High Speed Motorsports
06-20-12 - Preston,
WA: On Wednesday prior to the inaugural NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series event at Spokane, WA. Mechatronics President,
Kent Ross invited over one hundred business associates, special
guests and employees to an open house complete with a sit-down
BBQ at their main warehouse in Preston, WA. The highlight for
the 7th consecutive year was an up close and personal look at
the 3000 horsepower, 260 mph World Champion High Speed Motorsports
Top Fuel Dragster that his company sponsors.
the High Speed Motorsports short crew unloaded the car and set
up for a display in the back parking lot of the Mechatronics
Operating Groups facility in rural Preston. Representing HSMS
were C.E.O. Dale Singh, C.O.O. and Team Manager Tom Shelar, Walt
Stevens, Rick Shelar, Sean Bellemeur, Chris Hedge, Arlene Eliason,
Amelia Singh, Pete Palumbo, Rick McGee, Darrell Tedford, Don
Ewald, Kristen Marsh and driver, Bill Dunlap.
Under sunny skies,
a good time was had by all and was punctuated by a full fledged
burnout in the plant parking lot behind the plant. Here are a
few photos from the day.
After driving up from Oregon
on Tuesday, the team spent the night in Kent and made the short
tow to Silverthin on Wednesday morning.
Expecting warm temperatures the
awning went up. HSMS CEO Dale Singh's motorcoach is parked in
This was Kristen's first
outing with the team and Arlene did a great job of getting her
up to speed.
With the awning up, benches and
tools in place, Kent Ross stopped by for a chat with Tom.
After the long tow from California,
the car was examined for damage and then readied for a fire-up.
For the first time the
BBQ was set up outdoors. The weather was that nice.
No shortage of hamburgers,
hot dogs and amenities.
Darrell and Dale with
and Amelia in the background.
Bill, Chris and Sean
packed the chutes.
After they ate the quests
and employees started to mingle around the car.
Before Tom took the seat for
the nitro fire-up the car was started on alcohol to get some
heat and set the timing.
Arlene, Darrell and Rick
Bill and Tom
This year Tom White who is Chief
Financial officer Mechatronics / SilverThin got the fire-up.
With Tom getting into the car
for his fire-up, the folks got their photos before moving back
when the engine was ready to start.
Bill explained what to
expect and what needs to be done.
Due to the density of the nitro,
special masks are worn enabling normal breathing and sight.
With ears ringing and to unmistakable
aroma of nitromethane lingering in the air the folks from Silverthin
realized they just experienced a rare thing.
It took a while for all
the smoke to clear.
that was fun?
Some of the key employees
was left to load up and head east to Spokane.
Thanks to Kent Ross and his staff
from the entire HSMS team for another fun day in Washington.
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.