Separated by a Common Language and Three Seconds

Criterium of Aces, Bierset '65. Photo: Pete Soule

L to R: Herb Stockton, Dick Place, Don Jehlik, Don Haworth

Place/Haworth (UK) winners, Stockton/Jehlik (USA) runners up, three seconds behind.

These teams collected three World and two European Championships. P/H just reached one each when this picture was taken. S/J in the next three years took two World and one European title. The European title in spite of being from USA, as the E/Ch were at that time unofficial.

S/J qualified for the '64 US team, but the AMA directors disqualified them on an issue completely bogus. In a settlement after sueing AMA, they got funded to go to the Criterium in compensation.

The models represent opposite design philosophies:
P/H:s Super Nova goes at length to reduce turbulence. High aspect ratio with the purpose to get a low wing Reynold's number in combination with a laminar flow wing section and immaculate surfaces at the expense of higher weight.
S/J:s Jefe has low aspect ratio to minimize weight and to use induced drag for braking during landing. Surfaces are relatively crude, also saving weight.

British Pride in 1964.

See also Pete Soule's web pages about the Stockton/Jehlik and Place/Haworth teams!