lunch break.
FA1 to commence after lunch, followed by Q500.

Sunday (05/02/2017)
Field closed for test flying and racing to commence after 9:00 am.

The schedule for both days is F400, FA1 & Q500 and please let me know if you would be interested in being CD.

Please also note our VMPRA annual membership fees are due.

Munro Dec 2016 – Event Report

VMPRA’s last event for 2016 was in December back down at Munro.
Unfortunately there was no report written up for the event so, this post contains the basic results & championship standings.

Check out the event photo gallery>>> 

Hot Stuff Model Fuels


Class – FA1

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

Fastest Time: 58.78 – Leigh Hocken
No. of competitors: 7

Class – F400

1st Ranjit Phelan
2nd Barry Murphy
3rd Glenn Matthews

Fastest Time: 68.13 – Ranjit Phelan
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Q500

1st Jim Orenshaw
2nd David Chippendale
3rd Andrew Arapakis

Fastest Time: 97.52 – Jim Orenshaw
No. of competitors: 5

Check out the full results>>>

Season Championship


Leigh Hocken has remained in top spot, Daniel Arapakis and Andrew Davies both moved up 1 position.

1st – Leigh Hocken
2nd – Daniel Arapakis
3rd – Andrew Davies


Ranjit Phelan popped up from 5th to top spot. Andrew Davies and Jim Orenshaw remained in the 2nd & 3rd positions

1st – Ranjit Phelan
2nd – Andrew Davies
3rd – Jim Orenshaw


Jim Orenshaw & Gary Whitbourn have remained in first and second places respectively but Ian has now moved up into 3rd position.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – Gary Whitbourn
3rd – Ian Rickard

Check Out Season Championship >>>

Next Race

The first race for 2017 is a Sports & Q500 event to be held on Jan 22 at the Westernport Model Aircraft Club. Looks like we’ll have a really good turn-out. There is always a good amount on Sport flyers there and the Q500 pilots look to be coming out in force.

Only 2 weeks later and we have our first full 3 class event at Camperdown on Feb 4th – 5th. So it all starting up for another year with the F3D world champs thrown in as well.

Check Out Complete Calendar >>>

Event Report and Photos – John Schmidli

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Quick Reference

Event Result
Photo Gallery
Season Championship
Event Calendar

Hot Stuff Model Fuels

WPMAC – Sports & Q500 Race

Happy New Year & Best Wishes for 2017!

The first Pylon Race for 2017 is at Western Port Model Aircraft Club (WPMAC) on Jan 22.
WPMAC is keen to promote Pylon Racing Events and many club members are actively building and flying Q500 & Sports Pylon models. This is also the home of Daniel Arapakis our current Australian F3D Junior Team Member.
The interest in Pylon Racing at Mornington Peninsula is possibly due to the F3D & F5D displays at Hastings Foreshore, provided by our members Barry & Beau Murphy and also Andrew Arrapakis’s encouragement of the sport.

There is also a Facebook invitation where you can indicate that you are coming.

Proposed schedule:

Saturday (21/01/2017)
- Field available for practice
- Overnight camping available

Sunday (22/01/2017)
- 8:30 AM Registration & Pylon cage setup
- 9:00 AM Field open for practice
- 9:30 AM Racing to commence

Field location details:

WPMAC is located on Woolleys Rd Crib Point. Turn left onto Woolleys Rd from Stony Point Road when coming from the Hastings direction, there is a 60km sign at that intersection for your reference point. Once travelling down Woolleys Rd, the road into the club is on your right which is located on the second large bend in the road. There are two signs at that point: one has the street names of Woolley Rd and The Esplanade and the other sign is yellow and indicates a concealed driveway. The Club farm gate is also signed with 737. Please proceed down the dirt track and welcome to a fun day of great racing!

Plus here’s a Google maps view of the entrance so you can visualize where it is.
Don’t take any notice of the street and number that Google displays as it’s not correct.

John Schmidli/Allan Swift