Captains Log 11-29-14

Wow, what an absolutely awesome show this year and what a crazy whirlwind of a Punkin Chunkin season we have had – even though the WCPCA didn’t have the National competition in Delaware this year, I think team American Chunker went to more events and participated in more community activities than ever before! The entire team was on the go every weekend this past Fall. This sport is growing exponentially every year no matter what the obstacles may be.

A big thanks to all of our sponsors for their support this year! Team American Chunker would definitely not be where we are today without the support of these outstanding folks! Our sponsors are truly incredible people that help us with brilliant solutions and ideas! Whoa……How about all our fans? Our fans are by far the best and brightest people in the game! So far this year to date team AC has received 263 emails with well wishes and proposed modifications for the cannon. Keep the great ideas coming!

In case you were wondering where do you get your perfect pumpkins…..??? Team American Chunker works with the best growers in the business! These farmers enable us to practice with the best fruit you could ever ask for. It is a pleasure going to these different farms weekly and talking with the farmers about how they do what they do! Just an awesome experience. Just an awesome group of people on a whole host of levels, not to mention generous beyond the word! It’s Humbling to know how dedicated these folks are to our cause!

So what’s the one big secret to all your success? That’s an easy one! My incredible teammates are why we win and place high year in and year out. Their dedication and innovative ideas make us who we are. Our team operates better than a Swiss watch on and off the field. I consider myself extremely lucky to work with these guys both personally and professionally. These guys define what champions really are! Simply put, without great team members we don’t win!

Looking forward statement:
Fortunately, It now appears that the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association will have plenty of time to organize the 2015 Delaware event next November. Team American Chunker will definitely be on the field to defend our title. Team AC already has a nearly full 2015 schedule ahead of the next National competition. We are again, looking forward to working with our growers, sponsors and brilliant fans to see that a second championship comes to fruition. Well, I suppose the time has come for me to turn on the Science Channel and watch some Punkin Chunkin and then slip away into hibernation for yet another year – I’ve  just fired up the wood stove and my pumpkin palace is warming up nicely! Have a great year everyone! I’ll see you on the battlefield in 2015!
Cheers!

Brian H Labrie
Team Capt. American Chunker
Current WCPCA World Champions & World Record Holder

 

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World Premiere of the Annual PUNKIN CHUNKIN TV Special to Air Saturday November 29th at 8PM

The annual Punkin Chunkin television special will premiere in a simulcast event on Discovery and Science Channel on Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.  Entitled PUNKIN CHUNKIN: SUPERCHUNK!, former Mythbusters Kari Byron and Tory Belleci will make their return to the Discovery and Science Channel as hosts for this special event.    

As one of the select teams which participated in the filming, we can tell you this show is going to be truly awesome! There will be a countdown of the TOP Punkin Chunkin moments in history, along with lots of new footage, including an all new competition format and some really crazy stuff you’ve never seen before. 

We’ve been sworn to secrecy on further details, but this is definitely one you’re not going to want to miss!

 

 http://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/punkin-chunkin-superchunk/

 

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Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Adds Team AC to Their Blog and Produces Top Quality Movie Featurette…

Our premier sponsor SolidWorks has added Team AC to their Blog, as well as produced a top notch video featuring your humble World Champions.  The video gives a glimpse of some behind the scenes action during a test session this year, and how we integrate the terrific SolidWorks software products into our quest for pumpkin launching distance.  The trailer for this video is now showing at the bottom of this web page, and the full video can be found at a link on the Blog URL below.   

Special thanks to Cliff Medling and Dassault Systemes for the tremendous assistance you provide Team AC as we continue our quest towards winning another World Championship next year.  The SolidWorks tools are second to none and unparalleled for producing products faster and more cost effectively.  Their focus on ease of use and functionality allow over 2 million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies worldwide bring their designs to life, and we are privileged to be among them….

 http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2014/10/meet-the-pumpkin-chunkin-champions-american-chunker.html

 http://www.solidworks.com/

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New Pictures Uploaded to Photo Gallery from Video Shoot with Honda PowerSports and World Famous Country Singer Mark Wills!

Team AC is flattered to announce we will be featured on an episode of the very popular Honda Extreme Backyarding online video series.  Hosted by world famous country musician and outdoor enthusiast Mark Wills, the show will highlight the team in our own backyard at Bingham Lumber.  The episode is due out the week of November 10th, but you can get a sneak preview from the pictures uploaded to the photo gallery at the link below. 

Special thanks to our new friend Mark Wills and of course Honda PowerSports!  It was a really fun and exciting day of filming with all of you! 

