Inaugural Speed Rally a huge success

Every pilot and navigator were rearing to go, not wanting to waste another second on the ground.

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The Bulletin News

On Saturday, 6 October, the first ever Speed Rally took place at Secunda Airfield organised by the Secunda Flying Club in association with SAPFA (South African Power Flying Association).
The Speed Rally, being the first of its kind, had a complete new set of rules and regulations developed which included a brand-new penalty system.
The morning started off with a delicious breakfast while some of the planes arrived for the rally later.
Once all the aircraft had landed, parked, registered and received race numbers, a briefing was given regarding the day’s planned events and safety procedures.
The airfield was bustling with family and friends of the pilots and navigators, spectators, media and the aircraft engines roaring all round.
The teams only received their planned routes 20 minutes before the race. The routes were given with so little time before the flight so that all would be discouraged to use electronic devices such as GPS.
Every pilot and navigator were rearing to go, not wanting to waste another second on the ground.
The aircraft lined up on the runway, the light turned green, the slowest aircraft took off first and off they flew one by one!
An hour and a bit later the first aircraft flew over the field and the pilots put their birds down, burning to know who won, who flew the longest route and who missed the whole course. Congratulations to Phil Wakeley and Mary de Klerk on winning the first ever Speed Rally in a Cessna 210!
Ané Prinsloo

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