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  First posted 24 August 2008
Speed Week begins - 24 August 2014
*  Art by Warren Hutch & Dennis Clark added - 25 August 2013  *
**  Art by Stuart McCarthy moved to this page - 31 October 2013  **
***  Art by Jerry Collins moved to this page - 14 May 2014  ***
****  Uploads & Links  31 July 2014  ****

[Information for contributors, with reference Links]

Air racing and a week of other organized races -
Set in the 1930s, on some unique Pacific Islands
in the Spontoon Island Archipelago.

Speed Week Billboard - by Warren Hutch
"Speed Week Billboard Banner" by Warren Hutch -
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/warren/  -  warrenhutch@yahoo.com
Welcome to Speed Week!
Orange floatplane over clouds - by Jerry Collins
Orange floatplane over clouds (Larger file here - 2.2 MBytes)
by Jerry Collins

Speed Week poster 1934 (in Russian, for USSR) - by Stuart McCarthy
**  Spontoon Island 'Speed Week 1934' poster - By Stuart McCarthy  **
(In Russian for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) (Larger file here - 3.8 MBytes)

http://duraluminwolf.deviantart.com/  http://www.furaffinity.net/user/duraluminwolf/

"Wanna Lei?" - By Dennis Clark
'Wanna Lei' welcomes you to Speed Week - by Dennis Clark
(Larger file here - 1.9 MBytes)

("Wanna Lei can be found greeting disembarking passengers from the
weekly China Clipper.
When not at the dock, she entertains at
Madam Woo’s Prestige Establishment for Discerning Gentlemen." - Via Mr. Clark)

"Dachu-Dachu" The Tiki of Victory (Patron of Athletes) (thumbnail) - by Jerry Collins
***  "Dachu-Dachu" The Tiki of Victory (Patron of Athletes) by Jerry Collins  ***
(Grey-tones by K. Fletcher)

"In the opposing (seaplane racing) camps there were alternations of
elation and despair, brought about as first one and then the other side
 was seen to have an aircraft capable of breathtaking speed."

(David Mondey on the 1926 Schneider Trophy race over Chesapeake Bay;
USA vs. Italy. From his book "The Schneider Trophy" - page 175)

Racing canoe - The Sorensteen Sisters race a Euro-style version of the "Chili-to-go".
The Sorensteen Sisters canoe-race, Euro-style, in the "S.S. Hot Pepper"
by Warren Hutch  - (Larger file here - 2.3 MBytes)
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/warren/  -  warrenhutch@yahoo.com

The Sorensteen Sisters  *
Link to more images & backstory of the Sorensteen Sisters racing team!  *

"If you're flying with a tail-wind, don't take all the credit for your ground-speed."
(Air-racing Pilot 'Rongway' Roo - 1934)
Quotes Basket

Aircraft Racing
Blitzen II color side view - by R. J. Bartrop
Bugman und Dross "Blitzen II" as it appeared at its 1938 Speed Week debut.
(Flown by Ilsa Klensch) (larger image - 1.3 MBytes)
Art by R.J.Bartrop - http://rjbartrop.artspots.com

Ilsa Klensch flies the Blitzen II - 38 Schneider (thumbnail)  - by R.J. Bartrop
"Ilsa puts the Blitzen II through its paces during the 1938 Speed Week."
(larger image - 1.3 MBytes) -
Art by R.J.Bartrop - http://rjbartrop.artspots.com

Overtaking racingplane 1938 (thumbnail) by R. J. Bartrop
"German flier Ilsa Klensch overtakes the American entry during the 1938
Schneider Trophy race." (Pacific Press RadioPhoto) - (larger image - 1.3 MBytes)
Art by R.J.Bartrop -

Conway R-3 floatplane (color) - by R.J. Bartrop
Conway R-3 Racing seaplane - by R.J. Bartrop
http://rjbartrop.artspots.com - larger image here (1.3 MBytes)

Conway R-3 floatplane plan views (thumbnail) - by R.J. Bartrop
Plan views of the Conway R-3 floatplane - R.J. Bartrop
http://rjbartrop.artspots.com - very large image here (1.3 MBytes)

Conway R-3 during 38 Schneider race (thumbnail) - by R. J. Bartrop
Conway R-3 at speed during 1938 Schneider Trophy Race.

(larger image - 1.3 MBytes) - by R.J. Bartrop

"Lucky 7" floatplane racer (taxiing into base during thunderstorm) - by Jerry Collins
*** "Lucky 7" floatplane racer - by Jerry Collins - (Larger file here - 816 KBytes) ***
(Taxiing into base during a thunderstorm, before the rain.)

