Ladies and Gentlemen:

In this week’s update: Advance team travels South: Work progresses for upcoming fall test session: Shadle drives Green’s Lakester at this year’s Speedweek.

Advance Team Travels to Black Rock and Edwards AFB

Steve checks surface hardness

Darren Grove, Steve Wallace, Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle put about 2000 miles on the van this week as they traveled South to inspect the lakebed playa at the Black Rock Desert and then later the next day at Edwards AFB.

Using a hardness gauge invented by Steve over 6 years ago, precise measurements can be made and compared with previous test sessions.  Data is recorded and archived for future reference.

Ed, Darren & Steve
Darren & Steve

After spending half the day on the Black Rock desert and surveying several test sites, the four headed further south to Edwards AFB.

At Edwards AFB entrance

Weekend Update

Keith led our young team members, Chris and Austin, in measuring and pattern making his design as a first phase in having the mid wheel fairing rolled and formed to specification.  Rich and Keith also spent time in determining the best position and attachment of the shaped air deflector that will be mounted forward of the front wheel.

Chris & Austin
Front wheel deflector

Responding to computer data gathered by our aerodynamic team, attention is being focused on designing and positioning fairings and features that will effectively direct air flow over and around the fuselage and wheel assemblies during mid to high speed runs.

Steve Wallace
Steve Wallace
Steve & Laura

Steve was busy today in the instrumentation compartment tracing down and meter testing the many wire assemblies that compose the sensor system; making ready to track and record the every movement and condition of the car from start up to final braking and stop. It is the heart of the car and must be in tip top shape. Also needing attention today were the main batteries and the need to replace a worn out water pump that provides a cooling system for the on board computer.


Laura wielded a mean spatula on the grill as hamburgers and hot dogs were taken on by a hungry crew. Keith recounted the long drive down to California/Nevada last weekend and the subsequent meetings that put happy smiles on the advance team faces and made the long return trip well worth the effort. It appears that our upcoming fall test runs will be on a suitable lake bed surface.

Rich & Keith

Meanwhile, back at the Bonneville salt ranch, the Shadle family and our Canadian friends, Steve and Dave Green, have been racing on the salt during speed week.  They’ll meet up with NAE™ team members Eric Whittler and Leslie Porterfield, both who will be attending this year’s time trails.  More tales to be told upon their return.

Thanks NAE™ Team Members

This  week we want to thank team members Von Armstrong, Steve Wallace, Laura Sawicki, Rich Pengelley,  Keith Zanghi, Austin Waage, Chris Greene and Omar Chramosta for making progress on the 56 foot long jet car.  In the upcoming weeks, the team will be traveling to Shelton Airport to do a series of engine tests in preparation for our upcoming test session.  The next two months are going to be very busy at the hangar in Spanaway.  So, stay tuned!