Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Bryan Reid Sr., the Founder and President of Pioneer Log Homes, and also a co-star in the hit television show Timber Kings. Pioneer has always held a special place in Amy and I’s hearts, as one of our first “vacation dates” was to disconnect from our day-to-day and spend a weekend in a log home rental in Nashville, Indiana. We happened to stay in the Soaring Eagle, a 1632 SF model constructed by Pioneer. From the moment that we walked in the door to that home, we knew that designing and building a log home would be our goal and a big part of the rest of our lives. It also happens to be one of the main reasons why we started the Log Cabin Bureau. Since that day we’ve have been working hard to create a better log home building and buying experience.
When I found out that Brian would be traveling through Indianapolis, I had to jump at the chance to meet him in person. Brian happened to be in town at the Performance Racing Industry Convention showing off the Pioneer Cedar Rocket, and let me tell you – it’s something to admire. The idea for the Pioneer Cedar Rocket was first conceived in 2014 after Bryan, along with his friends Gerald Overton and Louis Horschel of Buffalo Turbine visited the Barrett Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trio started pondering how they could integrate the million-dollar car market and the million-dollar home market, all the while improving the lives of others.
This unique idea, coupled with over 3,000 man hours created a true masterpiece.
The Pioneer Cedar Rocket was created from a single Western Red Cedar log cut in British Columbia, Canada. Western Red Cedar is the primary wood used by Pioneer Log Homes – its natural oils and resins repel insects and prevent decay, making it the perfect building material. The Western Red Cedar tree that provided the log was born in 1776 making the Pioneer Cedar Rocket body 240 years old. Pioneer has marked several key growth rings on the rocket, showing us the size of the tree during important dates in history.
The Pioneer Cedar Rocket was carved by hand with a Husqvarna chainsaw and chisels. It is powered by batteries and weighs 2206 pounds.
On January 20, 2016 The Pioneer Cedar Rocket set the Guinness Wold Speed Record to become the fastest log car in the world with a top quarter mile speed of 55 MPH!
The Pioneer Cedar Rocket will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson. All proceeds will be going to Yellow Ribbon America, Medal of Honor Foundation and other various veteran’s charities. For more information about the Pioneer Cedar Rocket, visit Pioneer Log Homes.
Thank you again, Bryan!