In this Update: Jessi had the Hammer; Hangar overhaul continues; More pictures from Grand National Roadster Show; Ed briefs the Team
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Today’s work party included: Von Armstrong, Les Holm, Steve Rima, Jon Higley, Keith Zanghi, Omar Chramosta, Eric Helpenstell, Steve and Libby Wallace, Cam and Ed Shadle.
|Jessi Combs wins the Spec 4700 Class at the King of The Hammers offroad race!|
Well the biggest news story with the North American Eagle™ team this week is Jessi Combs; she was the winner in her class in the King of The Hammers off road race! Driving for the Falken Tire Team, she won in the Spec 4700 class. The King of The Hammers is an off road race that combines desert racing with rock crawling. The 165 mile long race is held at the Means Dry Lake Bed in Johnson Corner, California. Congratuations Jessi!
As you read last week, the team continued to do 5 Ss this weekend: Sorting, Straightening (orderliness), Shining (Cleanliness), Standardizing (create rules) and Sustaining (Self-disciplining) in the hangar. With the Eagle still sitting safe in the transporter trailer at Walrath Trucking, the team completely went wall to wall to make the operation a lot more efficient. Les Holm, Steve Wallace and Keith Zanghi are experts in the 5 Ss, an integral part of the Toyota Production System. Next week the Eagle will be unloaded into its new space.
|Family that cleans together stays together||Steve Wallace sorts through another cabinet|
|Chief Master Sgt Omar Chramosta (USAF Ret)||Jon Higley using a #4 Counter Brush|
|Steve Rima and Steve Wallace||Everything was touched|
Fun at work! Horsing around
|Libby has the tangles!|
Ed spent some time at a swap meet and he and son, Cameron, appeared later in the day. Also visiting were Garrett Holm and his wife, Tenille. Another full day of work on the hangar rearrangement is beginning to make some headway; taking inventory of working materials and sorting through items that have served their purpose and are out the door. Our 56′ long North American Eagle will have much more room when she is rolled back into the hangar next week. The end of the work day saw Ed gather the team and lead a briefing on current media and upcoming events surrounding our plans for a very speedy year.
Next week we will unload the car. Next Sunday will be the first annual North American Eagle™ ski adventure. Eric Wittler will be up to blow the doors off of Keith and Ed on their skis…we’ll see. All team members and friends are welcome!
More Photos from GNRS!
|Ed Shadle||John Drury, Keith Zanghi and Steve Wallace|
Onloading the car is always a combination of excitement and the feeling you just spent too much time at the gym! Everyone worked very hard and by the end of the day, were pretty well worn out!
|The work is done! Thanks to AERIAL Machine and Tool|
|Night under the palm trees. Ready for the crowds!|
|Team Barris Kustom visits the Eagle|
|Ed requests an autograph from George||Keith escorts George|
|George autographs the Eagle!||Tony Wood and Big Al|
|Ed, Doreen, and Tony||Danny Thompson|
One of the advantages of being one of the featured attractions is getting to meet the other custom car builders attending the show. George Barris of Barris Kustom, Danny Thompson and Luc De Lay from Marcel’s Metal Forming came by to talk to the team. George brought his entourage by, led by his right hand man, Tony Wood. Barris Kustom, better known as custom car builder to the stars, built thousands of cars over the years. George built the original Batmobile and car number # 1 sold at Barret-Jackson’s last year for $4.2 million dollars!
|Les, Steve and Libby talk to Marcel||Les talks to Marcel|
|Luc, Inger and Marcel De Lay||Future Fireman!|
Probably the number # 1 coach builder in the world, folks from Marcel’s Metal Forming stopped by to see the team. Luc, Inger and Marcel, the day before, had just given the team a tour of their shop. It was now time to return the favor. Luc’s son Taylor flies the Wolfe Air Camera Plane that is used to film all of the overhead shots you see on the website. What would hot rod shows be with out Pinup Girls? Below are this year’s top three.
|Winner (White) and 1st and 2nd Runner Up|
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|The Grand National Roadster Show trip was sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool|
Since 1926, AERIAL Machine and Tool has been a top supplier for the US Department of Defense, a distinction that continues today. The company expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses, restraints and case goods. These products remain an important part of AERIAL’s business even today. They support every branch of the US Armed Services: Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.
For 10 years AERIAL Machine and Tool has been supporting the efforts of the North American Eagle™. We are proud to be associated with them! Visit their website and see the amazing contribution they are making to our country!
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well. We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available! It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible. The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update. Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.
For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility! You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.
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Eric Wittler provides many of our website photos. Visit him at ChasingClouds.net. Here he is with his Lenovo Laptop