Honda Love Story: Dmitry Slootskin

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There are many Honda fans out there, but our friend Dmitry’s love of Hondas spans decades, career paths, and even continents. As the son of a mechanic, he was always fascinated with all things mechanical. He was initially trained in the automotive industry in the former Soviet Union, where he studied everything from metallurgy to engineering, and was always eager to learn more.

Dmitry’s very first Honda automobile was a 1985 CRX Si. He poured himself into upgrading, modifying, and working on his beloved car. It was his first “nice car”, and as he says, “the first car I had that had power anything on it!” He was particularly impressed with the speed and cornering, saying that “it handled like it was on rails, it was so light and quick.”

Back in the spring of 1995, Dmitry came to work for Herb Chambers Honda Seekonk under Scott Birtles, where he received top-notch sales training. “I still draw on Scott’s training every day,” Dmitry says. “He gave my coworkers and me motivation and information, and always pushed us to succeed. Everyone I worked with at that time has gone on to great success, whether they stayed in the auto industry or went on to other opportunities.”

After a year and a half working with Scott at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk, Dmitry went on to seek other opportunities, including working on the racing circuit. Today, he owns his own screen printing shop, Ink Solutions in Pawtucket, RI, where he prints Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk’s t-shirts and merchandise, as well as other promotional products for companies, charities, and community organizations like local fire departments.

Ever the Honda fan, Dmitry still has one of his favorites: a 1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si in bright yellow. He sometimes takes it out in the winter (it has no A/C for hot summers!) or lends it to friends. With over 270,000 miles on the odometer, Dmitry’s Prelude is a testament to Honda’s durability and mechanical prowess. He also invested in a UK-made Honda Civic Si EP3 simply because he had always wanted one!

HCHS Dmitry collage

Today, Dmitry owns a Honda Odyssey Touring Edition with all the bells and whistles. Although he has enjoyed several Honda cars over the years, his true love lies in Honda motorcycles.  How much does he love them? He currently owns and works on no less than three Honda Hawks, bringing his Honda total to 3 cars and 7 motorcycles. He used to race bikes, but now he prefers to go to motorcycle rallies with his girlfriend, where everyone bonds over their mutual love of Hondas!

Throughout the years, amid career changes and moves across the globe, loving Hondas has always been a constant in Dmitry’s life!

 

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