High Speed Motorsports
Thursday prior to the Goodguys 2nd Northwest Nostalgia Drags,
SilverThin C.O.O., Kent Ross invited over one hundred associates,
guests and employees to a sit-down BBQ and an up close and personal
look at the 3000 horsepower, 250 mph Top Fuel Dragster his company
the event scheduled at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington the
High Speed Motorsports crew arranged for an all-day display in
the parking lot of the Mechatronics
Operating Groups facility in rural Preston, Washington. Among
those in attendance for HSMS was C.E.O. Dale Singh, C.O.O. Tom
Shelar, Walt Stevens and driver, Sean Bellemeur. In spite of
overcast skies, a good time was had by all punctuated by a fire-up
with Ross in the dragsters seat.
The 45' HSMS trailer
on its way to Preston from Seattle.
Upon arriving at SilverThin
the display was set up for all to enjoy.
The crew spent a lot of time
answering questions about the car and what drag racing was all
A favorite attraction was the
45" flat screen TV that was showing DVD's of the cars in
Driver, Sean Bellemeur was the
focus of much attention and fielding questions all afternoon.
To accommodate everyone
lunch was served in shifts.
SilverThin employees did a masterful
job of keeping the large crowd in hamburgers and hot dogs.
The crucial instructions
came from Bellemeur.
When everything was ready
Kent climbed in.
The highlight of the day was
when Kent Ross was offered and accepted a seat in the dragster
for a fire-up. Dale Singh and Walt Stevens start to explain the
procedure to Kent while the car is made ready to start.
Fitted with a gas mask to protect
him from the potent nitromethane fumes, Kent is ready for the
engine to be brought to life via the remote starter.
We have ignition.
As the engine built heat,
the nitro got louder and ears started to be covered.
As the nitro fumes started
to spread, so did the crowd.
After Tom Shelar "whacked"
the throttle there was no one left close to the car.
Needless to say, everyone
was all smiles once the engine went silent.
Kent, who flew Rotary wings in
the Military, was really pumped by the experience of having 3000
HP 40 inches from his body.
Stevens helps him out
- what a thrill it was.
do we do it again?"
Kent Ross and
Dale Singh after inking a new multi-year sponsorship deal. A
win win for sure.
an extensive photo shoot for future SilverThin ads featuring
the HSMS dragster.
the actual race was completely rained out but all involved agree
that the 1200 mile trip was worth it for their day at SilverThin.
Read about SilverThin below and if you can use their products
please visit their website.
SilverThin Bearings is a division
of MECHATRONICS CORPORATION, a privately held marketing, distribution,
and manufacturing company that was founded in 1979 to market
precision bearings to the aerospace industry. Today, the corporation
is comprised of five operating groups that serve diverse markets.
The SilverThin Bearing Group
manufactures large diameter thin section ball bearings for the
aerospace, industrial, robotics, and distributor markets.
SilverThin bearings are manufactured
in the United States in standard configurations, sealed and unsealed,
up to 37 inches in diameter. Standard bearings are stocked or
in production to meet customer short lead time requirements.
Special bearings are engineered
and manufactured up to 37 inches in diameter, some from special
materials, to serve the needs of our diverse customer base.
The National Precision Bearing
Group distributes airframe control bearings, precision miniature
ball bearings, and commercial industrial bearings to the computer
peripheral , medical, dental, high technology, industrial, and
Headquarters for the Mechatronics
Operating Groups is located in a 50,000 sq.ft. office and warehouse
facility in Preston, Washington. This facility contains a class
1000 clean room with bearing relubrication capability and supports
value-added assembly operations with full lot traceability for
all operations. The facility has ISO 9001:2000 certification.
The corporation sells through
its sales office, sales representatives and distributors in the
United States and in various countries around the world. The
operating group's websites
will give you more specific information about the corporation's
products and services.