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  First posted 24 August 2008
Speed Week begins - 24 August 2014
This page re-organized with linked pages - 27 August 2014
*  Updates 27 August 2014  *
**  Updates 4 September 2014  **
***  Updates 26 September 2014  ***
****  Updates & Reformat 16 October 2014  ****
*****  Art Updates 23 October 2014  *****

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

[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.

"Coming In Full-Throttle" by Jerry Collins
**  "Coming In Full-Throttle" - by Jerry Collins  **
(Larger file here - 1 MByte)

Welcome to Speed Week!

Links to sub-pages
Speed Week History & the Schneider Trophy
Stories about Speed Week & Racing
Air Racing Art Archive 1
Air Racing Art Archive 2
Air Racing Art Archive 3
Air Racing Art Archive 4
Air Racing Personalities
Auto & Motorcycle Racing
Spectators - Tourists and Locals

Information for Contributors

'Wanna Lei' welcomes you to Speed Week (thumbnail) - 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)

"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)

"By the Skin of Our Teeth" - by Jerry Collins
"By the Skin of Our Teeth" - by Jerry Collins

"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
**  Aircraft Race Art - Page 3  **
*****  Aircraft Race Art - Page 4  *****
(Links to separate pages with open images - large in size)
*  These pages with art added & art shuffled - 27 August 2014  *
** Art added 4 September 2014  **
*** Art added 26 September 2014  ***
*****  Art added 23 October 2014  *****

"Another thing that had to be taken into consideration was the number
of competitors in this Pacific flight. Already nine planes had been
entered and there probably would be more. He knew some of the airmen
by reputation; plucky skillful pilots who would give any man
a race for his money...."

(Ted Scott, pilot, in First Stop Honolulu, by Franklin W. Dixon, 1927 - page 114)

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)

Air Racing 1945 & 1946
as reported by Simon Barber

Rocket 88 Thumbnail by Stuart McCarthy
"Rocket-88" by Stuart McCarthy [Larger image here - 1.1 MByte]
Speed Week snail by JWKennedy
Speed Week snail by JWKennedy

"Ahead, dangerously close to his track, was a rowing boat and Kenworthy
applied a little rudder to steer (his flying-boat) clear. Immediately the Pellet
began to porpoise violently, its hull hitting the water with resounding
thumps.... the Pellet became airborne in a semi-stalled condition and,
pushed to starboard by propeller torque, the wingtip touched the surface
and the aircraft heeled over and went beneath the surface like a stone."

(Pre-race tests, 1923. The Schneider Trophy, by David Mondey, 1975 - page 127)

Speed Week Stories

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

" 'This was Mr. Kenworthy's second bath in the Pellet, which after
its double diving demonstration may as well be
known in the future as the Plummet.' "

(C. G. Grey, quoted in The Schneider Trophy, by David Mondey, 1975 - page 128))

*****         *****
Air-Racing Personalities
The Sorensteen Sisters
Lady Katie MacArran
Lady Pamela Fenwick
Sophia (Casadonte) Bianco
Ilsa Klensch
The McCradden Family
*****  Diverse Mechanics  *****

"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 Racing  ****

"You pedal it." A driver for the Speed Week Races - Juvenile Automobile Class) - by Taral Wayne
****  "You pedal it."  (More background at Taral's archive)  ****
(A new driver for the Spontoon Speedweek Races - Juvenile Automobile Class)
Cartoon by Taral Wayne - Larger files here (455 KBytes) & here (756 KBytes)

****  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)

Spectators  *
Tourists & Locals

Leena Klarasdottir will answer your questions - by Ken Fletcher
Lenna Klarasdottir answers your questions - by Ken Fletcher  *

Drama by the Lagoon! - Art by Ken Fletcher
Drama by the Lagoon! - by Ken Fletcher  *

"A tourist notices a female pilot from one the local aeronautical schools"


Superior Engineering
excellence in aircraft maintenance

Aircraft of the Spontoon Islands

Information for Contributors

"...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. -

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

"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)