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The big race of the meet was the Thompson Trophy for speed craft only. Many and varied in design were the planes entered. Powered by the largest engines available, the wings of these little craft were so stubby that it seemed impossible for them to get off the ground. Their landing speed often was in excess of 100 miles per hour – but how they could go in the air.

One pylon marking the course was in front of the grandstand. The little racers would come in low over the edge of the field, almost cutting the grass and go into a vertical bank around the pylon and then thunder away to the next turn. Roscoe Turner is now rounding the pylon and slamming away down the course. Eventually he won the race.