Wingbuster Invitational



OCTOBER 3, 2004 - MIDDLEBORO, MA –  The temperture was cool, the air crisp, however, the sun was warm, a great New England October day, a great day for Formula GX combat. The Wingbuster club field was, as usual, in perfect shape, thanks to the efforts of Norm and Mel, the club members in charge of the grounds. Twelve New England pilots were in attendance and ready for action.

Round one saw Ken Hargreaves get off to the best start with an 830 point three cut win. Brian Stas and Neil Simpson were both out of the gate fast, as well, posting scores in excess of 700 points. In round two Neil stayed hot, just getting past Matt Stas with a two cut to one win that was action filled, buzzer to buzzer. At the halfway point it was Neil followed by Rick Clark, who had turned in two good flights, followed by Joe Fustolo, Ken Hargreaves, Jeff Vader and Matt Stas who were bunched, about one hundred points behind Rick.

In the first match of round three Neil earned a one cut win over Rick Clark. Round two saw Joe and Ken mid-air hurting their cumulative scores while Paul Kubek improved his position with a two cut to one win over Brian Stas. Round two also saw Matt Stas and Jeff Vader fly to a one cut apiece draw.  Going into the final round Neil had 2070 points followed by Jeff (1535pts ), Matt (1530pts), Paul (1435pts)and Rick (1430pts). Shaylene , who was having a great day, was also sitting at 1430 points followed by Ken, Brian and Joe, who were all within range, as well. 

Early in round four Ken and Joe each got three cut wins to secure the clubhouse lead. In the semi final match Matt hooked up with Paul. The match started a little slow and then the action picked up with Matt getting a cut and then a second. The second cut pressed Paul into hot pursuit and he got a cut and then a second to earn a draw in a very well flown, action filled match. In the final Neil edged out Jeff with a one cut win in a match that also had some good action. The final order of finish was Neil (2795pts), Ken (2160pts), Matt (2145pts),and Joe (2060pts).  Shaylene Vader finished seventh overall, with 1830 points, taking home the Sportsman gold in the process.

Thank You to everyone who shared in the judging. Thank You to Rick Clark who cd’ed this contest and did a lot of work behind the scenes to bring it to fruition. Thank You to the Wingbuster Model Airplane Club for the use of their great facility.

Wingbuster Invitational
12 contestants ( 10 from MA  )( 2 from NH )
24 matches ( 3 mid-airs )

(E) Neil Simpson-E.Brookfield, MA2795pts
(A) Ken Hargreaves-Worcester, MA      2160pts
(A) Matt Stas-Kingston, MA  2145pts
(E) Joe Fustolo-Stoughton, MA     2060pts
(A) Paul Kubek-Brockton, MA       2050pts
(A) Rick Clark-Hingham, MA 2050pts
(S) Shaylene Vader-Franklin, NH  1830pts
(A) Jeff Vader-Franklin, NH   1635pts
(A) Brian Stas-Kingston, MA1630pts
(S) “Lil Sherm”-Andover, MA 1400pts
(E) Dick Sherman-Andover, MA   1280pts
(E) Glenn Simpson-Worcester, MA      1270pts

Our intrepid New England Combat News photographer. As per usual, a bit confused as to what side of the lens he belongs on.
The trophy winners are Neil Simpson (1st),
Ken Hargreaves (2nd), Matt Stas (3rd), Joe Fustolo (4th) and Shaylene Vader (1st sportsman)
Ken Hargreaves Photo
Dick Sherman
Paul Kubek and Ken Hargreaves
Joe Fustolo and Paul Kubek
Neil and Glenn Simpson
Brian Stas Photo
Glenn Simpson and Paul Kubek
Brian Stas Photo
Paul Kubek and Joe Fustolo
Brian Stas Photo