Wednesday, 28 June 2017

23rd Annual Great Southern Grass Drag Nationals

Submitted by Tom (Snobear) Anderson

This is a great show every year! With Tony and his crew running the Gras Drags expect nothing but the best!

The Byron Snow Bears will hold their 23rd Annual Great Southern Grass Drag Nationals , Swap Meet & Vintage Sled Show  on Sept.23, 2017 at their Douglas location 5 mile NW of Rochester. The Douglas event is the largest 1 day Swap with over 350 swappers selling stuff& their Vintage Sled Show & Grass Drags run by Tony Kruger & his PSDR crew.

Gates open at 7am

$15.Adm. 12 & under Free

Racer Info...Promoter Tony Kruger.. http;//www.wasecavintageicedrags.com/

Tony is known for putting on a fantastic event of snowmobile racing.

You may register the day of the race, please be early, racing starts at 10am.

Go to byronsnowbears.com for more info on our Fall Event

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The Inaugural Eastern Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By "Midge" Rosebrook                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The first induction ceremony of the Eastern Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame enjoyed a picture perfect day at Crane's Snowmobile Museum in Lancaster, N.H. on Saturday May 20th. About 50 were in attendance to witness this historic event. An event that for some of our first generation of snowmobile racers sadly, came a few years too late. First Inductees are: Bob Clark, Bruce Dunham, Bob Martin and Conrad Rollins.

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See the entire coverage of this event in the September 2017 issue of the Vintage Snowmobile Magazine!

 

New SHOF Display Building

For additional information contact:

SHOF & Museum (715) 542-4463

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Final Fundraising Push For New Snowmobile Hall Of Fame Display Building

Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for Classic Sled Roundup Weekend May 27-28

The vision of a beautiful new building that displays historic snowmobiles and memorabilia is almost ready to happen at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis. With the Classic Sled Roundup weekend festivities just one week away, the SHOF hopes to bridge the final gap to its building fundraising goal in hopes of hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 27.

“We are so close to our goal of $350,000 that we can taste it,” said Craig Marchbank, SHOF President. “Thanks to so many generous donors, we’re on the cusp of being able to break ground on what will be a magnificent 60 x 100-ft., 2-story building adjacent to our current building.

“With one last push, and a few spare dollars from those who are able, we’ll put shovels in the ground for this important showcase of snowmobile history.”

To get there, the SHOF is asking for your help. A donation to the building fund this week will help ensure that the Hall’s vast collection of snowmobiles, displays, archives and history will be seen in its entirety, free of charge to snowmobile fans who come to see many of the most historic machines from the past five-plus decades.

The 14th Annual Classic Sled Roundup May 27-28, 2017, includes vintage snowmobile displays and premier swap meet in a fun, festive atmosphere in the St. Germain Town Park.

Donations can be made quickly and easily at the SHOF website www.snowmobilehalloffame.com. Building plans can be seen there as well.

“Give what you can this week,” Marchbank encouraged. “If our goal is recognized, then we will host a ground breaking ceremony at 3:00pm on Saturday at the Hall and ask everyone to join us for what will be a historic event.”

About the Snowmobile Hall of Fame

"Dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich and exciting history of snowmobiling at both the recreational and competitive levels through the operation of a museum, hall of fame and library for the sport. Annual inductions honor the men and women that have played significant roles at the racing venues, design and manufacturing arenas, local clubs, state associations and national organizations."

