Granite State Invitational


MAY 21, 2006 – FRANKLIN, NH – The Granite State Invitational is the first of  two 2006 contests scheduled to be held in Franklin, New Hampshire this season. Ten contestants were on hand for this event hosted and cd’ed by Jeff Vader.  Jeff had coffee and doughnuts waiting for everyone as we arrived.   Weather conditions were warm, not hot, early in the day, followed by clouds and then rain towards mid-afternoon.

Round one saw Glenn Simpson and Rick Clark get off to fast starts with 830 and 725 point wins respectively.  Glenn and Rick faced off in round two with Glenn getting past Rick two cuts to one. At the half way point Glenn had the lead followed by Dick Sherman and Neil Simpson who both had also turned in two good scores. In round three Glenn and Dick mid-aired while Neil got past Rick with a one cut win. Round three would be the last round as the rains came. The final order of finish was Neil, Glenn, Dick and Ken Hargreaves. Dick and Ken actually finished in a dead heat for third and decided the issue via a coin flip.

Richard “Lil-Sherm” Sherman got the sportsman win in a closely contested battle with Shaylene Vader. These kids continue to show great improvement and, more importantly, seem to be having fun.
Thank You to everyone who shared  in the judging and Thank You to the Vaders for a good contest and a great day.

Granite State Championships - Formula GX Combat
10 Contestants (6 from MA) (2 from NH)
15 Matches-2 mid-airs

(E) Neil Simpson - E.Brookfield,MA   1860pts
(E) Glenn Simpson  - Worcester, MA1755pts
(E) Dick Sherman - Andover, MA       1640pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves - Worcester, MA         1640pts
(A) Brian Stas - Kingston, MA    1430pts
(A) Matt Stas - Kingston, MA     1430pts
(A) Jeff Vader - Franklin, NH       1430pts
(A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA      1325pts
(S) “Lil Sherm”- Andover, MA     1000pts
(S) Shaylene Vader - Franklin, NH      700pts

Matt and Brian Stas
Neil Simpson and Jeff Vader
The trophy winners are Neil Simpson (1st), Glenn Simpson (2nd), Dick Sherman (3rd),
Ken Hargreaves (4th) and Richard "Lil Sherm" Sherman (1st-sportsman)
Brian Stas with one of his pretty machines
Jeff Vader and Matt Stas
Shay and Jeff Vader
Brian Stas is set to fire-up Shay Vader's entry
Jeff chasing Shay
Neil Simpson and Brian Stas
Matt Stas and Shay Vader
Glenn Simpson and "Lil-Sherm"
Most of the above photos were complements of Jeff Vader - the below photos are from the camera of Ken Hargreaves
Rick Clark and "Lil-Sherm" get Dick Sherman airborne.
Dick Sherman and Glenn Simpson
Neil Simpson lauches Glenn's airplane