Tuesday, 23 May 2017

2017 Great Eastern Whiteout

Record Year at 17th Annual Great Eastern Whiteout    

The 17th annual Great Eastern Whiteout will go down as a record year for both spectators and participators. The weather this year cooperated with warmer tempertures this year then last years sub-freezing weather and wind.competors numbered 240 entries with alouette being the featured sled. Many part venders were present indoors and out making the Whiteout the place to sell trade or pick-up vintage sleds and parts. TNT Graphics always have neat vintage sled signs, clocks ,decals etc. to make your garage more pleasant to work in. Riding was at a premium with plenty of snow on the ball field and the near -by park. Alot of people get to try out their sled for the first time this year. Show organizers this year voted again to give all proceeds to local charities and scholarships in memory of two former snowmobile racing mechanics Everet Regal(The Widowmakers) and Folyd 'Spike" Nolan.This years featured sled was Aloutte and they were well represented with fine examples of the make. 1st place was taken by Eric and Ray Melfi with a rare 1971 Alouette Villian 440 that was painstackingly restored by Eric.2nd place was taken by Mark Davis with a nicely restored 1968 Alouette G T O E . 3rd place was won by Brian Moyer with his orginal 1974 Alouette Super Brute Best of Show was a surprise with a beauitful restored Scorpion Super-Mod owned by Terry Ingersa Glenfield,n.y.and immaculately restored by Wendall Roberts of West Leyden,n.y. This machine was raced in it's day by Brad Haulings and was in rough shape when the restortation started The Mike Saunders Memorial Trophy was won by long time Whiteout supporter Mark Elwell with his nice 1973 yamaha sr 433. Mke Saunders was a long time supporter of the Whiteout and former racer. The 1995 Arctic Cat kitty kat raffle sled was won by a lucky young man from Albany whom was present to take his new sled home with him flame job and all. Great Eastern Whiteout was honered to honor one of the greats. Henery Briscoe was honered for his years of particpating in all the Whiteouts with his immaculate Artic Cat collection and still coming to the event even though he is been fighting cancer. The Great Eastern Whiteout committee would like to thank all the participators and sponsors that help make this the biggest show in the northeast.It also is your partication that helps people less fortunate with all the proceeds going to charity.           

BEST ALOUTTE OWNED BY RAY AND ERIC MELFIBEST OF SHOW WINNER TERRY INGERSAL ON LEFT RESTORER WENDALL ROBERTS SHOW ORGANIZERS TRACY DOYLE AND JIM LATINOBEST OF SHOW WINNING SLED A SCORPION SUPER MODBob Osbornes Moto Ski collection with Bill Monettes CutterBrian Moyers AlouettesDan Smith and Ray Melfi presenting Henry Briscoe with award                                                                                                                                

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