Pete Peterson was awarded the annual Northwest Vintage Stunt Championship trophy, sponsored by Don McClave. The trophy, awarded every year at the Fall Follies, honors the flier who scored the highest points in the combined Classic/Nostalgia 30 and Old-Time Stunt classes, as tabulated in the Flying Lines Northwest Competition Standings. Pete flew Old-Time with his Jamison Special (left) and Classic with his Caprice Flying Lines photo.

Fall arrives with the Follies

Oct. 8-9, 2011, Bill Riegel Field, Salem, Ore.

Autumn weather greeted the 22 competitors in the 25th annaul Fall Follies as the sport of control-line aerobatics was celebrated one last time for the year 2011. Saturday was partly sunny with almost no wind, a fabulous day for Classic, Old-Time and Profile Stunt. Sunday started off with a light rain, but by 11 it had stopped and the Precision Aerobatics contest went on without a hitch. On Sunday again, there was very little breeze and mild temperature.

A total of 73 official flights were made over the two days, plus an unknown number of practice flights that began on Thursday or Friday.

Along with the flying were the traditional Saturday night party at the home of Bruce and Kris Hunt, and the Zoot barbecue hosted by Mike Hazel at the field on Sunday.

Paul Walker repeated as Expert Precision Aerobatics winner. Keith Varley captured the Advanced trophy, and Oregon newcomer Marshall Palmer impressed everyone by flying his fine Scirocco to second in Advanced. Mike Massey captured the Intermediate trophy. In Saturday events, Alan Resinger topped Classic Stunt and Pete Peterson won Old-Time.

Because there were no entries in Expert Profile, the Advanced PA fliers were promoted to Profile experts for the day and competed for that trophy, while the Intermediate crew flew for the Sportsman trophy. Steve Helmick won Expert and Mike Massey flew a strong second round to jump from third place to first in the Sportsman class.

The Follies is also the place where the annual Vintage Stunt Trophy race is settled. The trophy, sponsored by Don McClave, is awarded to the top scorer in the Flying Lines Northwest standings in combined Old-Time and Classic Stunt. This year Pete Peterson flew in both Old-Time and Classic events all year long to capture the trophy in a close race with Alan Resinger. Previous winners have been Bruce Hunt (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), Scott Riese (2005) and Pat Johnston (2007).

Quite a few spectators dropped by the Salem Airport venue to discover control-line flying during the course of the weekend.

Contest staff:
Field mowing: Mike Hazel
Field setup: Mike Hazel
Registration: John Thompson and Barbara White
Pull-testing: Jerry Eichten and John Thompson
Tabulation: Barbara White
Sunday barbecue: Mike Hazel
Contest Director: John Thompson
Thanks also to many others who helped out with various chores and details!
Sponsor: Western Oregon Control-Line Flyers

Fall Follies Results

NW Standings points in parentheses

CLASSIC STUNT (6 entries)
Alan Resinger, Delta, B.C., 564 (6)
2. Pete Peterson, Tacoma, Wash., 551 (5)
3. John Leidle, Kirkland, Wash., 541 (4)
4. John Thompson, Eugene, Ore., 522.5 (3)
5. Dane Covey, Tacoma, Wash., 494
6. Rex Abbott, Sequim, Wash., 446.5
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Photo: Alice Cotton-Royer puts in an Old-Time Stunt flight. Flying Lines photo.

