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Dave Latsha never turned anyone away that needed help with their racing program. On numerous occasions Dave would stop what he was doing at the moment to go out to the field and help a fellow racer test his new plane. Sometimes he would bring his motorhome which was like a rolling hobby shop to make sure that everything was on hand to help his fellow racer achieve success with that first flight. There are many of us that race today that owe a big thanks to Dave Latsha for his dedication and the patience he has displayed for anyone that needed a helping hand over the last forty plus years with their racing program.
Dave Latsha also accomplished a few things through his pylon racing career as well. He is an AMA Nationals Champion. He has won the prestigious Rough River QM15 Championship Race along with the Doolittle Dash at Rough River. Aside from these notable contests Dave has won numerous other events along his pylon racing career.
Dave designed and engineered the famed “Rivets” QM15 pylon racer kit. His design was a huge success. The kit was first class with detailed instructions that even a beginner would understand. His “Rivets” held the National Record in the mid 1970’s. His record setting airplane still hangs in his den today.
Pylon racing could surely use a few more gentlemen like my good friend Mr. Latsha. I think Dave deserves a place in the NMPRA Hall of Fame
Lee von Der Hey