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Offline bill bischoff

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Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« on: October 11, 2016, 09:10:47 PM »

This was one of the best contests I have ever been a part of. It had everything. Great weather-Check! Great turnout-Check! Great competition-Check! We had light winds and temperatures in the 70's. We had people from Texas, Kansas, Georgia, Charlie Johnson came in from California, and Paul Gibeault and Les Akre even came down from Alberta Canada! We had five events with five different winners. We literally finished up at sunset. It was a beautiful thing.

We ran the events in order of most to least demanding for the pilots. This, coupled with the mild weather, allowed the busy pilots to make it through the entire day. Quickie Rat was first, with six entries. Paul Gibeault was top qualifier, followed closely by Bill Lee and Les Akre. Since Les and Paul (the Les Paul team for you guitar players) were working together and both made the finals, Bill Bischoff stepped in to fly for Les, and Mike Greb pitted for Paul. Les took the checkered flag with a 6:13.

Super slow rat was next with six entries. The Les Paul team flew Bill Bischoff's spare model, powered by Les Akre's Brodak 25. In one heat, the Lee airplane got together with the Barnes airplane. One ran out of fuel just as the other was taking off, and they both tried to occupy the same airspace. We all know how that works out! Bill Bischoff had a clean race to record a 5:14 for the win.

Twelve contestants entered Sportsman Goodyear.  Paul Gibeault borrowed an airplane and engine from Bill Bischoff, and showed his good manners by letting Bill beat him by a second. Charlie Johnson pitted for his former California cohort Allen Deveuve. Les Akre had a Norvel BigMig 15 powered Stinger that started well and was plenty fast. Unfortunately, Les had to pull out of the final when the Norvel's connecting rod galled on the crank pin. Mike Greb gave Bill Lee a good run for his money, but Bill prevailed with an excellent 8:13.

The four Fox/ Goldberg contestants elected to just fly the 140 lap finals. Patrick Hempel won with a sub-10 minute time. The Barnes entry hadn't made their last pit stop by the end of 140 laps, and had to make 18 extra laps. Otherwise, their time would have obviously been much better. Dale retired at his last pit stop, and Melvin was a no-start.

Mouse had nine entries, and some close racing. Unfortunately, we had a bit of an incident in the final. I was flying for Melvin, and we were on the ground pitting. Paul was flying for Les, and came in for a pit. Even though Melvin's wingtip was down and the lines were on the ground, Paul snagged on our lines. As event director, my judgement was that no one was at fault, and I simply let the race continue. Reviewing the rules later, I found that Les and Melvin should have been given a re-fly. This was my mistake, and I apologize to Les and Melvin. I hope it didn't tarnish the overall experience for either of them.

And now, the gory details...

Quickie Rat               heat                 final
1)Les Akre              3:07.96      6:13.85
2)Bill Lee              3:05.12      6:40.44
3)Paul Gibeault      3:00.69      102 laps
4)Bill Bischoff      3:24.80
5)Charles Barnes      3:35.69
6)Melvin Schuette   0 laps

Super Slow Rat      100 laps
1)Bill Bischoff      5:14.61
2)Mike Greb              5:39.34
3)Charles Barnes      5:45.18
4)Dale Gleason      6:02.84
5)Les Akre              6:03.26
6)Bill Lee              6:04.10

Sport Goodyear       heat               final
 1)Bill Lee              4:07.25      8:13.97
 2)Mike Greb      4:11.61      8:21.18
 3)Les Akre              4:10.81      58 laps
 4)Bill Bischoff      4:13.75
 5)Paul Gibeault      4:14.46
 6)Patrick Hempel      4:20.97
 7)Allen Deveuve      4:25.15
 8)Chuck Barnes      4:46.08
 9)Charles Barnes      4:46.35
10)Raymond Blanchard   4:50.02
11)Melvin Schuette   5:32.68
12)Dale Gleason      47 laps

Fox Goldberg      final
1)Patrick Hempel      9:51.71
2)Charles Barnes      11:17.52   
3)Dale Gleason      129 laps
4)Melvin Schuette    0 laps

Mouse I         heat               final
1)Melvin Schuette   2:29.95      5:09.60
2)Bill Lee              2:23.03      5:13.25
3)Les Akre              2:33.27      5:19.34
4)Patrick Hempel      2:33.61
5)Chuck Barnes      2:35.
6)Charles Barnes      2:39.69
7)Mike Greb              2:41.01
8)Bill Bischoff      2:50.54
9)Paul Gibeault      3 laps

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Re: Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 08:31:50 PM »
A couple of pictures by Charlie Johnson.

Mousers: Melvin Schuette, Bill Bischoff, Les Akre, Paul Gibeault, Mike Greb, and Patrick Hempel.

Mouse final: Paul Gibeault, Patrick Hempel, Bill Bischoff (hidden)

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Re: Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2016, 06:21:45 PM »
More pic's by Charlie Johnson

1) Bill Bischoff, Charles Barnes, and Paul Gibeault fly Quickie Rat
2) Things get a little more serious
3)The elder Charles Barnes pits a Quickie Rat for the younger Charles Barnes

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Re: Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2016, 06:27:13 PM »
4)Mike Greb pits for Paul Gibeault in the Quickie Rat final
5)Les Akre pits his entry in the Quickie final. Bill B is on the handle
6)Paul Gibeault, Dale Gleason, and Bill Bischoff fly Super Slow Rat

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Re: Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2016, 06:31:57 PM »
7)Melvin Schuette and Phil Dunlap pit Dale Gleason's Super Fly Super Slow Rat
8)Mike Greb pits his Super Slow Rat
9)Bill Lee and Patrick Hempel with Bill's winning Miss San Bernardino Sportsman Goodyear entry

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Re: Dallas Fall Finale 2016
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2016, 06:40:15 PM »
10)Charlie Johnson pitted Allen Deveuve's Polecat in Sportsman Goodyear
11)Paul Gibeault, Mike Greb, and Charles Barnes fly a Mouse heat
12)Les Akre pits his Streaker Mouse racer


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