'Racing Aces' Win 36th Annual Air Race Classic
(l to r) Victoria Holt, Sporty's Pilot Shop Founder Hal Shevers, and Dianna Stanger celebrate the Racing Aces victory.
June 27, 2012 - The Racing Aces team of Dianna Stanger and Victoria Holt were named winners of the 36th Annual Air Race Classic (ARC) on Sunday, June 24. The four-day race covered 2,862 statute miles and eight states, and included nine stops, ending on June 22 at the Clermont County Airport (I69) in Batavia, Ohio, home of Sporty's Pilot Shop.
"The air race is a very long journey that took us over some fantastic parts of the United States that amazed us," Stanger said. "Meeting the wonderful people at each airport and community was so heartwarming; each time we left an airport we felt like we were very special."
Stanger and Holt flew the first five legs of the race in one day - more than half the route - in their Cirrus SR 22 Special Edition. They departed later than most from Chippewa County International Airport, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (CIU), on Day 4, which allowed them to avoid a weather delay that grounded several other teams. The pilots then flew the last two legs on June 22, landing 20th at I69.
The ARC began in 1929 with the First Women's Air Derby, the oldest women's race in the country. Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, and Ruth Elder were among the first women to compete in this race. Throughout the years, the ARC has drawn entrants from around the globe, including such countries as Canada, Germany, New Zealand, England, and Malaysia.
The Racing Aces will continue to promote GA to girls of all ages by awarding scholarships with the proceeds received from this year's race. Learn more at the team's website or Facebook and Twitter pages.