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August 2023

Sport Class “Next Generation Air Racing” Takes Flight at Madras Oregon Airshow of the Cascades

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At the Central Oregon Airshow of the Cascades in Madras, Oregon this past weekend,
the Sport Air Racing Council (“SARC”), a subsidiary of Sport Class Air Racing
Association (“Sport Class”), earned FAA accreditation as an Air Race Organization
(“ARO”). SARC President Bill Beaton said “we are pleased to be recognized by the FAA
as an ARO, which allows us to conduct single-class air racing events on approved race
courses at select new venues”. He added, “it is an important development in the sport of
Air Racing, that supports a path of smaller races that generate knowledge of, and
excitement about, the National Championship Air Races, historically hosted by the Reno
Air Racing Association each September.”
The Madras airport hosted its 23rd annual Airshow of the Cascades August 25-26th, which
included a demonstration of air racing on a 4 mile course. Rick Allen, Airshow Director,
shared the excitement and offered congratulations: “We are proud to be the Biggest Little
Airshow, home airport of the Erickson Collection, and now the ‘Birthplace of Next
Generation Air Racing’. Aviation enthusiasts and Airshow fans were treated to
‘NASCAR in the sky’, with high-performance, kit-built airplanes flying around the
pylons, and we are keen to see more of it”.
“Our Sport Race Class has dreamed big, and worked hard to expand and have more places
to conduct air races safely, to share our sport with more Air Race and Airshow Fans, and
to keep our race pilot proficiency high”, said Sport Class President Bob Mills. “We have
over 60 qualified race pilots, 25 years of experience in pylon air racing programs,
structured ARO capabilities, and now exciting new venues for race teams to show what
they’ve got”, added Mills.
The next opportunity to see Sport Class and other class racers pushing 400 mph and more,
in what the Reno Air Race Association and Race Fans call “The World’s Fastest Motor
Sport”, is September 13-18, 2023 at the Reno National Championship Air Races, held at
Reno Stead Airport.

   For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact:
Bill Beaton
Sport Air Racing
Ph. 403-829-9722
[email protected]

Rick Allen
Airshow of the
Ph. 541-815-4380
[email protected]

Bob Mills
Sport Class Air Racing
Ph. 775-544-3511 [email protected]

Sport Air Racing Council air race demonstration at the 2023 Airshow of the Cascades, Madras, OR

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The Sport Air Racing Council are excited to confirm that we will be holding a demonstration air race at the 2023 Airshow of the Cascades at 3pm on Saturday, August 26.

This will be the Sport Air Racing Council’s first demonstration event as part of our evolution to becoming a certified Air Race Organization (ARO). The design for the 4.1 mile race course has been completed by our design team and has been approved by the FAA. The maximum design G load is 3.5G, which will make for some great racing!

The following experienced Sport Class racers have stepped up and have been selected to take part:

49     Bob Mills              – RV Super 6
3       Sean VanHatten – RV4
744  Tommy Ishii         – RV8
314   Scott Prewitt       – F1 Rocket
35     Shawn Jordan     – RV4
54     Steve Senegal      – RVS8
270  Dan West              – RV8
80    Skylor Piper         – RV8


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