Sunday 4th June at 12.00 The Goodyear Trophy
The space sector is an important economic driver that is central to the UK’s new Industrial Strategy and joint enterprises have been invited to bid to develop UK spaceflight capabilities. Llanbedr Airfield is on the short list for the UK’s and Europe’s first commercial Spaceport and welcomes you to come and watch the 3rd weekend of air racing on this year’s 3Rs Handicap Air Race Programme. You can arrive by car, train and even light aircraft.
The Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association, affectionately known as “The 3Rs”, oversee handicap air racing, British and World aviation records and formal air rallies.
Handicap air racing is an exciting sport for pilots and a great spectacle for spectators; typically a 100 mile race over a 25 mile course starting and finishing at the aerodrome, flying at 700 feet above ground level and diving to 100 feet over the finish line.
2017 race entries comprise many different types of fixed wing aircraft and include a Lake Buccaneer, several variations of Vans RV, Robins, Bulldogs, Pups, Grummans, Cessnas and a SIAI Marchetti.
Llanbedr Airfield has an on-site café, self-service aviation fuel pumps and is situated on the wonderful North Wales coast.
Saturday 3rd June: The Gower Cup.
The Gower Cup 1988 was named after the region “The Gower” with the first race being held at Swansea Airport. With a race field of 40+ the trophy was presented by Digital Computers who sponsored the race until 1993 and who also sponsored the National Air Races.
In 1994 Air Racing sponsorship by Digital ceased and the Cup had various changes of name to The Gower Cup Challenge Trophy, The Gower Cup Handicap Air Race and finally to todays The Gower Cup. The Cup has been competed for by both Single Engine Piston aircraft and aircraft with 2 engines.
Sunday 4th June: The Goodyear Trophy.
This silver seagull trophy was first competed for in 1948 at Wolverhampton Municipal Airport, later known as Halfpenny Green and now Wolverhampton International.
The event was a handicap race of 65 miles over a 3 lap course. The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company was a previous sponsor of the UK National Air Races when the company used to look after the turn points.
The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company also sponsored a similar National Air Race competition in the USA from 1947.