Team AC exclusively uses Honda ATV’s, and would highly recommend them to anyone who demands the absolute best!  Whether you want to rip around a motocross track, have some fun on the trails, or spot splatting pumpkins landing at 4694.68 feet while punkin chunkin, Honda has an ATV to meet your demands.

 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/extreme-backyarding

http://markwills.musiccitynetworks.com/

 

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New Pictures Uploaded to Gallery from Filming for Upcoming 2014 Science Channel Punkin Chunkin Special

Team American Chunker joined forces with several other all-star Punkin Chunkin Teams last weekend to film for the upcoming 2014 Punkin Chunkin TV special.  Former Mythbusters Tory Belleci and Kari Byron hosted the event, and fellow WCPCA superstar teams Smokin, Second Amendment Too, Yankee Siege, and Tired Iron joined in the awesome fun.  Also on hand were Chunkin celebrities Wayne Wallace and Rob “Hollywood” Wood from Chunkin Under Da Influence, WCPCA spokesman Frank Shade, and many more iconic punkin chunkin heros. 

It was a tremendous event with some impressive punkin chunkin action.  Unfortunately we are not at liberty to go into all the details until the special airs, but you can see a sneak preview in the picture gallery…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Pictures Uploaded to Gallery from AWESOME BBQ-Fest Event at Wachusett Mountain Sunday 10/26

Your  favorite Punkin Chunkin Champion Emissaries visited the tremendous 5th annual BBQ Fest event at Wachusett Mountain last Sunday, and put on a smashing exhibition for thousands of visitors and fans.  It was truly a sight to behold as Team AC played pumpkin lawn bowling up the mountain pitching against some defenseless barrel drums.  The crowds were elated as barrels were hammered, crushed, and mashed as they went flying in all directions.  It was quite a compliment to an already tremendous event with loads of family activities and world class BBQ…and all to benefit a great cause…the Greg Hill Foundation. 

Special thanks to the Wachusett Mountain folks for having us, we are already looking forward to doing it again next year.

Check out the gallery pictures just uploaded…

 

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New Pictures Uploaded to the Gallery from the 1st Annual Nashua Fall Festival and Gate City Parade 10/18/14

Team AC headlined the awesome 1st Annual Gate City Parade and Fall Festival last Saturday in Nashua NH.  The parade ran along Main Street for about an hour, and ended at Holman stadium for a three hour meet and greet with friends and fans.  Even though the weather didn’t fully cooperate, thousands of fans still turned out to see the Punkin Chunkin Ambassadors and catch a glimpse of the impressive 800 lb WCPCA World Champions Trophy.  It was a tremendous pleasure for Team AC to be involved with this inaugural event, special thanks to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau for the invitation and support.  Thanks also to the thousands of AC fans for braving the threat of rain to visit with us and check it all out – without you we couldn’t do what we do!

Check out the gallery pictures just uploaded…   

 

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New Pictures Posted to the Gallery from Exciting TWO DAY Event at Trombly Gardens in Milford NH (10/11/14 & 10/12/14)

Team AC headlined a two day  Harvest Festival last weekend at the outstanding Trombly Gardens in Milford NH.  To the delight of the numerous spectators, it was quite a show with serious pumpkin artillery directed at helpless vehicles.  A stacked car was knocked off of vans, multi-shots devastated sheet metal and frames, windows were pulverized…and when the dust cleared,  there were three chunks of twisted metal ready for the scrap heap.  AC Jr and Uncle Rick also put on their own shows in between shots from AC Sr, which kept everyone entertained all day long.  Check out the pictures just posted…

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Team AC Featured in Sunday 9/28/14 Boston Globe Magazine

Team AC was featured in a really excellent article within the Boston Globe Magazine this past Sunday 9/28/14.  Fortunately it didn’t give ALL of our secrets away…but did do a great job conveying the team, how we operate, how serious the sport is, and how we professionally and respectfully represent the great pastime of Punkin Chunkin as World Champions.  Special thanks to Jeff Harder for composing the article, and Lane Turner for the splendid photos.  It was really fun working with you both and kudos for conveying the team accurately!

 

 

 

 

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Uncle Rick Has Our Back!

Team AC is proud to announce the official release of our new 2014 T-shirt design, featuring our very own Uncle Rick in superb five color silkscreen on very high quality 6oz all cotton T’s.  The layout highlights our WCPCA World Champion logo in addition to Uncle Rick riding a pumpkin Dr. Strangelove style….YESSAAAH!   

We truly feel this is our best shirt design yet, and compliments other exciting new merchandise additions this year, such as laser engraved logo bottle-opener keychains, high quality AC logo koozies, and much more.

