Event Report – Westernport Q500 & Sports, March 2024

 Back on March 17th, the VMPRA went to the Western Port Model Aircraft Club for a one-day sports and Quickie 500 pylon race. The weather was absolutely fantastic that day. Unlike some events we’ve held at this field, there was only a light breeze.

The idea of this day was to fly Quickie 500 as part of our championship and then have a “come try” fly pylon racing day with sports models. We were very pleased to see two local competitors turn up, Justin Trist and Wayne Gorsuch. We flew seven rounds of Quickie and seven rounds of sports.

Tony Eichstadt’s daughters came down to see him fly. We ended up roping Amy into helping on the computer. She took to it like a duck to water and was a great help throughout the day.

Looking at the results, we were getting unusually fast times. We soon discovered that the course had been set up as a short course by accident, which explained this.

Thanks to all VMPRA members who attended this event and helped make it a success. Overall, it was a great day, and thanks to the Westernport Club for hosting, catering, and providing the pylons junges.

Next, we have a similar Quickie 500 and Sports Pylon race at Mount Wallace State Field on the 7th of April. Again, it’s a one-day event, and we’d love to get as many VMPRA members as possible there. Even if you’re not going to fly, it would be great to have help and to promote pylon racing to other members of the Aeromodelling fraternity.

Our next full three-class event will be on the 20th and 21st of April at Hamilton. We’ll see you there.


Class – Q500

1st Mike Kellet
2nd Jim Orenshaw
3rd John Schmidli

Fastest Time (Red Box): 86.91 John Schmidli (Course was at least 40 metres shorter than it should have been
No. of competitors: 7

Class – Sports

1st Justin Trist
2nd Wayne Gorsuch

Season Championship


Jim Orenshaw and Eddie Rich have both moved up one place to First and Third, respectively. John Schmidli dropped from first to second place.

1st – Jim Orenshaw
2nd – John Schmidli
3rd – Eddie Rich

Next Class Race – Western Port – Q500 & Sports (Come Try) Race.

April 7 @ Mount Wallace. Racing starts at 10 am. Come with enough time to setup and test fly prior.
Website:  www.mwmaa.org/
Location: The club is Mount Wallace Model Aero Club
Brisbane Ranges Rd, Mount Wallace.
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Next 3 Class Race (F3D, F3T & Q500) – Hamilton, April 20-21.

A heap of new races has been added to the calendar, so make sure you put them in your diary. These are not to be missed.


Report  – John Schmidli.
Photos – John Schmidli.

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