In this Update: Ed Shadle’s Speedweek 2013 Report

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Ed Shadle Bonneville Speedweek 2013 Report

This year the schedule was a bit different. I had to drive my van to Salt Lake City then fly to Austin, TX for the National Instruments annual conference then return to SLC to drive back to Wendover for Speedweek. My son Cam rode down with Steve Green a day early so he got roped into being a tech inspector on the first two days.

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Les Holm drove his 1936 Ford on the salt flats.  He will be selling it in two years.

Les Holm and his friend Eric Siderits drove arrived on Friday afternoon and Jessi Combs arrived about 1 AM on Saturday morning after a 14 hour solo drive from Sturgis. The 6142 race team was finally gathered together by Saturday and ready to get busy. Dave Green, Calvin Dirks and his 4 boys and Dave’s cousin Eric (all Canadians) made up the rest of the team. Meanwhile, Eric Wittler and his team (The Lawnmower Guy) readied Cody Carlyle’s 1000 CC naked bike for the first runs on Saturday. After the traditional drivers meeting on the salt (manditory for all drivers and crew) Jessi then went through the rookie orientation. We’re now ready to go racing.

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A facebook friend, Yusuke Takanahashi from Japan had hitched a ride with me from the SLC airport so he was getting his first exposure to the USA. With no interpreter and our limited knowledge of the Japanese language, we did a lot of hand gesturing to get Yusuke up to speed. Eric Wittler adopted Yusuke and he spend most of the remaining week with their team, learning to drink home made beer, build bonfires, shoot guns and have fun the American way.

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Eric Wittler makes a run Eric’s car will be for sale in two years

The week went real well with the exception of three crashes (two are friends of mine) and dozens of spins. The courses were a bit difficult this year so setting a record was a real challenge. Eric came within .6 of a mile an hour of the record in his class (182+) and our 6142 lakester came up short on the last day by .3 mph of surpassing my record of 276.846 mph.

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Jessi Combs was at home in the 32 Roadster

Jessi was scheduled to drive the Thundersalt rear engine modified roadster but it burned a piston so we had to go to the backup plan. The 32 Ford C gas roadster, Rolling Bones, camped with the famous Bean Bandits team, offered her a ride in the roadster. Billy O was so gracious and helpful. Jessi was able to get her rookie license pass in and then backed it up with a nice run of 172 MPH.

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The week went real well with the exception of three crashes (two are friends of mine) and dozens of spins. The courses were a bit difficult this year so setting a record was a real challenge. Eric came within .6 of a mile an hour of the record in his class (182+) and our 6142 lakester came up short on the last day by .3 mph of surpassing my record of 276.846 mph. Jessi was scheduled to drive the Thundersalt rear engine modified roadster but it burned a piston so we had to go to the backup plan. The 32 Ford C gas roadster, Rolling Bones, camped with the famous Bean Bandits team, offered her a ride in the roadster. Billy O was so gracious and helpful. Jessi was able to get her rookie license pass in and then backed it up with a nice run of 172 MPH. 

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Nick Arias Jr with Les Holm and Eric Siderits

  

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Don The Snake Prudhomme Talks to Les Holm

 We were fast becoming the celebrity pits as all sorts of folks stopped by to visit. Names such as Ky (Rocketman) Michelson, Nick Arias Jr and legendary drag racer, Don The Snake Prudomme spent time visiting with us.  The Snake’s career will be a part of the new feature film coming out in September entitled the “Snake and Mongoose”  Click on the photo below to see the trailer. All in all, it was a great week.

Cheers………….Ed

 

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Team North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMay – America’s Car Museum

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We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile.  Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington

ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.  The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum New Sponsor

“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility. 

 

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