The Life of a Wheelman: A Different Perspective on the Work, Life, And Death Of Hector Heatherington

How Do You Pick a Good Wheelman for Your Team?

Hector Heatherington was a man of many talents. He had an engineering degree and more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. Hector had done everything from designing transmissions to building car models, but he wanted to be the best at something. He wanted to be a wheelman.
The definition of a wheelman varies, but in the auto world it’s the one who drives the test mules. Hector consistently drove the best testers from Detroit to the proving grounds and back, with as many as six cars in tow. And though he loved being a wheelman, he also wanted to get into design.
Designing cars for General Motors (GM) was his ultimate goal, but it was not an easy road to travel. He had many obstacles to overcome, one being his low-key demeanor.

wagon train the story of hector heatherington
wagon train the story of hector heatherington

How to Find Wagoners

Each year, thousands of people flock to the Million Mile Beach to attend the Annual Wagonmasters’ Convention. There are five-person teams from all over the world that come from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Siberia. They have sponsors, and some have even been sponsored by their countries. Many of them have traveled half way around the world specifically to attend this one event.
There are many things to do at this event. There are rides, games and even contests that take place throughout the weekend. The highlight of the event is almost like a religious worship service. A group of people set up a tent in the middle of nowhere, and they come out and sing, dance and perform for their believers.
The hard part about attending this event is finding all of the people that you need to have as a team member or partner.
This can be a difficult thing to do. There are over 50,000 people at this event, and some of them come from all over the world. This also means that there is also a huge amount of people that are looking for wagons to claim as their own. So how do you find drivers?
In this article I will teach you what it is I look for when I am looking at a wagon, and then I will tell you how to find someone to fill your wagon with.
First, I will talk about the criteria that I have for making a decision. They are as follows:

wagon train the story of hector heatherington
wagon train the story of hector heatherington

Wagons + Teens = Tons of Money & Luxury Goods!

At the end of the convention, each team’s score is counted up and a winner is named. There is no strict list of rules for winning events. Teams have been known to use broomsticks to win events that require driving a vehicle over a line. Some teams are able to send their vehicles flying off huge jumps, while others are just challenging themselves to make it to the goal.
Teams have been known to use brooms on the simulators, going so far as to lasso each other and sometimes even lift up the entire wagon team with a rolled up T-shirt. In one year, one team even used a vacuum cleaner!
Each region has a different theme for their Wagon Con. The Alberta Wagon Con is also known as the “Thunderdome.” The Ontario Wagon Con is “Wagon-couver!” And the Nova Scotia Wagon Con is called “Wagons Eastward Ho!”

wagon train the story of hector heatherington
wagon train the story of hector heatherington

Wagoner’s Clothing Brands That Will Make You Rich!

This is a game of high stakes, fast driving and top-level skill. Teams have been known to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. It is not uncommon for teams to spend over $1 million dollars on a single event. There is money to be made at the convention, but getting there is the hard part. On average, only half of the teams that make it will come away with money.
This article will help you in that very purpose. We will share with you the top clothing brand teams use. Most of these brands are old school, and many have been around since the ’80s. We will tell you the three most popular brands they use, why they work well together, and what teams have found success with these specific brands.
We will also give you insight into a few less popular brands which really pay off for their teams. Many teams that use these brands will earn upwards of $50,000 dollars in prize money.
Ready?
Top Clothing Brand Teams:
Ladies and gentlemen, for the millionth time, my name is Shelly Chase and I will be your announcer for this event. I want to give a big welcome to the teams here with their colorful outfits, shiny wheels and loud engines. We are all here because we love the challenge of finding that perfect mix-and-match combination for our gear. Well, I’ve got a fun and exciting surprise for you:

wagon train the story of hector heatherington
wagon train the story of hector heatherington

Wheelmen Are More Than Money Earners! They Can Be Great Friends Too!

While a single championship in the Million Mile Beach is cause for celebration, it is something that is only done once every four years. The real money comes in with endorsements, TV appearances and even movies. A few teams have managed to earn millions of dollars between all of their sponsorships, but those are the ones that are able to keep at it for decades. Hector Heatherington was one of those few.
He has been wheeling for about 20 years and has even managed to earn a few big endorsements along the way. His first big career move was to sign with Ford Motor Co. in the late 90s after being inspired by Ron Hornaday, Sr., who is the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. He signed on with them as a driver and won his first race that same year. He followed up that success by winning his first championship in 2003. He has since continued to get more and more sponsorship deals, including an extended deal with Sprint, an endorsement with Polaris and even a partnership with Magna, which allows him to use their equipment.
However, it was his friendship with fellow brothers-in-wheeler Ron and Roger Hornaday (Ron’s son) that truly made things happen for Hector. They often visited each other during the races to pull double duty as drivers and team owners. The three of them decided to hire the same crew chief, Chip Hanauer and to help each other out during races when they could. This partnership has helped them earn more money than any of them would have expected. They were able to make millions upon millions of dollars in a very short amount of time, which is definitely a unique way for all three of them to have become so successful.

wagon train the story of hector heatherington
wagon train the story of hector heatherington