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| Vintage Diesel Combat Report
Arlington, WA, April 12 2003
There's a new "Big Kahuna" in D/Bat with all the "King of Combat" bragging rights until the next skirmish, and his name is "John The Giant Killer".
It was a wet northwest morning as we set up rain shelters, line check
and circle lines. Most of the "usual supspects" started test flying early,
and round one started with a good pursuit match with Paul Dranfield's
Chilton Warlord chasing John Morrow's regular Warlord every which way in a
By the lunch break the drizzle had really got heavy. After lunch it was plastic streamers in heavy rain for a while. The centre circle turned into slop. Casey Rule decided to really get into the heavy rain flying in his match against Paul. First slipping in the mud, and then rolling around in it whilst flying. A real combat "Mudder".
Mid-afternoon the rain finally quit for good and the finalists were decided. First semi had Paul against Robert Smith. Lots of action and good following, but no cuts, and a cruncher of a mid-air with Paul still flyable and Robert getting up after a radical tape job. Another smack-up and this time Robert's one-wing Warlord spun in on launch, giving Paul the win through to the final.
Second semi had John against Milissa in a very close match. Lots of
action and John ahead 2 cuts to 1, but with more ground time. At the end
of 5 minutes John was 13 seconds ahead to put him in the final. He was the
first person to beat Milissa who had a string of victories up until this
The final: Big, bad "John The Giant Killer" looked quietly
confident. Paul was ready, having already dispatched John in the opening
match of the day. The horn went and both pilots went on the attack. Paul
was flying all-out pushing hard to get the cuts staying right on John's
tail. John made a mistake but Paul was too close and he took the lot,
streamer and knot. Now Paul had to hide and John needed 2 cuts to nail the
victory. John calculatingly set-up his moves timing a perfect pass for one
In spite of the rain I think everyone had a good time, so we'll just
have to do it again with the weather a bit better. Next Vintage D/Bat
contest is at the Regionals, May 23 at Albany, OR, followed by the "Big
Money" Vintage D/Bat meet June 21 at Arlington, WA, and then a slightly
faster "Open D/Bat" July 12 at Arlington, WA.
|The following photo's were taken at
the Vintage Diesel Combat contest at Arilngton, WA.
USA, on April 12, 2003.
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