successful formula one racer of all time. Now preserved in
the EAA museum.
This all composite Sharp DR-90 model was
designed and built by Californian Jon Sharp and a 3 member
team, Cory Bird, Dan Bond and Steve Ericson. Construction
was completed in July 1991 and only minor modifications were
accomplished prior to its first racing at Reno in September
where it won the Gold Race at 245. 264. It thus became the
first plane since the 1947 Goodyear meet to win the national
championship in its first race meet ... a notable beginning.
In ten subsequent race meets through 1996, NEMESIS placed
1st in thirty consecutive races, an unprecedented air racing
accomplishment, and in doing so, set two national qualifying
records and a new national speed record for Formula One
racing at 255.257 at Reno in 1993.
In that six year span of race wins, this plane under the
hand of the veteran Sharp, won six successive national
championships at an average speed 244.68 MPH. This is a
consecutive championship record exceeded only by one other
Formula One aircraft in the history of the class.
In seeking broader competitive horizons, Sharp and his sleek
NEMESIS twice established new world speed records for class
C-la (Group 1) aircraft on a 3 KM course ... the first at
Oshkosh, Wisconsin in August '93 at 277.26MPH and the second
at the same location 3 years later at 283.75.