North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger & 3-Time Land Speed Record Holder to Appear at NHRA Seattle Drag Races Aug. 3-5
Get Up Close to the North American Eagle™ & Meet Its
Record Breaking Drivers
The North American Eagle™ (NAE) Supersonic Speed Challenger will be on display at the O'Reilly NHRA Northwest Nationals Drag Races in Pacific Raceways near Kent, WA. The Eagle display will be staffed by 3-time land speed record holder and Mojave Magnum “200 MPH Club” member, Valerie Thompson and team owner/primary driver, Ed Shadle. Both Shadle and Thompson are Northwest natives. The NAE team is based in the Puget Sound area with an all-volunteer team of American and Canadian engineers and former military personnel.
Driver Valerie Thompson, Driver Ed Shadle and the NAE Team will be available for interviews and photos. Either drop by or call to schedule a time.
DATE: August 3-5, 2012
TIME: Gates open at 8:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042. Located 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 18.
The NAE Supersonic Speed Challenger was built with the purpose of bringing the world land speed record back to North America. The British have held the absolute land speed record since 1983 and increased the record in 1997 to an amazing 763 MPH. The NAE team will attempt to break that record as well as the female record, currently held by Kitty O'Neil at 512 MPH. Thompson will be driving the NAE to eclipse the female record and Shadle will be driving for the absolute record. With the cooperation of the Bureau of Land Management and adequate funding, both those records will fall over the next year.
The NAE is a 50,000 horsepower converted F-104 Lockheed Star Fighter jet, once flown by the most famous test pilots of the 50's and 60's. This jet-powered car is designed to travel over 800 mph. Thompson is a Team Owner/Pro Motorcycle driver who has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing's largest and most elite series.
Valerie Thompson Background
Thompson is owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who holds two land speed records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. She has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. Thompson was recently selected to pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger designed to eclipse the 512 mph world land speed record set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976. If successful, Thompson will be crowned the “World’s Fastest Female.”
The team’s sponsors include Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing systems, La-Man Corporation, CTEK Battery Chargers, Troon Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing Company, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auction, Swisstrax Interlocking Flooring, JEGS, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, Shorai Battery, ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink, and the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger Project.
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