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The trophy was presented to the Soaring Society of America in 1955 by the Larissa Stroukoff Memorial Fund, a fund set up by the late Larissa Stroukoff, wife of Michael Stroukoff, President of Stroukoff Aircraft Corporation to assist young people in their aviation education and interests. The trophy, which stands 19 ½ inches tall, was designed by Mr. Michael Stroukoff himself, and is executed in silver on an ebony base.
The trophy is perpetual, being held by each recipient until the next award. The winners' name with dates are engraved on the trophy. And, also, the recipient is presented with a certificate attesting to the award, and a cash stipend derived from an endowment fund for the trophy.
The deed of gift of the trophy included $5,000 in cash with the stipulation that it be used for the purchase of U.S. Government interest-bearing bonds. On August 9, 1955, the money was used to purchase a $5,000 U.S. Treasury 3% Bond. As stipulated, a portion of the Bond's annual interest as determined by the SSA Board of Directors, is presented to that year's winner of the trophy. The remainder is retained by the SSA Treasurer as a special fund for the maintenance of the trophy.
The achievement during the Nationals for which the trophy was awarded originally was the best out-and-return flight. For the first few years when there were still pilot-selected tasks, this was the longest such flight. In later years it was awarded for the best speed over an out-and-return task. The task was changed to triangular for the 1970 and subsequent Nationals, and finally to any task.
Past holders of the Larissa Stroukoff Memorial Trophy are as follows:
2021 - Jim Lee: 108.32 mph over a 365.75 sm course, Minden, NV
2020 - No contest
2019 - Jim Lee: 94.05 mph over a 261.65 sm course
2018 - David Mockler: 95.96 mph over a 287.64 sm course
2017 - Jim Lee: 73.94 mph over a 236.55 sm course
2016 - Keith Essex: 113.41 mph over a 297.06 sm course
2015 - Richard Butler: 90.98 mph over a 301.71 sm course
2014 - Bill Gawthrop: 95.60 mph over a 331.10 sm course
2013 - Ron Tabery: 99.95 mph over a 337.29 sm course
2012 - Ray Gimmey: 93.39 mph over a 430.30 sm course
2011 - Ron Tabery: 101.16 mph over a 377.74 sm course
2010 - Ron Tabery: 69.60 mph over a 207.33 mile course
2009 - Ron Tabery: 84.55 mph over a 327.04 mile course
2008 - Richard Butler:
2007 - No contest
2006 - Garret Willat: 97.87 mph over a 351.78 mile course
2005 - Garret Willat: 85.30 mph over a 319.52 mile course
2004 - Eric Mozer: 83.51 mph over a 296.88 mile course
2003 - Richard Butler: 72.88 mph over a 262.12 mile triangle
2002 - Ronald S. Tabery: 84.78 mph over a 283.02 mile course
1999 - Tom & Jim Payne
1996 - Allen L. Leffler: 96.41 mph over 274.12 mile triangle
1990 - Karl Striedieck: 73.64 mph over 138.92 mile triangle
1989 - Tom Knauff: 80.96 mph over 197.59 mile triangle
1988 - Ron Tabery: 87.71 mph over 304.1 mile triangle
1987 - David G. Jones, Jr.: 85.05 mph over 250.8 mile triangle
1986 - H. Ray Gimmey: 89.54 mph over 190.5 mile triangle
1985 - Richard H. Johnson: 69.92 mph over 242.5 mile triangle
1984 - H. Ray Gimmey: 99.95 mph over 221.9 mile triangle
1983 - Allen L. Leffler: 87.58 mph over 340.23 mile triangle
1982 - George Moffat, Jr.: 80.69 mph over 222.2 mile triangle
1981 - Richard H. Johnson: 60.34 mph over 202 mile triangle
1980 - Richard Butler: 90.99 mph over 326.9 mile triangle
1979 - Richard Butler: 92.44 mph over 347.3 mile triangle
1978 - Andrew J. Smith: 57.05 mph over 106.2 mile triangle
1977 - Richard Butler: 75.88 mph over 224.5 mile triangle
1976 - Andrew J. Smith: 73.3 mph over 128.7 mile triangle
1975 - Richard H. Johnson: 75.17 mph over 173.2 mile triangle
1974 - Victor L. Peres: 67.34 mph over 120.0 mile triangle
1973 - Tom Brandes: 68.6 mph over 204.5 mile triangle
1972 - Robert Chase: 80.5 mph over 278 mile triangle
1971 - Andrew J. Smith: 65.1 mph over 154.0 mile triangle
1970 - James G. Smiley: 74.1 mph over 190.5 mile triangle
1969 - Wallace A. Scott, Sr.
1968 - Gleb Durujinsky, Jr.
1967 - Andrew J. Smith
1966 - George B. Moffat, Jr.
1965 - Richard E. Schreder
1964 - John D. Ryan
1963 - Richard E. Schreder
1962 - C.M. Mears, Jr.
1961 - Richard E. Schreder
1960 - Richard E. Schreder
1959 - Richard E. Schreder
1958 - Richard E. Schreder
1957 - Paul A. Schweizer
1956 - Lyle A. Maxey
1955 - Stephen J. Bennis