Biplane Gold

Andrew Buehler tells what it was like out there moments after winning Biplane Gold--again.

Surprising absolutely no one, Andrew Buehler started first, immediately began lapping nearly everyone and finished first in today's Biplane Gold race. Flying Phantom, the modified beyond recognition Mong Sport he's co-owned with Tom Aberle since the beginning, Buehler capped a trouble-free Reno year in all-conquering fashion. Certainly Phantom is one of the winningist race planes of all time, and has taken Tom Aberle into the ranks of the most successful pilots in Reno history.

Behind Phantom the new combination of Scott Thomson in Second Hand--a newly built Pitts Special--managed third at 192 mph. He was lead by John D'Alessandris in the RB Special at 200 mph for second place.

The close racing was at the back of the pack; biplane regulars Tony Hilga, Alan Hoover and Eric Zine finishing on top of each other, all at 177 mph.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a professional magazine writer and nurtures an ongoing affair with all things internal combustion. His writing is most often found in automotive magazines, but aviation is his first love. Working as a line boy, he learned to fly while in high school, but still hasn't mastered the art of keeping a paper chart in an open cockpit.

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