On the 9th and 10th July Compton played host to the Royal Aero Club Records, Racing and Rally Association. Unfortunately the weather got the better of us on the Saturday with only a brief clearance in the weather to enable the competing pilots to carry out a practice route of the course. However Sunday brought beautiful weather and the start of summer! The team managed to complete the course with 12 aircraft competing ranging from a powerful Extra 330 and a very rare amphibious aircraft.
Air racing and the setting of records came to the fore from the earliest of times, although it was not until the 1920s that it took on a formalised and more spectacular form. In Britain, royal patronage for air racing came with the annual King's Cup, first awarded by George V in 1922 and hotly contested to this day.
Races are held at venues mainly in UK with the season culminating with the determination of the British Air Racing Champion. Generally, the races comprise four or five laps of a course of 25 miles centred on an airfield, with a staggered start on handicap, designed to produce a simultaneous finish. Spectators therefore are usually able to see both the start and the finish. Races are occasionally held from point to point and from country to country.
Recent examples battling for honours range from military pilots to airline captains, businessmen, writers, travel agents, policemen and many more. The aircraft that they fly are just as varied. In speed they range from 100mph to nearly 250mph encompassing trainers through to executive twins, single seat racers to classic tourers, and homebuilts to warbirds.
If you would like to find out more please visit the website: http://www.britishairracing.com
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