Randy Ritch poses near the entrance of the
National Model Aviation Museum with the
overall National Pylon Champion trophy after
winning big at the 2015 Nats.
winning it with a family member. [I’m]
on cloud nine for sure. It is a different
feeling than it was in 2002 too. [It] felt
like a comeback—a resurgence.
JA: [It’s a] huge relief due to the
pressure that builds as you get close to
it. [It’s] tough to put into words, but
[a] real satisfying feeling, especially
knowing you beat the best there that
RR: [It’s] emotional, something
special—truly special. I’ve been going
to the Nats for a long time, on and off
for the last 40 years. I don’t usually get
emotional, but was that day.
AS: Is there anything else you would like
to tell our readers?
MB: Pylon Racing has been a big part
of my life with my son. [It’s a] good
family event and competition. If you’re
just getting started, work at it, learn
how to trim the airplane, and get a
good caller. Win or lose, it’s a great
JA: Special thanks [to] Dan, Mike, and
Pete for putting on a quality event. You
go to the Nats knowing it’s going to be
a good contest because of those people.
It’s worth it to put in the effort to be
prepared to do as well as possible. The
Nats is great, win or lose.
RR: The Nats is special. I hope other
people can experience it. The other
thing I’d say is don’t give up.
We were at the team trials for
Control Line the week before the
Pylon Nats. My 13-year-old son, Rylan,
and I spent a lot of time prepping for
that event. He and two other Juniors
were trying out. He lost out to another
competitor by the narrowest of
Sunday night, we were down and
out, wondering why it happened like it
did. It was a low point for both of us,
but I tried to explain to him that you
have to persevere.
Fast-forward to Thursday and we
were on the top [of] the world after
so many years [of] attending the Pylon
Nats. [It was an] emotional week for
sure. Big thanks to my father, Dick
Ritch, for getting me into models.
Congratulations Marcus, Jim, and
National Miniature Pylon Racing Association
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