My biggest regret was in a flight to warm up the judges and the wind was near 90 mph. OK,. it sure seemed that fast. Well I crashed doing the vertical eight. I didn't feel too bad as the next flight crashed in the square eights and that was Derek. We were NOT happy campers that day. Typical cold windy King Orange.
Wait a minute, I thought you crashed on the third inside round? Wherever it was in the pattern, that was the hardest hit I have ever seen. Parts of the engine went about 300 feet from the point of impact. Weather channel reported gusts to 35 mph at Gainsville that day, it must have been about the same in Starke.
I think myself and William Davis (who won) were the only ones to complete some semblance of the whole pattern that day. I remember Derek roaring with laughter as his ARF P-40 plunged toward the ground, shedding pieces as it went. It was the perfect storm of abundant ARFs and horrendous wind to pile up the mangled airplanes!