Ian Elstob, Sunderland born and bred Mackem. A quiet family man who enjoys holidays as well as a very enjoyable hobby flying tipplers.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN FLYING TIPPLERS?
About 18 years.
WHICH STRAINS DO YOU KEEP?
My own familly of Hughes for 16 years and also a family from Tom Dilks.
WHAT DO YOU PREFER COCKS /HENS?
Hens, all of my best times are from kits of hens.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST FLYER/FLYERS?
The kit of hens which did 20hrs twice flying them 20hrs then as 2 year olds flying them 20hrs 52 mins winning the national and then gaining the Northeast record. Also flying another record with another kit of hens on the fly before the longday 20 Hours 15 Minutes.
WHAT IS THE BEST KIT YOU HAVE WITNESSED?
Apart from my own kit of 20hrs 52 mins I witnessed Rob Savages 18 Hrs 15 kit. Also the legend Davey Warreners kit of cocks win the cocks only fly on 19hrs 40. They could have done 20 hrs easy but his arse fell out.
DESCRIBE YOUR LOFT SET UP ?
24ft in three 8ft sections, one for breeding, one for flying and one for stockbirds.
WHAT ARE YOUR OLDBIRD TIMES AND POSITIONS?
2002 20HRS52MINS 1ST NATIONAL PLACE ,2006 18HRS 15MINS 1ST PLACE NATIONAL 2007 20HRS 15MINS FIRST PLACE NATIONAL , 2008 16HRS 56MINS 1ST PLACE NATIONAL. OTHER TIMES OVER THE YEARS INCLUDE 18HRS 10 MINS ,17HRS 36 MINS ,16HRS 55MINS, 18HRS00 MINS, 17HRS 45MINS ,19HRS 35MINS,19HRS05MINS,17HRS05MINS, 18HRS16 MINS, 18NRS 30 MINS, 16HRS06 MINS ,17HRS00MINS, 16HRSO1MINS,
YOUR DISQUALIFIEDS 19HRS 45MINS, 18HRS 30MINS,19HRS,15HRS05,16HRS 05 MINS AND MANY MANY OTHERS
WHAT ARE YOUR YOUNGBIRD TIMES AND POSITIONS?
Best times 16HRS55MINS 16HRS06MINS 13HRS02MINS. As well as many disqualifications for some reason I always seem to struggle with youngbirds so therefore still learning .
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS IN TIPPLERS ?
Losing kits after kits having settled them. Also on a fly with oldbirds on 19hrs 45mins I got disqualified when my hallogen bulb popped. By the time I replaced it I was over the time allowed over 20hrs. ( I would strongly recomend you keep a replacement to hand).
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT IN TIPPLERS ?
It has got to be my best time of 20hrs 52mins, having flown 20hrs the year before. Also travelling around parts of Europe, meeting some nice people and having made some good friends along the way.
HAVE YOU ANY ADVICE FOR THE NOVICE?
When you are looking for birds to start off with, go to a consistant flyer for advice and birds not a breeder.