in Long Beach, CA was coordinated by one of the High Speed Motorsports
sponsors, Curtis & Christensen Auto Parts. The benefit was
hosted by the Sultans Car Club of Long Beach with the Long Beach
K-9 Officers Association. 100% of all proceeds went to the support,
training and purchase of police K-9 dogs. The Plaza Hotel team
displayed the car from 9am - 2pm and fired it twice, had numerous
people sit in the car and take pictures. Driver, Sean Bellemeur
also took pictures and signed autographs. The event include a
very cool K-9 demonstration. The dogs did some drug / bomb sniffing,
car searches and suspect take downs. Pretty awesome day. The
HSMS team will be back next year if their schedule permits.
Walt Stevens preps the car for its 2pm fire-up.
Sean and Tom fill the
tank with 94% Nitromethane.
Co-owner Tom Shelar helps
regular driver, Sean Bellemeur into the car.
Brett primes the engine
and hits the remote starter.
the 3000 HP engine cackles nitro, the crew monitors it on a data
folks in the crowd braved the noise - others plugged their ears.
There was a constant
flow of folks wanting to know all about the car and its sponsors.
Brett Johansen, along with the rest of the crew, answered a multitude
After four minutes
the engine was shut off and the crowd applauded. There's nothing
on earth like the sound of a Top Fuel car and for those hearing
one for the first time its an experience they never forget.
These are three
shots of a very sweet elderly lady who was quite intrigued with
the car. Brett Johansen asked her if she wanted to sit in the
car and before he knew it she had just about jumped into the
seat without a bit of help. Her name is Betty Baker.
to know all about how the car actually worked and what all the
controls were for. It's little things like this that make public
appearance so worth while.