Wet n Dry Race 2016
by Russ Chilcott
Our annual amphibious Wet n Dry Race and free sail open day took place on Sunday 4th September. Once again Stan Robinson and his friends from AWL (Air, Water & Land Model Group) came along to demonstrate their hovercrafts and air boats. We were also joined by quite a few modellers with their boats from the Model & Hobby festival which was being held just up the road at Unity Farm in Brean.
We had just 4 entries for the Wet n Dry Race itself, it would have been 5 but a wheel fell off one entry before it got to the start line! Despite the low entry the race still provided a bit of entertainment for the watching crowd as the models raced first on the lake and then up and along the ramp for 4 laps. I had built a twin fan driven airboat with retractable wheels which had the PG tips monkey in club clothing for a driver! Malcolm Franks entered his 2015 winning model which was a fan driven green wheeled air boat, Chris Locke had modified his giant wheeled monster truck and the forth entry was a hovercraft entered by Alan Gregory from the Droitwich Spa MBC. Unfortunately Alan was soon out of the race with an RX problem, soon after Chris was also out when his prop-drive ESC turned into a smoke unit! Malcolm and I were pretty well matched for speed on the water section of the race (the wet bit), but I pulled away on the ramp section (dry bit) as his tricycle wheel design model had a tendency to roll over on the turns. By the 4th and final lap I had pulled out a nice little lead and went on to win the race – and I was very happy about that! Malcolm finished soon after in 2nd place, Chris was awarded 3rd place as he got a little further around the course than Alan.
It had been another good event overall, the weather was kind to us and we had a very good display with a wide selection of models on and off the water. It would have been nice to see a few more entering the Wet n Dry Race itself- maybe this will inspire a few of you to get thinking and built something to enter next year? If I win it again I will be unbearable – I promise!
Big thanks to Rob Arlett for being the Scrutineer and Lap Counter for the race, plus all those who helped out with set-up, pack-up and marshalling the course.
All being well next year it is on Sun 3rd Sept – so you have plenty of time to get building!