1. Gary Schmidt
2. Mike Helsel
3. Randy Bridge
4. Dub Jett
5. Joe Hodgin
6. Bill Johanson
7. Marcus Blanchard
8. Moe Vereecke
9. AJ Seaholm
10. Salvador Barrios
Fast time: Lee Von Der Hay (0: 58. 44),
Fast-time caller: Terence Palaschuk,
Precision landing: Steve Baker, Maryland
Fast-time fly-off: Matias Salar, California
These nice trophies were custom built to award to the race winners.
The racers gathered for a group photo at the
beginning of the first race day.
Click here to view dozens of
bonus photos from the event.
Fast forward to 2012, when a couple of friends invited me
to fly at a place that I didn’t even know existed. That place
was the Old Julian Airport (OJA), nestled deep in the middle
of Julian, North Carolina. Owned by Mike Langlois of Aero
Racing Engines, OJA is a beautiful flying site, specifically set
up for three-pole Pylon Racing.
Mike and Jim Katz and a host of volunteers have groomed
the property into a one-of-a-kind racing facility, complete with
a lighting system and a short, paved runway affectionately
nicknamed ... well you’ll have to visit to find out what it’s
With help from friends, I scrounged together a Quickie 500
racer and competed in my first three-pole race. During the
race weekend I also had my first glimpse into the world of
Quarter 40 (Q- 40), and watched in awe at these incredibly
fast airplanes racing in tight formation around the pylons. I was
instantly hooked, and marveled that this beautiful site was so
close to my home.
Imagine my surprise and excitement when I found out
that the first National Miniature Pylon Racing Association
(NMPRA) Q- 40 World Championship race was to be held
at OJA. Q- 40 is a different ball game from the Quickie 500.
Q- 40 models are scaled-down airplanes, based on full-scale
racers, and feature composite airframes.
26 Model Aviation MARCH 2014