Scioto Downs Racetrack has been in business for over 50 years just south of Columbus. Their feature is their ‘Googie’ style grandstand, which is unfortunately having some structural issues and is closed so you sit on plastic chairs along the apron of the track. Nevertheless the racing goes on…
The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.
There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.
One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.
A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.
Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.
The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.
A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.
The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.
The coordinator had a great hat.
A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.
Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.
A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.
Some model jets made an appearance.
Another close landing.
In the end it was a great show.
While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!
East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.
Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.
Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.
The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.
Costumes, and props are encouraged.
Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.
In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.
The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.
While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.
The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.
The victors of a heat return to cheers.
The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.
One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.
One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.
A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.
These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.
Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.
Another sinking at the dock.
While in Pittsburgh you must catch a baseball game!
Some ugly uniforms in honor of the 4th of July long weekend
I hate it when I get hit there.
Yes he caught it
I always wanted to be a beer vendor and say IRON CITY BEER HERE
Pierogi Races of course
ALMOST caught it – but nope – home run for San Francisco.
A day in Cincinnati for a couple of tours (other posts) resulted in some ‘scenes of the city’ shots…
The view from the Incline Pub on the west side of Cincinnati.
With a major bridge under construction causing massive traffic jams, we took the Anderson Ferry to Kentucky.
The Pride Parade had just ended as we arrived downtown.
The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating their 50th season (still without a Super Bowl win!)
Cincinnati Streetcar barn
Rookwood Pottery Mural
In the early 1960s small British car manufacturer AC partnered with famed automotive genius Carroll Shelby to build the Cobra. This fabulous 2 seater has remained to this day one of the best examples of a sports car ever built.
A series of events over the years has lead to a large ‘replica’ market. We caught up with the Cobra Club at a truck stop near an interstate west of Columbus as they prepared to parade into the small town of London. With nearly 100 Cobra’s it was impossible for me to find the replica’s from the originals. Either way it was an impressive site, these spectacular sports cars gathered amongst the trucks.
Cars were from all over the U.S. and Canada.
A Daytona – original or replica???
The parade awaits…
They are off…
Some proud Canadians…
An unusual site for those not expecting it, these classic cars sailing across the Ohio soybean and cornfields.