Starter Kit : Introduction to Pylon Racing

Welcome to Club 2000 : AIR RACING MADE SIMPLE

The general preconception of many modellers to model aircraft racing is that it is fast, noisy and somewhat dangerous. That may have been so in the past, but this is now. Forget everything that has gone before in pylon racing.

With the dawning of the new millennium a brave decision has been taken in order to give pylon racing a fresh feel and make it far easier for the newcomer to participate. Club 20 racing which was immensely popular when it was first introduced in the mid seventies has taken a fresh look at what made it so successful in its early years, and has therefore decided to return to its origins to bring you a new class called Club 2000.

It is sure to appeal to a large number of modellers who have thought that they would like to give racing a try but have been put off by the complexity or possible expense of existing classes. The New Club 2000 class is both simple, quiet and very club field friendly. Gone are the out and out high performance and sometimes high cost, models of yesterday, and in their place a very civilized and appealing new type of racing aircraft that would not look out of place on any club field has been introduced.

The new model rules allow for only one type of airframe, which will be a box section type fuselage, fitted with a parallel chord wing. The models will be very similar looking (though smaller), to the already successful Quiet 500 class. Either electric power or a Thunder Tiger 25, SC 25, Magnum 25, Irvine 25 r/c, ASP 25 or OS FX 25 can only be used to power the Club 2000 class models, and the only propeller allowed by the rules for electric is 8 X 6 or for IC is a 9 x 6 manufactured by Radio Active Models. Click on "Open Class" for more details. By making the choice of engine and prop so rigid it is virtually guaranteed that pilot ability to be the deciding factor in race results, the differences in speed between the models themselves will be negligible.

Judging by the crowds that seem attracted to pylon racing at the British nationals I am sure that a large number of modellers have at some time thought about giving racing ago. The thing that seems to stop them is the fact that they will have to accumulate a lot of building and flying skills in a short time if they wish to become competitive. That will be a thing of the past now with the introduction of Club 2000. Next year you to could be flying at the Nationals.

As from next season this new class means that all newcomers as well as experienced old hands will have to learn the ropes from scratch. In order for the class to be competitive for the newcomer from the word go the one engine / propeller combination should alleviate all the setting up problems that sometimes bewilder the newcomer. Hard to obtain and sometimes difficult to set up powerful engines will now be a thing of the past. Now it will be straight out of the box and onto the model. Could it get any simpler?

The order of the day is now that anyone can come along to a Club 2000 meeting and be able to compete from the word go. No longer will it be in the modellers with the greatest resources at his command that is going to have an advantage. This is not simply some beginner's class that has been attached on to an already established class. The Club 20 Associations members have put away their old style models and all flyers, as of now will be flying this new class of model. 

Club Twenty has always been the best organized of the air racing classes and effective organization can be ensured for this new class, with heats, semi finals and a final for each of the three groups guaranteed. Close competitive and I am sure extremely exciting racing will be the order of the day as these evenly matched models will no doubt balance out the contrasting abilities of all those taking part. 

If you have ever wanted to take up competitive flying this is now of the best time to try your hand. They are no points for style or grace. The only judge is that which is most critical, the stop watch. For those that are interested the rules are given later, as I am sure you will notice they are few and simple.

Many of the experienced Club 20 flyers are taking part in this new class of racing. So as in many aero modelling contests, flyers will be divided into groups of similar ability. This will allow the absolute beginner to compete on level terms with other newcomers. 

Any newcomers will be made most welcome, and be encouraged to ask as many questions about course flying techniques etc as they like. The major appeal of this new class for the newcomer to racing is that for the year 2000 everyone will be a beginner with this type of model.

So don't just sit there and dream about racing, get in at the beginning of what will turn out to be one of the most popular classes of racing in the future, and don't forget that the model will also double for a club field plane as well. It will be quiet enough to please the strictest of noise limits and I can guarantee that the club regulars will never guess it is a pylon racer.

The model could not be simpler to build. There will be a free plan in the Model Flyer magazine designed by David Boddington. Some of you may remember that David was responsible for the original Club 20 class over twenty years ago. It is only fitting that he should be involved in in the brand new class of racing. 

If you would rather build from a kit, there are both wooden and fibre glass versions available, both with foam veneered wings.  There is now a completely built and finished plane from Michael Toyer.  Click on the Club 2000 button on the main site page.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join in the fun.