September 17, 2013 - Steve Hinton grabbed his fifth consecutive Unlimited Gold championship Sunday at the 50th National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, flying the P-51 Mustang Voodoo an average speed of 482.1 mph to edge arguably one of the best racing fields in the event's history.
Hinton, of Chino, California, flew around the pylons at historic Stead Field about 8 mph faster than Matt Jackson, of Northridge, California, who piloted Hinton's former ride, the P-51 Strega, to a 474.926 mph average. Coming in third was Sherman Smoot, of Templeton, California, in the Yak 11 Czech Mate, coming in at 455.77 mph. See the complete race results.
Other Gold race results:
Formula One Class: Vito Wypraechtiger of Bern, Switzerland, the Cassutt III-M Scarlet Screamer, 240.26 mph; Steve Senegal of San Bruno, California, in the David Hoover AR-6 Endeavor, 239.986 mph; and Justin Phillipson of Chico, California, in the Cassutt Outrageous, 232.188 mph
Biplane Class: Tom Aberle of Fallbrook, California, in the modified Mong Sport Phantom, 254.242 mph; Karl Grove of Riverside, California, in the Pitts S-1C Drag Racer, 203.881 mph; and Jake Stewart of Benbrook, Texas, in the Pitts S-1 Bad MoJo, 199.498 mph
Sport Class: Jeff LaVelle of Mukilteo, Washington, in the Glasair III Race 39, 394.334 mph; John Parker of Reno, Nevada, in the Thunder Mustang Blue Thunder II, 373.179 mph; David Sterling of San Diego, California, in the Lancair Legacy L2K, 351.916 mph
T-6 Class: Dennis Buehn, EAA 168777/Warbirds 2637, of Carson City, Nevada, in Midnight Miss III, 245.56 mph; John Lohmar of Euless, Texas, in Radial Velocity, 244.638 mph; Chris Rushing of San Clemente, California, in Baron's Revenge, 239.082 mph
Jet Class: Pete Zaccagnino of Park City, Utah, in the L-29 Delfin Just Lucky, 509.9 mph; Rick Vandam of Reno, Nevada, in the L-39 Albatros American Spirit, 504.115 mph; Phil Fogg of Tualatin, Oregon, in the L-39 Fast Company, 485.479 mph
"This year was truly an honor for the Reno Air Races," said Mike Houghton, CEO and president of the Reno Air Racing Association. "We welcomed some of the best aviators in the industry to race, watch, and/or take part in our 50th event. We appreciate all of the fans, competitors, performers, volunteers, and sponsors for making this a memorable year."
It was also a very memorable Reno for EAA, which welcomed several hundred members to its hospitality tent on the flightline. More than 100 people joined the association, including several new lifetime members.
At the Saturday evening fundraising program, "An Evening With Mavericks and Legends," EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker spoke about Young Eagles and its importance in creating the next generation of aviators.
Reno 2013 also honored EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, who passed away August 22, when Houghton drove RARA's replica Red One Volkswagen Beetle for display on the flightline to a cheering crowd.
Steve Hinton flew the P-51 Voodoo to his fifth straight Unlimited Gold championship in Reno last weekend.
Three icons: RARA's replica of Paul Poberezny's Red One VW parked with Bob Hoover's Ole Yeller and Clay Lacy's Miss Van Nuys at the Reno National Air Races last week.