Aircraft Race Art - Page 1
Aircraft Race Art - Page 2

(Links to separate pages with open images - large in size)

Speed Week Internationale poster (French) (thumbnail) - by Stuart McCarthy
  Speed Week 1935 (French Poster) by Stuart McCarthy

Speed Week History
(including the Spontoon Island Racing Association (SIRA)
and the move of the Schneider Cup Races to Spontoon)

Racing 1945 & 1946
as reported by Simon Barber

Speed Week snail by JWKennedy
Speed Week snail by JWKennedy

Speed Week 1931 Poster (Romania) (thumbnail) - by Stuart McCarthy
Speed Week 1931 Poster (Romania)  by Stuart McCarthy
(Larger file here -
(565 KBytes)

Speed Week Stories

"The Lady of Nîmes"
by John Urie
Keith Lawton, organizer of the Schneider Cup at Spontoon Speed Week,
tells a reporter the story of an unusual entry for the 1935 race.

Part Thirteen: Update 28 July 2010
Part Fourteen: Update 7 August 2010
Part Fifteen: Update 26 August 2010
Part Sixteen: Update 29 August 2010
Part Seventeen: Update 9 September 2010

(to be continued)

Keith Lawton & reporter Drake Hackett
(as seen in "The Lady of Nîmes")
are shown talking shop at the Speed Week office in this

excerpt from John Urie's serial: Pursuit! Chapter 27.

"A Flying Saucer"
by Mr. David R. Dorrycott
An unusual aircraft arrives for Speed Week

"Reggie-o Aeronautica"
by Simon Leo Barber
Reggie Buckhorn aids an Italian racing team (& two very charming
& resourceful young adventuresses) - Speed Week, 1936.

The Misadventure of the Miss Adventure
by Walter D. Reimer

The troubles of a seaplane race pilot
(Mature readers - for language and situations)

The Lead-Pipe Cinch
by E. O. Costello

Who would show you how a gentleman visitor of sporting inclinations
 (and resourceful resources) comes to
speculate on that racing aircraft, the Miss Adventure

Token Anarchist: A Charlie Bellman story
(featuring the pilot, the Lady Helen Todd & friends)
by Antonia T. Tiger
Part One

A Speed Week dance begins at the British Embassy
Part Two: Wednesday morning
Captain the Lady Helen Todd & crew begin the Cloverleaf Derby race
Part Three
Daring & skilled maneuvers in the air; Daring & skilled manuevers on Casino Island
Part Four
A finish; a racing finish; landings.
ending this story sequence
(Previous Charlie Bellman stories are linked here.)


by Walter D. Reimer
August of 1937, during Speed Week -
a story featuring members of the Ni family -

  Other stories of the Ni family: "Luck of the Dragon"

The Little Squirt and the Tin Flying-fish
by Stuart McCarthy

Italian Speed Week poster 1937 (thumbnail) - by Stuart McCarthy
Italian Poster for Speed Week 1938 - by Stuart McCarthy
[Larger version Here]

The Slow Race by JW Kennedy
The Slow Race by JWKennedy (larger version here)

Air-Racing Celebrities:
Q: "How do you find out when there is a pilot in the room?"
A: "She will make sure to let you know."

(Old airport joke, via Mauricio Tavares, 2008 - with a modification)

*  The Sorensteen Sisters  *
as reported by Warren Hutch

Triplets who do aircraft design, manufacturing, & test-piloting -
Active in promotional air-racing.
(Also doing business as 'The Sorenstein Sisters')
"Sorensteen sisters clean up the 'Chili Pepper'..."(thumbnail) - by Warren Hutch
"Sorensteen sisters clean up the 'Chili Pepper'..." - by Warren Hutch

The Sorensteen Sisters  *
Link to the portraits, action images, and biographical sketches.  *

Lady Katie MacArran
as reported by John Urie

Katie MacArran in a flight suit - art by KatieKat (Katie Lezotte)y - character by John Urie
Katie MacArran in a flight suit (Larger file here - 1.9 MBytes)  *
art by KatieKat (Katie Lezotte) - http://www.furaffinity.net/user/katiekat
Character by John Urie - Commissioned by Walt Reimer

Anglo-American Pilot, Aircraft Designer, & Industrialist.
John Urie's serial novel, "Pursuit!", covers major events in her life,
including her entry in the Speed Week seaplane races.
The inter-woven chapters from the novel offer views of
how lively Speed Week racing can be. Some selected chapters:
(Parts may be Mature for language & situations.)

Chapter 7: Someone has hi-jacked Katie's hangar space!
Chapter 25: How hard could it be to get a water-taxi ride?
Chapter 45: A visit to the French racing hangar, and later,
Katie introduces her racing seaplane to a guest pilot.
Chapter 47: The guest takes Katie's racer up for a go-round.

