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From the Archives — 50 Years Ago, Guelph Pilot Sets Speed Record
By Ian Brown, Editor
February 2020 - Harry Barr, EAA 7134, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, has broken the International Class C.I.a speed record for three kilometers in his Cassutt Racer, CF-BBS. He averaged 160.93 mph for four runs, easily topping the old record of 136.19 mph. Harry's airplane was powered by a Continental A-80 and had the larger "sport" wing. It is being modified to more competitive Formula One specifications. A try for the Canadian "class" altitude record at the same time failed by just 900 feet.
A quick search showed that the aircraft was first registered in 1967 and then re-registered in 1991 to an owner in Cap de la Madelaine, Quebec, as C-FBBS. It's not currently in the aircraft registry, so probably not flying. If anyone has any info, please let our readers know. I learned to fly in Guelph but never knowingly met Harry Barr. — Ed
Incidentally, there was a list of all active chapters in the same issue of EAA Sport Aviation. For Canada, the listing of 21 chapters was as follows:
Alberta: 30, 298
British Columbia: 85
Nova Scotia: 305
Ontario: 41, 65, 112, 115, 164, 185, 189, 199, 205, 245, 247, 299
Quebec: 173, 254, 266
As you will see, the oldest chapter is Edmonton, Alberta, Chapter 30, founded in 1958. Chapter 30 is also the oldest international chapter of EAA.