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owners are as interested in the small car results as in the big cars. Just as
in sailboat racing, there is as much or more interest in the small classes as
there is in the America's Cup class. It is only part of the story to tell the
prowess of the big cars or big boats where other classes are racing
simultaneously. Not infrequently in a general handicap or an index of
performance rating, the smaller vessels or cars in their respective categories
cop the overall championship. Notable examples: 22-square-meter boats at Put In
Bay in the past, DB Panhards at Le Mans. It is always appealing to the American
sympathy for the underdog to learn how these relatively undersized competitors
have bested much larger and more costly equipment.
Since the end of
World War II, I have been a member of groups attempting to revive ballooning.
One of our major objectives has been the revival of the Gordon Bennett
International Balloon Race in which balloonists participated from all over the
world. Distances of a thousand miles were flown in this race which received
immense publicity and was considered a major news event of the year. We
expected to revive the event in 1949 with a take-off from Holland but inability
to cross the Iron Curtain forced its cancellation. Only in America can a
completely unrestricted international race now be held.
WITH THE THRILL
Few things compare with the thrill of being suspended alone in the vast expanse of the big, wide, open, intangible, chill, lonesome night and wondering if the pilot of some oncoming air transport liner is going to miss the helpless, minuscule, lonesome, vital bit of isolated stuff that's you; of coming in for a landing on a beautiful, golden, calm, August stubble field at an easy 30 feet above the ground and being carried miraculously straight up like a runaway kite that's been let go 5,000 English feet as if by the hand of God—on an unpredictable thermal bubble of hot air.
No sir, nothing, not even the tickle of a trigger-happy Guatemalan soldier objecting to nocturnal picture taking, nor the presence of a man from the Internal Revenue objecting to your helplessness, can compare to it for sheer thrill, suspense and glamour.
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WE ARE ANXIOUS TO
You said in this
article that it costs about $100 per ascent. You also mention that parachutes
were used. Can these be obtained surplus, and if so where? If you could get
information on this for me I would be most grateful. I have two friends who are
going to embark on this fascinating sport with me, and we are anxious to get
started this summer.