Racing on a Shoestring
Formula One air racing rules were introduced in 1947, stipulating a maximum 200 cubic inch engine capacity, and weight and wing area minima, as an accessible alternative to the expensive and hazardous Unlimited class. The Shoestring was one successful design, and plans were sold to homebuilders. G-GBFI was built in France, hotbed of European F1 racing, as F-PYXC and has been purchased by Trevor Jarvis in the hope of rejuvenating the British scene: he flew it for GB Air Racing at the 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup. It is being assessed for a Light Aircraft Association permit and should be thrilling spectators next year.
Trevor Jarvis hopes to rejuvenate the British Formula One scene with this French-built Shoestring, a modified version of the American original (below)