- 29 Nov 2010
This story comes to us courtesy of Amanda Biemond from Ontario.
It's been an 11-year journey of radar speed runs with North Bay Snowmobile Speed Runs (NBSSR), but on Saturday March 3rd in North Bay Ontario, Hurricane Performance Inc. made history!
Surrounded by family, friends and teammates, Dave Marshall achieved his life-long dream of breaking the 200 mph barrier! Achieving a speed of 203.2 miles per hour (327km) in a 1/4 mile (1320ft) with driver Micheal Swartz making the daring run.
Since the birth of Hurricane Performance in 2012, Marshall has been making pass after pass on his journey to the top. Several monumental runs including 186.3 and 187.3 started the excitement creeping up on the barrier. Last year Marshall and team set the record for 192.2 miles per hour in 1/4 mile.
With great ice and wind conditions, Hurricane arrived with their sights set on the magic number. Right out of the trailer, the hurricane sled made a pass of 181.1 mph. On the second, pass fans were amazed with an astonishing pass of 197.9 mph, an unseen record! The Hurricane team showed the world their true colors, coming together as one to make adjustments to achieve their top speed.
Crowds erupted, team members hugged and tears were shed between owners Dave and Elaine Marshall of Prescott when the speed of 203.2 mph lit up the board. Mashalls' daughter Hurricane Dora also shared in the record excitement, setting class records of her own that weekend with NBSSR. The videos of the pass at the starting line and finish line have gone viral with over 108k views! It seems the Hurricane victory has become an internet sensation as views grow dramatically! Posts from as far as Sweden can be seen online sharing the video and success!
On Sunday March 4th Swartz and Marshall were recognized as top speed of the weekend! Marshall was also presented a hat for his accomplishment of breaking the 200 barrier, a hat Claude Levasseur said he kept for five years waiting for this moment! Marshall thanked NBSSR owner Claude and NIki Levasseur as well as his race family and driver Swartz for all of their support on this journey. As well his home team consisting of Brandon Lasenba, Ryan Hildebrandt, Justin Steckly and Amanda Biemond. Special honorable mention to his beautiful wife Elaine Marshall. Without her Marshall says "the journey would not have been as fun!" Her constant support throughout the years, helping hand and sharing in the vision has propelled Hurricane Performance towards the goal!
Shortly after the achievement, Marshall announced his retirement of the Hurricane outlaw sled. Although unsure of the future of the sled, Marshall retains clear vision of the company's future. Mashall plans on focusing on the summer racing circuit and growing his world class performance company to the next level. After this milestone, he is sure to succeed!