Rac­ing on a Shoe­string

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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)

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