Posted on 01/23/19 at 10:09 AM
The event started with a meet and greet in the main lobby of the Lolo Hot Springs Lodge. We want to give special thanks go to the Missoula Snowgoers for their warm greetings, and wonderful hospitality. This could be the beginning of a great annual event.
Despite weather on Saturday being a bit warm and a mild showers most of the day that did not stop everyone from having a great time. There was a large display of antique, vintage, and classic snowmobiles lined up in the center of the show area. Along the edge were booths displaying the latest modern snowmobiles from the local dealers, a barbecue churning out a hot lunch for anyone who was interested, and a nice warming-fire for the spectators and participants close to the racing area. Kids were exploring the area, and riding their snowmobiles.
In the morning in a large open area set up with cones racing participants completed at skijoring. While the racing was going on we voted which sled we preferred for a People’s Choice Award. The skijoring was soon followed by the next event a slalom run. After a break for lunch was the clove-leaf run.
We are very proud of our members who participated in these events. Dick Fiel pulled off a fantastic win of the People’s Choice Award. There were a lot of very nice sleds, some past show winners, but he pulled it out with his exceptionally restored 1964 Arctic Cat Model 101. Congratulations Dick. Our club is proud of all your hard work, and dedication preserving those antique sleds.
But our club’s outstanding performances not to stop there! In the racing events Stephen Phillips came in second with his Ski-doo Blizzard for the timed vintage sleds races, and Paul Gienau also won second for the Classic title with his Polaris TXL. Oh, but that was not all; Candy Johnson pulled off a win of the grudge match between her and her challenger Kevin Hancock by coming out on top in the racing events. Great going everyone!
On Sunday the weather changed to temperatures in the mid twenties with soft snow, and no-wind. A perfect day for a sixteen mile vintage snowmobile ride to their club’s warming shelter and back. By vintage snowmobile standards it was a successful vintage snowmobile ride; all of the sleds made it there and back on their own power!
For pictures of the event, click on the photo which has a link to our Google Photos page. In the pictures are videos. When you see a picture with the rotating circle let your curser sit until the video starts: