But He Has
Responded To Some Email
A little over a week ago, ANN reported that a long-time
participant in the Reno Air Races -- someone who almost always
finished "in the money" -- had been summarily dismissed from this
year's competition (ANN: "RARA Bans One Of Its Own" -- August
The dispute apparently arose after a meeting between the local
airport board and members of the RARA executive committee.
John Parker, 3-time champion, Thunder Mustang pilot, and
president of his company (which he moved to Reno to be closer to
the races), American Air Racing, leased a Glasair III to Lou
Dobb of Tehachapi (CA). The aircraft (pictured) is also ineligible
this year, due, RARA said, to the ban on its owner. Dobb, who
is still 'eligible' to race, is left without an aircraft to
race, and Parker (below) is out the cost of the lease.
ANN has attempted several times to contact Mr. Houghton. He has
not responded directly to our inquiries; but he did respond to
an ANN reader who is also a friend of Parker's.
[That friend's identity is being held from public discussion.]
Mike Houghton replied to the e-mail interrogatory with
Many of the issues do impact the race business and could
negatively impact the event this year. All is not solely as
presented in the public forum and the Executive Committee has made
their decision to protect the event although it has subjected us to
some criticism. If the line as a tenant is blurred it has been John
that has chosen to blur it.
I will address a couple of points:
1. Lou Dodd has an invitation to race.
2. The Sport Class registration list is full with 2 on the stand
Thanks for your comments and there are two sides to every story
and issues here that go beyond the public forum. The Executive
Committee unanimously made the decision to not have John Parker
participate this year. This decision was related to a number of
issues that could impact the future of the Races and RARA.
Michael J. Houghton
President/CEO Reno Air Racing Association
2003 Reno National Championship Air Races
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