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References on the Kings Cup air race 3 years 7 months ago #107

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Does anybody have good references on the Kings Cup air race?

Especially on the The last of many Hawker Hurricane, which participated in the 1950's and intended to participate in 1951.
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References on the Kings Cup air race 3 years 7 months ago #108

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Other than a few photos on Google search engine I have not, Alex. I once had a notin to build a replica from a 1/48th Monogram kit but never did. Same as my Veco Hurricane C/L stunt model I had a plan for in the same scheme. Pity other hobbies and father time keep us from completing all of our plans!
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References on the Kings Cup air race 3 years 7 months ago #112

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Hi Alex,
What sort of information are you looking for? I have some references although the King's Cup isn't as well covered as it should be. G-AMAU has several photos on the web which I'm sure you're already aware of.
Let me know and I'll see if I have anything.
Kind regards
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References on the Kings Cup air race 3 years 7 months ago #114

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Basically I'm looking for the usual details; which modifications were made when converting the last of many Hurricane from military to a racer?

Normally it makes sense to remove all military hardware, but the Kings cup has a handicap system

Internet quote: "These races are run on a handicap basis, with all aircraft flying a practice run at full throttle to determine their declared race speed. Aircraft have to be able to do at least 100 mph to be able to race. Any competitor exceeding the declared speed by more than 1% during the race is disqualified."

So it doesn't matter if you remove all the hardware, does it?

I can see the guns were removed, but what about the cockpit? Does it still contain bomb handles, armor plate, etc?
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References on the Kings Cup air race 3 years 7 months ago #115

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Hmmm! The handicap system was always a sore point with these races (unless it worked to your advantage of course).

It's worth remembering that some of the races were over 800 miles long so a small advantage was worth having. Weight doesn't affect top speed so much as acceleration and agility.

After the first race G-AMAU entered, Hawkers thought it worthwhile to remove the radio mast and substitute a whip aerial in it's place. They also altered the exhausts at some point.

I've no photos of the cockpit but period shots from outside show the gunsight had been removed. I can't believe that the armour would have been retained since it served no purpose.

I'll see if I have any old magazine articles with info.

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