First Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons

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In its 45th year of pub­li­ca­tion, Model Air­plane News, along with the Cir­cus Cir­cus casino, cospon­sored and re­ported on the first in­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons (TOC) aer­o­batic com­pe­ti­tion. In his March 1975 RC News col­umn, Art Schroeder in­tro­duced the now­fa­mous Las Ve­gas–based event. Walt Schroder (then Model Air­plane News pub­lisher) and Cir­cus Cir­cus pres­i­dent Bill Ben­nett for­mu­lated the ba­sic for­mat in the fall of 1974. In its ini­tial in­car­na­tion, the TOC was an FAI Class D pat­tern event that drew 32 in­ter­na­tional con­tes­tants (21 from the USA) for a shot at the $11,000 prize purse. To­gether with the con­test di­rec­tor Jerry Nel­son, chief judge Jim “Doc” Edwards, and the host or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Las Ve­gas RC Club, Walt and Bill set the stan­dard for aer­o­batic ex­cel­lence that lasted un­til 2002, for a to­tal of 18 cham­pi­onships. Who was the win­ner? Hanno Pret­tner from Aus­tria with his Su­per Si­coroly (fea­tured on the cover).

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