 Uncle Rick can watch your back too…but please note that high quality AC merchandise is ONLY available at public appearances…so check our Schedule & Events page to be sure you get your AC SWAG while it lasts.   

YESSAAAH!

 

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New Pictures From Our Initial 2014 Long Range Test Session Just Uploaded to the Gallery….

We performed our first long range testing of the season last Saturday, and are excited to report it was a total success on every level.  The cannon & team performed flawlessly, and the 2014 cannon upgrades were not only effectively vetted and validated, but significantly exceeded our expectations.  The results were a terrific indication of our readiness to defend the World Champion title and break our own World Record next month in Delaware.   Check out the pictures at the link below…

 

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Team AC Adds Aerial Video and Photography Capabilities!

Team AC is pleased to announce a new addition to our video, photography, and extensive analysis capabilities…a fully outfitted DJI Phantom 2 aerial UAV drone.  This is not a toy, it boasts the following notable specifications;

 

  •  *7” LCD First Person View (FPV) Monitor
  • *Integrated On Screen Display (iOSD) overlay for flight parameter monitoring
  • *Zenmuse H3-3D Three Axis stabilized gimbal for Go-Pro
  • *Go-Pro 3+ Black Edition  (Up to 60 fps at 1080p resolution)
  • *NAZA-M-V2 GPS Autopilot 

While augmenting our video and photography production capabilities, this tool is also expected to be invaluable during test sessions for performing analysis at elevation/angles previously not possible.  It will also aid in test projectile locating and aerial recon and troubleshooting.  This tool is another example of how Team AC stays on the cutting edge and forefront of punkin chunkin…

 

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Team AC’s Pete Colantonio Keynote Speaker at Annual CADD EDGE Concept2Design Conference on August 21st

Team AC is very proud to announce that our very own ballistics expert, Pete Colantonio, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Concept2Design Conference at Foxwoods Tower in Mashantucket Connecticut.  C2D is THE PREMIERE Solidworks event and users conference held annually in New England, presented by our sensational support partner CADD Edge.  Pete presented some interesting information and data regarding how Solidworks design and simulation tools have helped hone the recent AC cannon design enhancements as we prepared to defend our World Championship Title.  This informative and interesting presentation marks the first time Punkin Chunkin was presented and highlighted at this conference.

For more information please check out the link below;

http://www.caddedge.com/c2d-foxwoods/

 

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Jim Moreau Named Team American Chunker Co-Captain!

Team American Chunker is proud to formally announce that punkin chunkin veteran Jim Moreau has officially been promoted to co-captain.  Jim has been with Team AC since day one, and always shouldered more than his share of the load on many day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.  The goal of this move is to maintain our teams high standard of operation and expectations without compromising attention to any detail.  Joining existing captains Brian Labrie and Dave Bingham, this promotion will allow our team to get more accomplished with greater efficiency as the team continues to grow.

 Congratulations to Jim!

 

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Cheshire Fair…A Smashing Success!

Team AC headlined the opening of the Cheshire Fair in Swanzey New Hampshire last Wednesday night with a BANG.  Actually there were many bangs…as the cannon took aim at a large mobile home and remodeled with some very large ventilation holes.    

Uncle Rick hosted the festivities and provided play-by-play, informational interviews with crew members, and some rockin musical renditions of the American Chunker theme song as well as classic rock-n-roll hits tailored for punkin chunkin.  The show also included the much anticipated debut of Dr Steve PhD, providing educational information with a comic relief spin for the grandstand crowds.  Rounding out the fun between shots was AC Jr shooting various fruits, Krazy Kyle™ on his stunt motorbike, the AC Micro Cannon, the AC mini trebuchet, and the AC aerial drone UAV video platform. 

It was a really fun and educational event for all, amid the charming backdrop of all the fair events.  Special thanks to The Cheshire Fair, The Boston Globe, FLIR, CADD Edge, and the terrific Fair staff for the help and hospitality.  Check out the pictures from the event in the newly posted gallery at the link below…

 

 

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CADD Edge and Team AC…a perfect combination!

Team AC is proud to announce a new partnership with CADD Edge Inc.  CADD Edge is the Northeast’s leading provider of SolidWorks Software, Stratasys 3D Printers, CADCAM, PDM, & PLM Solutions for mechanical engineering & product design. Serving the Engineering and Manufacturing industries, CADD Edge is a Value-Added Reseller who provides a line of engineering business solutions, extensive training support, staffing, and service solutions for CAD, enterprise data management, product lifecycle management, and rapid prototyping.  For these reasons they are a perfect fit for a partnership with Team AC and the cutting edge designs in punkin chunkin development.
 
