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West Yellowstone Roundup!
Posted on 03/18/20 at 10:05 PM

Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. 

Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. Click on the picture for more photos:


 

 

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