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Big Guy, Big Heart


The team and I are heartbroken to relay the news that we’ve lost a great friend and principal crew member, Eric “The Big Guy” Hoenig. Those of you who’ve been following our project for years know how much of a struggle it was to rebuild the Challenger 2. In the middle of that difficult process, Eric miraculously dropped into our lives. He wanted to help, and it didn’t take long for us to discover that there was nothing too big or too small for The Big Guy. Before we knew it, he was an essential member of the team. When we were racing, he handled the nitro. When we weren’t, he was doing anything else he could think of, always giving his all and never asking for anything in return. We have more than 25 crew members, and every single one of them loved and respected him. He was a terrific friend to Valerie and myself, and we already miss him terribly. 

Thanks for everything E-man. We couldn’t have done this without you.