Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. owner Bryan Reid Sr. (left) and project engineer Gerald Overton Sr. stand with a cedar log which has been made into a race car. It is expected the creation will garner Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. a world record while raising money for veterans.

Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. owner Bryan Reid Sr. (left) and project engineer Gerald Overton Sr. stand with a cedar log which has been made into a race car. It is expected the creation will garner Pioneer Log Homes Ltd. a world record while raising money for veterans.

Pioneer speeds toward record

Pioneer Log Homes is hoping to set a world record while raising funds for veterans groups with the creation of a log car.

Pioneer Log Homes is hoping to set a world record while raising funds for veterans groups with the creation of a log car.

For two years now, the Williams Lake-based company has been planning the project, said founder and owner Bryan Reid Sr.

“It’s the first of its kind to our knowledge. We got a hold of Guinness and they said we would be eligible for the world record and they would create a category for log cars.”

The car’s body is made from one giant cedar tree harvested near Bella Bella and powered by two Buffalo turbines, made by one of Pioneer’s customers in Buffalo, New York.

“It is exciting,” Reid said of the project.  “There’s already a standing bid on it and it is very substantial. All proceeds will go towards veterans.”

The plan is to test the car in the Great Basin, Nevada area before heading to the Barret-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2016 where the car will be sold to the highest bidder.

“It’s the number one car auction for collector automobiles in the world,” Reid said, noting Pioneer representatives attend the auction every year to promote their company to customers who like “one-of-a-kind” items, such as their log homes or their latest creation, the log car.

Reid credited Gerald Overton Sr. for being in charge of the mechanical aspects of the log car while Pioneer has been in charge of all the wood work.

The car will weigh about 2,200 pounds once it’s completed.

Smiling, Reid said to stayed tuned for the rest of the story.

 

 

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