In this update: Ed Shadle’s Celebration of Life

Edward Joseph Shadle

July 27, 1941, to September 7, 2018

Copyright © 2016 Thomas “Pork Pie” Graf

Last month the team applied a permanent memorial to Ed  on the Eagle

Today in an overflowing display of love the entire North American Eagle® Team, members from the Greyhound Pets of America, the Spanaway Airport gang, Walden’s Hot Rod Garage, The Chicken Coup Tuesday hot rodders, Sumner High School classmates, members from the Tacoma Scubaneers, Bonneville and El Mirage Racers, Desert Motorcycle Racers, neighbors, retired IBM employees, relatives, and friends,  all came together in a celebration of life for our leader, Ed Shadle.  The crowds saw videos, listened to and told stories, and shared laughs and tears.

Team photo with Ed’s 32 Coupe

Ed never owned up to the number of friends he had, but they are many. Judging from the ones that shared his celebration day today at the Le May Collections at Marymount Center, and later at Lady Luck Steakhouse, we needed a lot more space to fit everyone in. There were countless others who wanted to be here but sent their regrets. To all of those friends, Team NAE and the Shadle family sends out a sincere thank you for taking part in this tribute to a very special man.

Front Cover_ Ed’s Celebration of Life Brochure

Theodore Roosevelt Quote Below

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Elaine talking to family and friends

Don and Jill Mitchell

Shawn Driver and Donna Gray

Ken Broyles

After 3 hours, the group left the beautiful grounds at LeMay Collections at Marymount and headed over to Ed’s favorite restaurant, Lady Luck’s Cowgirls Up Steakhouse and Saloon.   The party continued for another five hours!  Lots of stories and comforting of friends.

Ed’s son Cameron drove his mom Elaine in the ’32

Some of our favorite photos of Ed featured in the Celebration of Life brochure

Craig Breedlove, Rosco McGlashan and Ed Shadle – 2007 Black Rock Test Session

Celebrating Jessi Combs-the world’s fastest woman on four wheels

Ed dreamed of being a fighter pilot in the USAF

Jessi Combs and Ed Shadle after a great test session

Goofing around after a great day

Leader and father figure


A Team Tradition.  Birthday photo with the Billy Goat Tavern Hat

Ed and Lars Pedersen

Ed and Eddie Harris with special edition NAE artwork


Surprise Birthday Gift

Ed rebuilt his Uncle Westley’s old car without his knowledge and presented it to him

Another Ed:  The late Ed Drumheller II, parachute and aviation egress specialist

Ed checking out the cockpit years ago

Ed’s siblings

Rodney, Brenda, Ed, and Roxanne

Ed and Elaine

SEMA 2014 Appearance

Inger and Luc De Ley at 2014 Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS)

Jay Leno in Burbank; circa 2006

With Tony Wood at 2014 GNRS

With Big Boy 4014 Locomotive, Pomona 2014

Col Joe Kittinger and Wife Sherry

Jessi Combs on the job training with Ed Shadle

Arnold Palmer in 2009

With Dave Stevenson at 2014 Grand National Roadster Show

On the 40th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong moon landing – 2009

Jessi Comb’s photo

Special Thanks to Doug LeMay, Nancy LeMay, and to Trudie and Tono Sablan from the LeMay Collections at Marymount for all their work;  and also to Lorraine at Lady Luck’s Cowgirl Up Steakhouse and Saloon for reserving half of her restaurant for the friends of Ed Shadle.