OLD-TIME STUNT (5 entries)
Pete Peterson, 320.5 (5)
2. Dave Royer, Portland, Ore., 319.5 (4)
3. Bob Emmett, Sequim, Wash., 280 (3)
4. Alice Cotton-Royer, Portland, Ore., 255.5 (2)
5. Rex Abbott, 234.5
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Mike Massey, Cottage Grove, Ore., 461.5 (5)
2. Rex Abbott, 449.5 (4)
3. Gordon Rea, Eugene, Ore., 444 (3)
4. Russell Shaffer, Klamath Falls, Ore., 416.5 (2)
5. Tim Wescott, Oregon City, Ore., 239
Judges: Joan and Chris Cox

Steve Helmick, Renton, Wash., 504.5 (4)
2. Dane Covey, 491 (3)
3. Dave Royer, 487.5 (2)
4. Richard Entwhistle, Scappoose, Ore., 413.5 (1)
Judges: Joan and Chris Cox

Bill Toschik, Klamath Falls, Ore., 119.5 (crash) (1)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Mike Massey, 471 (3)
2. Rex Abbott, 458 (2)
3. Russell Shaffer, 434 (1)
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Keith Varley, Vancouver, B.C., 546 (8)
2. Marshall Palmer, Klamath Falls, Ore., 536 (7)
3. Steve Helmick, 502/506.5 (6)
4. Dane Covey, 506.5/pass (5)
5. Richard Entwhistle, 485.5
6. Dave Royer,482.5
7. Floyd Carter, Eugene, Ore., 471.5
8. Bob Emmett, 407.5
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Photo: Dane Covey's profile Nobler in flight. Flying Lines photo.

Paul Walker, Kent, Wash., 595 (10.5)
2. Chris Cox, Delta, B.C., 571 (9)
3. Alan Resinger, 559 (7.5)
4. Pete Peterson, 552.5 (6)
5. John Leidle, 531.5
6. Mike Haverly, Auburn, Wash., 521.5
7. John Thompson, 520.5
Judges: Bruce Hunt and Don McClave

Results of this contest are included in the Northwest Control-Line Competition Standings.

Fall Follies photo gallery

Marshall Palmer, newly moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., from California, flew this Scirocco in Advanced Precision Aerobatics. Flying Lines photo.

Some of the planes in the pits for Old-Time, Classic and Profile stunt on Saturday. Flying Lines photos.

Roy DeCamara (left) and Bob Emmett. Flying Lines photo.

Alice Cotton-Royer and Dave Royer. Flying Lines photo.

Dane Covey makes an inverted pass. Rex Abbott photo.

Alan Resinger' Gypsy. Flying Lines photo.

Floyd Carter -- caught in the rain again -- flies his Hurricane. Rex Abbott photo.

Bob Emmett's Jamison Special. Flying Lines photo.

Mike Hazel cooks up the traditional Follies barbecue. Rex Abbott photo.

Eagle, flown by Steve Helmick. Flying Lines photo.

Don McClave awards the Vintage Stunt Trophy and a bottle of wine from the Jim Tichy Memorial to Pete Peteson (left). Rex Abbott photo.

Dave Royer's Humongous. Flying Lines photo.

Jerry Eichten, cleaning out his shop, had these planes for sale. Rex Abbott photo.

Alice Cotton-Royer's Firecat. Flying Lines photo.

Expert Precision Aerobatics winner Paul Walker makes an inverted pass with an Impact converted to electric. Rex Abbott photo.

Dave's plane looks, er, humongous when Alice carries it. Flying Lines photo.

Intermediate Precision Aerobatics and Sportsman Profile winner Mike Massey low and level with his Pathfinder. Rex Abbott photo.

Rex Abbott flies his Mars. Flying Lines photo.

Left photo: Bob Emmett signals to officials during and Old-Time Stunt flight. Right photo: Tim Wescott at the handle Flying Lines photos.

Gordon Rea's profile stunter. Flying Lines photo.

Left photo: Floyd Carter flies. Right photo: Dane Covey concentrates on a maneuver. Flying Lines photos.

Left photo: Steve Helmick flies. Right photo: Marshall Palmer flies overhead. Flying Lines photos.

Left photo: Richard Entwhistle flies one of his profiles. Right photo: Steve Helmick' KISS in flight.

Keith Varley carries his Precison Aerobatics plane to the circle. Flying Lines photo.

Action in the Expert class: At left, Pete Peterson; at right, Paul Walker. Flying Lines photos.

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