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Old 09-10-2019, 02:15 PM
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If you're going to Reno for the vendors you're missing the point of the whole event! It's all about the airplanes and the races. At least, that's the way I see it. When I go, I don't spend 10 minutes looking at the vendors. But I spend the whole week in the pits, looking at the airplanes and talking to the pilots and mechanics. (And sometimes getting my hands dirty if someone needs some help.) It's that kind of event.

No, it's not Oshkosh or SnF. It's not meant to be, and that's a good thing!
Ditto here. The only vendor I pay attention to is the margarita stand.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:27 PM
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Ditto here. The only vendor I pay attention to is the margarita stand.
The guy with the teriyaki bowl is pretty good too! Other than that, back to the pits!!
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:38 PM
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I went two years ago and don't think I will go back. None of the vendors that I saw had air plane stuff. it's not snf or osh by any means. Lots of t shirts and craft stuff and food. It was expenses, long walk from parking. I had pit passes which helped a little to see the planes up close. Ya, It was on my list also so we did it once. Carson City was more fun for our group of four. The Daytona 500 was more interesting to me. Just saying!
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:46 PM
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I enjoyed wandering around the pits the times that I went but I was surprised how few vendors of aircraft parts and etc. we?re there.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:02 AM
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I enjoyed wandering around the pits the times that I went but I was surprised how few vendors of aircraft parts and etc. we?re there.
As has been pointed out above, this isn?t a show like Airventure or SnF - there is never any intent on the part of RARA to bring in lots of vendors. A few who are unique supporters of racing do show up - but they are just a few vendors. So my advice is that if you?re looking to go buy things like at a big show...the races aren?t the place for that.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:43 PM
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Formula One and Biplane races start early. I think around 0800.
Reno is not what it once was. Slow decline since the accident in 2011. The most significant factor is the outrageous cost of fielding a competitive Unlimited comparted to the pathetic winnings. Some Unlimited owners have admitted to spending 1 mil a year. Even that does not reflect current costs. So it unlikely that a return of the top unlimited will ever occur. The limited good news is that Sport Class is the future of Reno IF Reno survives.
It costs a million just to put together a true race Merlin engine..

Sport class is awesome, with a lot of guys over 350mph now.. Fastest RV this year is an RV-8 at 277mph qualifying speed..
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:25 PM
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Although there is no longer the R^3 BBQ on the field after the races on Saturday, there are enough of us RV'ers there that we could do some kind of get-together for dinner Saturday. I am somewhat familiar with Reno eateries, and no doubt there will be some locals too that can suggest even more. Casa Grande mexican on Robb, Mi Casa Too mexican on 4th, Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks are some possibilities.

Maybe we could meet at a rendezvous point at RTS and car pool. Some of us who fly in may not have cars.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:44 PM
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Add the Hometown Cafe, 9251 Lemmon Dr, Reno, NV 89506 to the list for breakfast and lunch. They open early (630 AM) during race week for the crews and die hard race fans, Good you 'betcha food, servers that are likely to address you as "hon".

Something I like to do in the quiet of the afternoon is walk the F-1, Sport, and Bi-Plane pits, squat down and really look at what these class racers do to reduce every bit of drag they can get. Some of the fairings have been reported to be Coors Lite cartons and tape the night before. Just say'n, never seen it myself of course. On the other hand the use of composites is amazing. Drop by Phantoms pit and take a look at how a pretty stock biplane with an IO-360 was remade into something that turns laps at 245.009 this past Monday. Some of the techniques used on the aircraft might be usable to squeak a bit more speed out of an RV.

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Old 09-11-2019, 05:55 PM
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This is from the entry list, doesn't mean all will be there.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:23 PM
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Follow along here:

http://reports.airrace.org/index.html


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