Experience Adds Up
    By Karen Morss  (February 2005)

    On a cold, rainy February morning, the National Championship
    Air Races seem very far away. Now is the time for dreaming and
    scheming and planning for those nine magic days in Reno each
    September.  I ask my husband the usual question.

    “What are you planning to race this year?” “I’m not sure yet” is his typical response. He usually races
    more than one plane, in more than one class. But often we don’t know what plane and what class until
    the entry deadline looms near. Reno 2005 marks Dave’s 26th year of racing at Reno where he has
    competed in five classes and 149 races. I know because one night last week, he came home and told
    me a neat story.

    Ellsworth Getchell walked into Jerry Gabe’s hangar at Hollister, CA and said, “Guess I’m gonna hafta’
    be nicer to you boy. Read you got more races than anybody in the history of Reno.” Dave replied, “Oh
    yeah? Where’d you read that?” “I don’t remember if I read it or somebody told me. In either case, that’s
    quite an accomplishment. Congratulations”.  

    We never did find the source so I ran the numbers on every pilot who has ever raced at Reno*.
    Thought you might enjoy seeing the results of our most experienced racers in the history of the Reno
    Air Races. Congratulations to all the racers who fly the pylons but especially to those pilots who thrill
    and inspire us year after year.
           
    Top Ten Reno Racers of All Time (updated 9/3/09)

                                          































    * This information provided courtesy of the Reno Air Racing Association on-line historical database with
    special assistance from Mark Johnston, the Webmaster.  And thanks, Getch, for bringing it to our
    attention.

Pilots
Races
Biplane
IFI
Sport
T6
Unlimited
Jet
Dave Morss
193
16
86
49
 
27
15
Howard
Pardue
158
 
 
 
 
158
 
Skip
Holm
121
 
 
4
 
108
9
Lefty
Gardner
114
 
 
 
 
114
 
Jimmy
Leeward
113
 
 
 
 
105
8
Carl
Swenson
113
 
113
 
 
 
 
Ray
Cote
112
 
103
 
 
 
 
Gary
Hubler
107
 
92
 
3
12
 
George
Budde
103
 
102
 
 
 
 
Don
Beck
95
 
 
 
95
 
 
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