During the Gold final start we experienced an accident involving our F1 racer, ‘Hot Stuff’ and a fellow competitor’s airplane.
F1 Racer pilot Thom Richard upon running the engine up in anticipation of the start, about 20 seconds before the green flag drop, the engine was not running well enough for flight,so he shut the engine down and to stop the race.
Seconds later a competitor can be seen approaching him from behind and slams into his plane, unbelievably close to his head.
The impact was violent and loud. His left leading edge shaved off the top several inches from his vertical and skimmed the turtle-deck without touching until it impacted his right hand holding up the canopy, at well over sixty miles an hour.Luckily, no one was injured