We are pleased to announce that following a unanimous vote of the Royal Aero Club Council, the 2018 Queen’s Cup for Air Racing has been awarded to one of the British Model Flying Association’s Specialist Bodies – The British Miniature Pylon Racing Association (BMPRA).
BMPRA Chairman, Geb Jones commented: “The British Miniature Pylon Racing Association is delighted that the Queen's Cup for 2018 has been awarded to the sport of Model Aircraft flying and in particular to Radio Control Pylon Racing. The BMPRA will be the organizing body of the competition that will be held for the newest International pylon racing Class, FAI-F3T where models race around a course at speeds exceeding 200mph. This is a rapidly growing racing class in the UK. The competition will take place during the 2018 BMFA Nationals weekend in August when the top UK placed competitors at the Nationals will compete in a separate knockout event for the Queen's Cup on the final day”.
The BMFA National Championships will take place at RAF Barkston Heath over the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-27th August). For more details please http://bmfa-nats.org/power-nationals
Her Majesty The Queen approved the gift of the trophy to the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom in 2010 and events were held in 2011 (British Aerobatic Association), 2012 (British Microlight Aircraft Association), 2013 (British Balloon & Airship Club), 2016 (British Model Flying Association) and 2017 (Helicopter Club of Great Britain). The trophy is of Irish silver and dates from around 1719 and sits on a wooden base. It has the Royal Arms on one side and the words “The Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup” on the other.
2017 Queen's Cup Winners - Hugh Barklem and David Monks