The world’s fastest log car created in Williams Lake by Pioneer Log Homes raised $350,000 for veterans groups at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ Friday. Barrett-Jackson Co. photo

The world’s fastest log car created in Williams Lake by Pioneer Log Homes raised $350,000 for veterans groups at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ Friday. Barrett-Jackson Co. photo

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

The Williams Lake creators of the world’s fastest log car are celebrating the fact it sold for $350,000 US at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona Friday evening.

“It’s a bit emotional,” Bryan Reid Sr. of Pioneer Log Homes of B.C. told the Tribune from Arizona. “I’m here with Gerald Overton Sr. We put thousands and thousands of hours into the car over the last four years. Two years building it and two years taking it out and exposing it to bring awareness that all the money raised would go toward veterans groups.”

The log car, known as the Cedar Rocket, actually sold three times during its turn on the auction block Friday.

“One person bought it and donated it back,” Reid explained. “The second person bought it and did the same and then a third person bought it. That’s a first for Barrett-Jackson.

Each car is on the auction block for about three minutes, but because the Cedar Rocket was auctioned three times, it was up for almost five minutes.

In the end, it was purchased by the owner of a car museum in Virginia Beach, VA.

“He wants to have it on display in his museum,” Reid said. “He has the Batmobile and some other exotic cars so it’s going to be in good company.”

Joining Reid and Overton was Louis Horschel from Buffalo Turbine who had donated the turbines for the Cedar Rocket.

“He flew in from New York to join us,” Overton said.

“We had a lot of soldiers at our booth and an honour guard that came up with us on stage,” Reid added. “And there were Canadian and US flags in front and back of the car. That’s another first for Barrett-Jackson.”

Describing the experience as electrifying, Reid said there were Canadians and Americans in the crowd cheering them on and they received a standing ovation.

“It was an amazing crowd,” Overton added. “It was just fantastic.”

A great moment at the auction was when retired United States Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry Brady made a speech.

“He talked about citizens as well as military and citizens that recognize what the military is doing and do things like we did to help the military,” Reid said. “It was a very wonderful speech. I believe he’s the highest decorated living soldier living in America today.”

Reid encouraged people to research Brady’s accomplishments, noting he flew more than 2,500 helicopter missions in Vietnam and evacuated over 5,000 wounded combat soldiers.

”He’s a hero’s hero,” Reid said of Brady. “He’s a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honour and is the former president of the Congressional Medal of Honour Society.”

Proceeds from the car’s sale are going to the Congressional Medal of Honour Society, the Boot Campaign out of Texas, Yellow Ribbon America out of Southern California and the Royal Canadian Branch 139, Reid said.

“This is truly one of the highlights of my life,” he added. “Gerald custom built the frame and suspension, and was totally responsible for the mechanical aspects of the car. Without him, these great organizations wouldn’t have got these donations.”

Thankful to the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Reid and Overton said the company did not charge the seller or the buyers anything meaning all of the money went to the veterans.

Read More: BC Company donates world’s fastest log car to sell for veterans

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore Parks and Recreation facilities face a challenging future in terms of funding, due to reduced operations throughout the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore Parks and Recreation faces challenging future

West Shore Parks and Recreation Society submits 2021 budget request to owner municipalities

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after cancellations on Friday due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police seek suspect after woman nearly robbed while getting out of vehicle

Incident occurred before 7 a.m. Feb. 17 in parking lot off Cordova Bay Road

Saskatoon resident liajah Pidskalny poses with his bike near the University of Victoria after putting on thousands of kilometres to raise awareness of the overdose and mental health crisis. (Courtesy Iliajah Pidskalny)
Saskatoon cyclist winds up mental health and overdose awareness ride in Victoria

Iliajah Pidskalny braves prairie winter conditions to get word out to communities

Gabriel Swift, 23, is one of three Victoria filmmakers chosen to receive $20,000 Telus Storyhive grants to produce Local Heroes documentaries. (Courtesy of Gabriel Swift)
Three Victoria filmmakers producing ‘local heroes’ documentaries with $20,000 grants

Telus Storyhive providing $20,000 to 40 Western Canada productions

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Most Read