Vintage Hod-Rod Builders

                                                      

                             By Olav Aaen For Vintage Snowmobile Magazine February 2017

Call it Hot-Rod Vintage or maybe Resto-Mods to borrow a term that is now popular among car builders. The vintage scene is teeming with activity right now, and it has a lot of long time snowmobilers enthusiastic about the sport again: These builders may have been young racers in the 70’s and 80’sand want to go back and have some fun building the ultimate lightweight lake racer or hot cross country vintage sled. Usually the vintage movement has been divided into racers and restorers, but this third group is creating a lot of new excitement, not just among older enthusiast but also younger sledders that want to ride in the winter but may not have the funds for a new sled. Fortunately, there are now lots of older sleds available for very low prices, and parts are plenty and cheap at the larger swap meets if you search around a little. Popular sleds for modification are mid to late 70’s from the Sno- Pro era , and mid 80’s to mid 90’s “Classic “ IFS style muscle sleds with larger liquid cooled engines. We have seen this develop here at the shop, because the builders often need custom fitted pipes for their new hybrid project. Mixing old and new is not uncommon, like some Yamaha SRX owners do. One customer put a 1999 700 SRX Triple engine in a 1980 SRX chassis while another went a little more subtle with a larger VMAX 600 engine in his 1978 SRX sled. This guy also has seven 1977-78 Yamaha 440 Exciters on his farm, all for use by his kids and their friends. They all have a single performance pipe, after he tried one and liked the extra power and weight saving. John Deere builders have a large following in Iowa and across the grain belt, as a lot of farmers received free sleds with their purchase of tractors or combines. The Deere’s were built strong and quite a lot survived with low mileage and are prime candidates for engine updates. Some like to install Polaris Indy 500 Twins and many updated to newer Kawasaki LTD and Interceptor engines. Polaris and Cat fans are plenty in Minnesota and this weekend at the Waconia 2017 Show they were well represented. We ran into Tommy Zeller, who did a lot of speed run competitions and set many speed records as part of Marlyn Englers Team. Zeller loves his older Polaris sleds but with newer engines and suspensions under older body work. He presently trail rides three of his creations he told us enthusiastically. One of his trail sleds is a 79’ TXL, but with a 500 Indy Twin engine with a single performance pipe and a longer suspension with a 121 inch track. Another TXL with the 500 Twin engine uses a PSI pipe with an original 136 inch suspension extended to have a 151 inch track, with the obvious extension mod to the tunnel. They both have 76 free air hoods, with the free air scoop closed using an aluminum shield, copying the look of the early factory X-country sleds. His hot lake racer is an 80 Centurion but with a Polaris 650 “Red Head” triple tuned with engine mods and triple pipes under a 1977 modified hood. We also ran into John Zeimetz at the race track in Waconia. He had just delivered several project builds to customers and was looking for new candidates to build. He told us that the new trend was towards larger liquid cooled engines for power and reliability, but often installed in earlier and lighter performance sleds. He just finished up a Rupp Magnum with an Arctic 800 ZR twin. We built some custom twin pipes for this customer who according to John spent most of the Eagle River Vintage Weekend on the local St Germaine lakes drag racing and handily beating new and larger turbo equipped sleds. Another builder into this new trend is Bill “Elvis” Stull. Bill is not only into racing his Kohler powered Rupp vintage sleds in the World Series Championship, but his body shop does a lot of chassis mods and he has a line of Rupp hoods and pans available. There are always several projects going at his shop and we get many of them at our shop for custom fitting pipes. The latest example is a Rupp Magnum with a triple 800 Hirth engine installed which required some different routing of the pipes. Since this chassis did not have a secondary shaft, but the older “inboard” clutch with a left side chain case, the wide motor ended up very close to the pan on the right hand side. This meant we could only route one pipe to the right while the other two went to the left around the clutch. It still came out looking kind of racy and trick. With the larger motor in the light chassis this is definitely a Vintage Hot Rod.

Someone recently asked if we ever hot-rodded a Mercury. You won’t see many of those even though the light chassis would be ideal, because they are very sought after vintage race sleds. Most of them are still to be found on the race tracks winning vintage championships. Quite a few older racers came by the Vintage Snowmobiler booth at Waconia, often in company with a young grandson. They were still enthusiastic about the sport and busy building sleds with their sons and grandchildren.” I never get tired of working on projects”, one builder told me. “It was so exciting in the 70’s when we raced and now I still have new ideas for projects I do with my grandson”, he said. I guess once you are caught in this exciting hobby it is still an amazing playground for new and exciting projects and creations!

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