Sponsor Spotlight: Mark Williams Enterprises
It was fifty years ago in 1964 when Denver racer Mark Williams decided to quit his machinist job at John Bandimere, Sr’s speed emporium and go into business for himself building race cars. In the ensuing years Mark Williams Enterprises became the “go to” shop for High Country racers. In addition to the fuel dragster he campaigned with the late Bill Rice, racers like the Kaiser Bros., John Abbott, Vern Moats, Vern & Brian Raymer and Motes & Williams demonstrated the prowess of M-W’s chassis'. The word spread, and soon racers like “Ohio George” Montgomery and Florida’s Jerry Gwynn were winning NHRA events with Mark Williams’ chassis. Williams himself won the Division V Top Fuel Championship when partnered with Larry Frazier. During this time Williams began to manufacture various components to compliment his chassis.

AXLES
In the late 1970s, sensing a need in the marketplace, Mark Williams came out with the industry’s first guaranteed axle, the “Hi-Torque.” All “Hi-Torque” and budget-minded “MasterLine” axles are individually made to the customer’s requirements. Having the shaft taper from the bearing seat to the spline is a key factor in an axle’s ductility and overall reliability.

DRIVESHAFTS
In a quest to build the lightest and strongest driveshafts, MW developed the patented Accu-bonding process. This process is used to manufacture aluminum and carbon fiber driveshafts. Now, MW has the most comprehensive driveshaft testing and manufacturing capabilities in the industry. MW also developed a sophisticated computer-controlled torsional testing device that can exert loads up to 15,000 foot pounds torque in measured cycles. Data accumulated from extensive testing has helped SFI establish the specifications that are the cornerstone of the 43.1 Specs program.

MODULARS
Recognizing the shortcomings of steel housings, MW developed the first modular housing to accommodate the popular 9” Ford components. The most important feature of MW modular housings is that everything is CNC machined to exacting tolerances, which makes for optimum alignment of axles, bearings, gears, etc. for maximum efficiency.

BRAKES
The company is also known for its premium grade disc brakes. Kits feature a one-piece aluminum hub/brake hat. The innovative Slot-Drive™ system, used to attach the rotor to the hat or hub, reduces the weight of the rotor while directing heat way from the hub bearings – eliminating warpage. M-W rotors are double disc ground to ensure that both sides are absolutely parallel.

For more information about Mark Williams Enterprises, visit www.MarkWilliams.com.


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