Lady Pamela Fenwick
as reported by R. J. Bartrop
English industrialist and supporter of British air-racing.
Portraits and biographical sketch.

In John Urie's "Pursuit!" Chapter 29, Katie MacArran
meets the formidable Lady Fenwick in the crowded lobby of
a Spontoon Island hotel during Speed Week....

In E. O. Costello's collection of stories of Reggie Buckhorn,
pokes by Lady Fenwick (for a contribution to British air-racing)
result in a personal boat-racing wager between the two: "Around the Bend"
(Further stories of Reggie & friends may be found: here)

Sophia (Casadonte) Bianco
as reported by Stuart  McCarthy
Italian pilot, aircraft designer, and actress.

Sophia Bianco air-racing - art & character Stuart McCarthy
Sophia Bianco air racing - art & Sophia via Stuart McCarthy
(Larger file here -
(1.8 MBytes)
"...inspired by the work of Tullio Crali (1910-2000)"

A Bianco biography with portraits
(Sophia also visits in some chapters of  Pursuit!
and in recent chapters of The Lady of Nimes)

Sophia Bianco sunbathing - by Stuart McCarthy
Sophia Bianco sunbathing - by Stuart McCarthy

Sophia Bianco adjusts chin-strap thumbnail by Stuart McCarthy
Sophia Bianco race photo 1932 (adjusting chinstrap) - by Stuart McCarthy

Ilsa Klensch
as reported by R. J. Bartrop
German test pilot & racing pilot
known as the "She-Wolf of the Luftwaffe"

R.J. Bartrop's webcomic "The Air Pirates" has
portraits of Ilsa and her racing aircraft, on the opening page.
Ilsa is a major character in the webcomic.

German Speed Week poster by Stuart McCarthy
German poster for Speed Week 1937 - by Stuart McCarthy

The McCradden family
(Superior Engineering)
as reported by Steve Gallacci
Owners, managers and head mechanics of this famous
design, maintenance, & repair firm in the Spontoon Lagoon.

"The roar that poured from the clipped exhaust stacks
mixed with the blat of the props as they bit into the spray
and created a din that could be heard for miles, a long, high pitched howl
that sent shivers of delight through the crowds lining the shore."

(from 'The Story of the Schneider Trophy Race' in This Was Air Travel
by Henry R.Palmer, Jr. -

Auto & Motorcycle Racing
"1936 Pacific Basin TT races" by William Earl Haskell
"Scene from the 1936 Pacific Basin TT Races" by William Earl Haskell
(larger file here - 884 Kb)
(posted 10 March 2010)

Badgmina Hinderfloss in the "Grass Skirt Rally" by JWKennedy
Badgmina Hinderfloss - Art by JWKennedy

Lesle Vulpani, motorcycle racer by Jerry Collins
Lesle Vulpani: noted motorcycle racer (montage by Jerry Collins)

Lift? Racing car thumbnail by Taral Wayne
"Lift" by Taral Wayne  [Larger image here - 719 Kbytes]
At a wharf after the arrival of the S.S. Sirius -- Location map for view
Taral Wayne art at: http://taralwayne.deviantart.com/ & http://www.furaffinity.net/user/saara/

Cardstock Racecars! Cutout game pieces by Steve Lortz

AutoUnion racecar variant (design & rendering by R.J. Bartrop)

****  Spectators  ****

Viewing the Air Races - by Roy D. Pounds, II
Viewing the Air Races (circa 1920) (a view from the files of Roy D. Pounds II)

Hotels & Resorts on Spontoon Island
Tourist Season on Spontoon Island
Preparing for the Tourist Season

Widgets for Victory! (Big Red) (thumbnail) by R.J. Bartrop
"Widgets for Victory!" (Speed Week program book ad,
modeled by
singer 'Big Red') - (larger art here)
by Richard Bartrop -

Superior Engineering
excellence in aircraft maintenance

Aircraft of the Spontoon Islands

Bloop! (raceplane mechanic) thumbnail - by Roy D. Pounds II
"Bloop!": Racing floatplane tune-up (Roy D Pounds II)

"...Jacques Schneider's original wish to promote interest
in seaplaning had degenerated into a madcap struggle for
speed supremacy using planes built only for racing
and good for nothing else."

(from 'The Story of the Schneider Trophy Race' in This Was Air Travel
by Henry R.Palmer, Jr. -

Rocket 88 Thumbnail by Stuart McCarthy
"Rocket-88" by Stuart McCarthy [Larger image here - 1.1 MByte]

Speed Week Billboard on beach - by Warren Hutch
Speed Week billboard on beach - by Warren Hutch
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/warren/  -  warrenhutch@yahoo.com