New England Championships


AUGUST 31, 2008-WORCESTER, MA -This year’s New England Championships attracted fifteen pilots for the nineteenth annual running of this very successful Formula GX happening. The location was Boynton Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The weather was near perfect, warm not hot, low humidity, however, we did have a strong pesky breeze for most of the day.

Paul Kubek got off to the best start posting a three cut round one win. Neil Simpson, Roy Glenn and Louis Lopez were in close pursuit all posting  two cut round one wins of their own. In round two Paul and Neil squared off with Neil earning a two cut win. In the next match Roy and Louis traded cuts with Roy prevailing two cuts to one. Round two also saw Jeff Vader and Glenn Simpson post three cuts wins and climb into contention. Round three started with co-leaders, Roy and Neil, flying to a one cut apiece draw in a well flown match that went buzzer to buzzer. Jeff Vader and Glenn Simpson stayed hot each posting two cuts to one wins over Joe Fustolo and Paul Kubek, respectively. Later in round three Ken Hargreaves used a two cut to one win over Louis Lopez to climb into the lead pack. Going into the final round it was Jeff (1965pts), Roy (1960pts), Neil (1960pts), Glenn (1855pts), Ken (1755pts) and Lloyd Seymour (1650pts). The final three flights of the contest would prove meaningful. In the first of these Glenn got an airtime win over Lloyd. In the semi final Ken and Roy faced off flying to a one cut apiece draw. In the final Neil and Jeff flew to a low scoring draw. When it all shook out the top five were Roy (2470pts), Jeff and Glenn tied (2375pts), Neil (2370pts) and Ken (2265pts). Jeff and Glenn used a coin flip to determine second place. Chris Sarnowski took home the Sportsman “gold” edging out Richard Sherman, Chris Lopez and Jake Vader all of whom flew very well. The sportsman flyers give us all hope that combat is alive and well and with a brighter future then some might predict.
The top three flyers plus the sportsman winner received beautiful awards. Every competitor received a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in this annual GX happening. In addition, every pilot also received a raffle prize which included an Evolution .36 engine, a Magnum 36 XL engine, a ready to fly airplane, fuel, props, gift certificates, GRW tanks and wing cores. GRW Model Products, J&J Sales, The Corehouse, Hog Heaven Hobbies and the Connecticut Ringer Model Airplane Club all made serious cash or merchandise contributions. Thank You to all these great sponsors from all of us. A special thank you to Ken Hargreaves who donated a brand new Super Wakkerman ARF as a raffle prize. Thank You To Joe Fustolo, Lloyd Seymour, Paul Kubek, Brian Stas and everyone else who shared in the judging of this event. We couldn’t have contests, like this, without people willing to step up and do that thankless job.

New England Championships
Formula GX Combat
15 contestants ( 10 from MA ) (2 from NH ) ( 2 from DE ) (1 from NJ)
30 matches-no mid-airs

(E) Roy Glenn-Southampton, NJ       2470pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH2375pts * won coin flip
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA   2375pts * lost coin flip
(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA   2370pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA  2265pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA 2155pts
(E) Louis Lopez-Hockessin, DE2035pts
(S) Chris Sarnowski-Brookline, MA 1955pts
(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA   1945pts
(E) Lloyd Seymour-Leominster, MA  1850pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA 1830pts
(S) Richard Sherman-Andover, MA   1510pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA1330pts
(S) Chris Lopez-Hockessin, DE1300pts
(S) Jake Vader-Franklin, NH    1200pts

The trophy winners were Roy Glenn (1st), Jeff Vader (2nd), Glenn Simpson (3rd)
and Chris Sarnowski (1st Sportsman)

Photos below from the camera of Jeff Vader
The Young Guns . . . Jake Vader, Richard Sherman and Chris Lopez
These young men can fly !