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In the early 1980s the British Air Racing Championship was developed with the reformation of the Royal Aero Club Competition Committee into the Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association, allocating points according to position in the field at the finish of each air race, accumulating throughout a racing season.
As soon as aircraft developed to the stage that they would stay airborne for predictable amounts of time, pilots started to pit their skills and aircraft against each other both personally and on a national and international basis. The earliest air races attracted an international audience and large cash prizes were offered for the winners. Perhaps the epitome of this would be the Schneider Trophy. As aircraft became more diverse, handicapping was adopted in Britain to level the playing field. The first handicapped race was held in 1922, sponsored by King George V--the King's Cup. In 1931 the rules were re-written to allow amateur pilots to compete in standard production aircraft. Those rules still apply today, with some minor modifications and the King's Cup remains the only air race to receive royal patronage.
Handicapped air racing was a British phenomenon, although latterly the concept has been used to stage air races worldwide.
A typical handicapped air racing season comprises some eight venues and 16 races. The maximum points available for a win in each race is 100 on a sliding scale.
The winner of this cumulative championship is known as the British Air Racing Champion and the trophy associated with it is the Jubilee Trophy. This silver cup was originally presented in 1952. The runner-up is awarded the Brian McBride Trophy, a silver bowl on a wooden plinth.