 
For more information regarding CADD Edge, please contact them or visit their website…

CADD EDGE Inc.
241 Boston Post Road, West
3rd Floor
Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: 508.630.8000
http://www.caddedge.com/
 
 
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Team AC Proudly Announces Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks as a Premier Support Partner for 2014

 

 

SolidWorks offers complete 3D and 2D software tools that enable creation, simulation, publishing, and management of data.  For these reasons, SW is a perfect fit for a partnership with Team AC, and will greatly help with 2014
upgrades as we defend our World Championship title. 

SolidWorks products are widely known for their ease of learning, functional use, and how well they work together to design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life. SolidWorks is currently used by over 2 million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies worldwide.

 For more information on their products please contact them or visit their website…

 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation
175 Wyman Street
Waltham, MA 02451

 Toll Free: 800-693-9000
http://www.solidworks.com

 

 

 

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Team American Chunker now a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project Charity

Team AC is very proud to announce sponsorship support for the very worthy Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) charity.  The Wounded Warrior Project  serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound from military service on or after September 11, 2001.  With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage wounded military persons as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to help with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.  Their key mission is;
  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members

Team AC is proud and honored to support such a worthy cause.

For more information please see our Charity Page, and the website below…

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

 

 

 

 

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Praise from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan!

Team American Chunker was personally recognized last week by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.  This was truly a distinctive honor for Team AC, and we appreciate this acknowledgment immensely.  Special thanks to Governor Hassan, Benjamin Belanger, and the rest of her wonderful staff for taking the time out of their busy schedules to provide such a memorable visit to the NH Capital Building.

For more information on Governor Hassan please click the link below; http://www.governor.nh.gov/about/

 

 

 

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Recognition from Nashua NH Mayor Donnalee Lozeau!

Team American Chunker was personally recognized last week by Nashua New Hampshire Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.  This was genuinely a special honor for Team AC, and we appreciate this salutation tremendously.  Thanks to Donnalee and her terrific staff for such a memorable visit to City Hall, as well as all her hard work and everything she does for the good of our wonderful city and communities.

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Recognition From US Senator Kelly Ayotte

Team American Chunker would like to send our sincere thanks for the recent recognition received from US Senator Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire!  It’s a truly special honor for this distinction, and we appreciate this acknowledgment deeply.

http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/

 

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Teamwork Pays Off…

On Thanksgiving night the Punkin Chunkin special aired across the country, within 2 hours our website had thousands of hits and we received hundreds of emails from fans suggesting helpful ideas on how to better the machine and our distances. The biggest question we kept getting in those emails was “What was your secret this year?”  

Well, here is your answer…..The secret to team American Chunker’s success over the last few years is simple! Our TEAM has worked together and produced incredible results because there is no one person more valuable than another on our team. We all win together and we all lose together. The Team’s chemistry this year was awesome. Team AC has the hardest working, and one of the most innovative groups of guys on the firing line period. This Team is comprised of brilliant, dedicated, hard working folks that had the ability to keep their eyes on the prize!

 TEAMWORK is why The American Chunker won in 2013!

 To a great group of guys and to a great season!

 Cheers,

 Brian Labrie 

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Fourth Time is a Charm…..Team AC Sets New World Record!

Team American Chunker set a new world record with a monster 4,694.68-foot shot at the 28th annual WCPCA world championship last weekend in Bridgeville Delaware.

It was a spectacular event with near record crowds, great weather, and 115 dedicated teams competing for the coveted prize.  When the dust settled, American Chunker was crowned World Champion in our fourth season competing.  The entire team and cannon performed flawlessly.  Hats off to all the teams competing…you drove us to work harder than ever and pushed us to the limits.  Special congrats also to New Hampshire based Team Yankee Siege II for their world record trebuchet shot of 2835.81 feet.

Special thanks to John Huber, the entire WCPCA staff, and the countless volunteers for all you guys and gals do, as well as terrfic farm owner and host Jeff Wheatly.  There wouldn’t be an event without you all!  Thanks also to our tremendous sponsors (FLIR, D.R. Guilbeault, Ring Power Cat, Bingham Lumber, and Cape Ann Brewery), as well as our awesome Punkin growers.  Most importantly we would like to thank all of our fans.  Your loyalty and support have been overwhelming all year long!

Count on Team AC to continue with our signature determination and hard work in 2014 to attempt to retain the title next year.  We are firmly committed to humbly do our best possible job to represent the outstanding sport of Punkin Chunkin!

New pictures have been posted to the gallery of the 2013 World Championship, please check them out at the link below.

 

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