We have seen the lot of races take place between the various automobiles and all ...
We have seen the lot of races take place between the various automobiles and all manner of aircraft. There is something about this one, though, that just seems like the natural fit.
Staged at Bruntingthorpe airfield in the British midlands, this race (of sorts) pitted the Morgan Aero 8 against the highly modified Pitts S2S biplane.
Driving the Morgan was the company’s design chief Jon Wells, making use of all 367 hp from the BMW-sourced 4.8-liter V8.
Flying a stunt plane, meanwhile, was seasoned pilot Richard Goodwin, dialing in over 300 hp from the 8.5-liter six-cylinder engine.
Statically, and on paper, a power to weight ratios of our Aero vs Rich’s muscle biplane were evenly stacked.
None the less, it was surprising to see just how well matched they were from the standing start, Rich is the gifted pilot, Aeros are very confident at speed, I felt very safe… but must say that this was without a doubt the experience I will never forget!
The meetup, arranged with just four days’ notice, and was evidently more of the photo (and video) opportunity than the actual race. And you can see the results in the video below.
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