B.C.-made motorized log goes up for sale

B.C.-made motorized log goes up for sale

The Cedar Rocket weighs over 1,000 kg and is fully electric. (Pioneer Log Homes)

The Cedar Rocket weighs over 1,000 kg and is fully electric. (Pioneer Log Homes)

If you have ever dreamed about owning the world’s fastest motorized log, you may soon be in luck.

The Cedar Rocket, which set the record for the world’s fastest log car, is up for auction.

The car was built by the team at Pioneer Log Homes of Williams Lake, B.C. whose builders were featured on the HGTV show Timber Kings.

Company founder Bryan Reid Sr. usually builds luxury log homes but decided to try creating the Cedar Rocket after he went to the Barrett-Jackson luxury car auction in Arizona back in 2014.

“When there’s thousands of cars being auctioned off… sooner or later it comes to ‘why don’t you build a log car,'” he told CBC in a 2015 interview about the project.

Reid’s high school friend and mechanic Gerald Overton and a former client, Louis Horschel of Buffalo Turbine in New York, helped make the car from a single tree trunk of B.C. red cedar and parts from a Mazda RX-8 sports car and turbines.

The group decided to make the car electric as adding a fuel tank to a wooden vehicle was too complex.

In January 2016, Reid drove the Cedar Rocket around a race track in front of Guinness World Records book officials. It was the first time the car, which weighs approximately 1,000 kilograms, had been driven.

Reid had to complete the track two times within an hour and achieve a minimum speed of 50 km/h to qualify for the record. He ended up hitting 76 km/h.

The car was later brought to events across North America and was featured in a Timber Kings episode.

The Cedar Rocket is up for auction at lot #3005 in the 2018 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. Bids are accepted in-person or online.

All proceeds will be donated to veteran’s groups in Canada and the United States, including the Royal Canadian Legion. Reid hopes to get six or seven figures for the vehicle.

With files from the CBC


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