Air Racing Over Reno: The Fastest Motorsport in the World

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The National Championship Air Races were revived at Reno, Nevada, in 1964 after a 14-year hiatus. Here, racing teams push the envelope of aerodynamic improvements and modify their 2,000- and 3,000-horsepower engines in an attempt to wring out every ounce of speed to carry them to the winner?s circle. In the Unlimited class, many racers are extracting more than double the manufacturer?s recommended horsepower to turn speeds in the 480- to 490-mph range. Today, racers in six classes (Formula 1, biplane, sport, T-6,...
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Overview

The National Championship Air Races were revived at Reno, Nevada, in 1964 after a 14-year hiatus. Here, racing teams push the envelope of aerodynamic improvements and modify their 2,000- and 3,000-horsepower engines in an attempt to wring out every ounce of speed to carry them to the winner’s circle. In the Unlimited class, many racers are extracting more than double the manufacturer’s recommended horsepower to turn speeds in the 480- to 490-mph range. Today, racers in six classes (Formula 1, biplane, sport, T-6, jets, and Unlimiteds) compete for top honors. For the first time, this volume presents the races as seen by those who are there. All six racing classes are shown in detail. Richly illustrated with scenes from the competition in Nevada’s high desert, photographer Handleman shows the races from an angle that only someone with behind-the-scenes access can deliver: aircraft turning the pylons at nearly 500-mph speeds, to racers in the pits being fine-tuned for the next race to the heartbreak when a $100,000 Rolls-Royce 12-cylinder engine is pushed beyond its limits – ending a team’s chance for the Gold race trophy and prize money. Also shown are the cockpits, nose art, and static display aircraft of the Reno Air Races.

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Air Shows
This is Handleman's third book on the Reno Air Races and easily his best. Combined with his outstanding photos, his deep familiarity with the subject matter provides readers with a real sense of being there on the ramp during the races.
Internet Modeler
For those interested in air racing, this is a nice addition to the library.
—Chris Banyai-Riepl
Modeling Madness
As a reader, you get drawn into the work and it gives you a great look at what goes on.
—Scott Van Aken
Sportsman Pilot
The photographs alone are worth the price - about 135 color shots spread throughout the book's 128 pages.
The Midwest Book Review
Air Racing Over Reno is the fascinating, deftly written, and informative story of this unique aviation event and very highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in aviation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071123
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Handleman has been an active private pilot for more than 35 years and currently owns and flies two aircraft of military lineage, including an open-cockpit biplane primary trainer of World War II vintage. His deep attachment to the world of flight is reflected in the 19 aviation-related books he has written, including two previous works on the Reno Air Races.
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