From : Air Race Classic lands at Sporty’s
More than 100 air race pilots competing in the 36th annual Air Race
Classic descended on the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport in Ohio last
week, after flying a 2,330 nm cross-country course in four days.
Starting on June 19, the aircraft left Lake Havasu, Arizona, on a course
that would take them east, north, and finally southeast to Sporty’s.
first racers began to arrive early on Friday, June 22, and continued
streaming in throughout the day. While waiting for their fellow racers,
the women enjoyed the hospitality of Sporty’s and each other’s company.
The winning team, based on fastest handicapped speed, was Dianna Stanger
of Fort Lavaca, Texas, and Victoria Holt of Belton, Texas, who flew a
The race continues the tradition of the
transcontinental women’s air race, first held in 1929. After World War
II, the race came to be known as the Powder Puff Derby before being
reincorporated as the Air Race Classic. Famous participants through the
years include Amelia Earhart and Louise Thaden.
“These air racers
are a competitive bunch,” says Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal
Shevers. “Sporty’s was honored to host the terminus in 2001, and we’re
glad to roll out the welcome mat for such a spirited group once again.”
a major event sponsor, Sporty’s was proud to host a hangar party and
dinner on Saturday night, officials noted. Air Race Classic participants
were treated to musical entertainment by students from the University
of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and a special operatic
performance arranged by one of Sporty’s flight instructors who also is a
professor of voice at CCM. The evening concluded with a fireworks show.