September 17, 2014 - Steven Hinton, Jr. won his sixth consecutive Breitling Unlimited Gold championship at last weekend’s Reno National Air Races held at Reno-Stead Field, Nevada. The Chino, California, pilot flew the P-51D Mustang Voodoo, to an average speed of 462.926 mph to clinch the title.
Other Gold race winners included: Formula One, Steve Senegal, EAA 478025, from San Bruno, California, in the AR-6 Endeavor with an average speed of 252.090 mph; Biplane, Jake Stewart from Benbrook, Texas, in the Pitts S-1 Bad Mojo, 225.022 mph; Jet, Phil Fogg of Tualatin, Oregon in the L-39 Fast Company, 495.244 mph; Sport, Jeff LaVelle from Mukilteo, Washington, in Glasair III Race 39, 398.960 mph; and T-6, Dennis Buehn, EAA 168777/Warbirds 2637, from Fallon, Nevada, with AT-6 Midnight Miss III, 239.163 mph.
Several other EAAers placed, including:
- Elliot Seguin, EAA 841245, Mojave, California, placing fourth on the Formula One in his Wasabi Special Siren, 229.256 mph;
- Jeff Rose, EAA 562882/IAC 435991, Carmichael, California, fourth in the Biplanes category with the Mong Reno Rabbit, 205.573 mph;
- Pete Zaccagnino, EAA 429178, Park City, Utah, fourth in Jets in the L-39 Violated, 439.680 mph;
- Peter Balmer, EAA 857886, Interlaken, Switzerland, third in Sport - Thunder Mustang Clas Thunder I, 317.900 mph;
- Vince Walker, EAA 449591/IAC 20877, Boulder, Colorado, fourth in Sport in the Lancair Legacy L2K Modo Mio, 307.762 mph;
- John Lohmar, EAA Lifetime 220061, Euless, Texas, second in T-6 with SNJ-5 Radial Velocity, 237.853 mph;
- Sherman Smoot, EAA 1034367/Warbirds 594716, Templeton, California, second in Unlimited, Yak 11 Czech Mate, 458.856 mph;
- Dennis Sanders, EAA 299945/Warbirds 41, Ione, California, third in Unlimited, TMK 20 Sea Fury Dreadnought, 419.394 mph;
- and Curt Brown, EAA 398832/Warbirds 15420/IAC 18833, Hudson, Wisconsin, fourth Unlimited, TMK 20 Sea Fury Sawbones, 415.685 mph.
The Reno National Championship Air Races paid tribute to Lee Behel, EAA Lifetime 278620, with a missing man formation during Thursday's welcoming ceremony. Behel, of San Jose, California, died on September 8 when his Sport Class GP-5 Sweet Dreams crashed during a qualifying heat.