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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedSpeed record set in AirVenture Cup Race
By Ric Reynolds
 
Canadian Marty Abbott, flying the race 104 Turbine Lancair Legend C-GUTT, averaged 401.09 mph in Sunday's running of the AirVenture Cup Race from Mitchell, South Dakota, to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. That marked the first time a plane had eclipsed the 400 mph barrier in average speed, said race co-chairman Eric Whyte.

"We also had the third most aircraft participating," he said, with 61 originally entered and 51 eventually racing. Airplanes, all homebuilts, were split into 16 classes-also an all-time high.

Whyte said the city of Mitchell rolled out the red carpet for racers. "They had an airport open house on Saturday, and 2,000 from the local community attended," he said. There was a Learn to Fly information booth, and the state's Department of Transportation participated as well. Racers also flew 251 Young Eagles.

EAA Chapter 289 from Sioux Falls did a fly-in breakfast on Saturday to kick off the open house. The Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau also got behind the event. "The idea was to promote GA, and we succeeded," Whyte added.

AirVenture Cup Race Winners

Class

Pilot(s)

Aircraft

Tail Number

Average Speed (mph)

Unlimited Class

Paul & Pam Tackabury

Lancair IV

N94PT

344.59

Turbine Class

Marty Abbott

Turbine Legend

C-GUTT

401.09

Sport Class

Harry Hinckley

SX-300

N301E

312.36

Sport LX Class

Lee & Jay Behel

Lancair Legacy

N138A

331.16

Sport FX Class

Tom Martin

Rocket F1 Evo

C-GEVO

262.21

Formula RG Blue

Mark Quinn & Will Benjamin

Lancair 360

N3QU

240.40

Formula RG Red

Craig Schulze & Jordan Schulze

Lancair 320

N73S

229.69

Formula FX Blue

Bruce Hammer & Steve Hammer

Glasair I TD

N91LH

255.74

Formula FX Red

Red Hamilton & Marilyn Boese

Wittman W-10

N374WT

223.01

RV Gold

Dave & Diane Anders

RV-4

N230A

240.58

RV Blue

Jon Ross

RV-8

N207RV

217.51

RV Red

Chris Murphy

RV-4

N117CM

199.09

Sprint Class

Klaus Savier & Jenny Tackabury

VariEze

N57LG

241.47

Sprint LSA Class

Lynn Matteson

Kitfox IV

N369LM

106.92

Sportsman

Jeff Lange

Sonerai I

N1463J

183.06

Sportsman KR

Mark Langford

Rand KR-2S

N56ML

177.99

Full results timesheet (PDF)

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