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  • Some of Our Members are Still Sledding!

    Posted on 04/21/19 at 08:08 PM

    While I spend the weekend putting my sleds away for the summer, some in our club were out enjoying the last days of the season.  Ed and Marlane went to Lone Butte Sno-Park at Mt Adams Wilderness on Friday.  He said the snow is still pretty good, considering it is the end of April!

    Ed ran his Arctic Cat Cheetah around a little Saturday morning, then went to Goose Lake in the afternoon on his 2014 Ski-doo Summit.  It was a twenty five mile one way trip with no gravel patches on the trails! He also went to Atkisson Sno-Park from there.  Going that way there were some bare spots on that side of the mountain.  He was cautious though since he was alone he stayed on the main roads where there were other people.

    All-in-all he ended up putting on sixty-miles that day on the Summit, and about seven on the Cheetah.  Not bad for this time of year.


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  • New Upcoming Event - Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show

    Posted on 04/08/19 at 08:55 PM

    This is our first summer Antique, Vintage, and Classic Snowmobile Show for the season.  We will be posting more as soon.

    The PNWVSC will be at the Classy Chassis Parade & Car show in East Wenatchee on May 4th!  The show will be held at the Eastmont Community Park located at N. Georgia Ave and Grant Rd.  Plan to show up around 9am to get setup, and bring your best sleds to show off!  Trophies will be awarded for the sleds that get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place people's choice.  Dick Feil is hosting a BBQ at his place after the show, and has some camping spots for those that would like to stay overnight. Those of you who want to stay in a hotel get your reservations early!  That is also the Apple Blossom Festival weekend so accommodations will fill up fast.  

    Let us know if you plan to attend (pnwvsc@gmail.com or 603-203-5344).  We hope to see you there!


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  • New Past Event - Mt Baker National Recreation Area Trip

    Posted on 03/31/19 at 04:47 AM

    Stephen, Paul and Kevin met at the Mt Baker Recreation Area (NRA) to ride vintage and modern sleds.  The plan was to ride to an area the Northwest Glacier Cruisers where hosting their annual Mt Baker Shoot Out event that had barbecue, big raffle, and riding.  Kevin arrived a day early to camp at the sno-park, and save parking spaces for Stephen and Paul.

    As we all know too well this being a winter sport we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  On the day of the event the snow level had dropped three-feet from the weekend before.  Warm weather and rain melted two-miles of the trail exposing gravel.  To make it worse for the liquid cooled sleds there was no snow along the edges.  That was no issue for the bogie air cooled sleds, but since Stephen was riding a liquid cooled they had to cancel their plans riding to where the Shoot Out was being held.

    Not to worry!  There was another trail that split off before they got to the large gravel area.  So off they went to ride in an area and spend time at the Northwest Glacier Cruisers warming hut.  Despite the disappointment, it ended up being a great day of vintage snowmobile riding.  

    Click the photo for more pictures:


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  • New Past Event - West Yellowstone March 2019

    Posted on 03/19/19 at 07:23 PM

    On Friday March 15th several members of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club (PNWVSC) converged on west Yellowstone Montana for the 16th annual Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association (WSVSA) Snowmobile Round up. Vintage snowmobilers started their busy weekend Friday night at 6 pm for event registration and visiting.  During registration Jim Langly was retelling his story how he rode a 1967 Polaris colt from Vancouver Canada to Portland Maine over 23 days.  He had great stories and was delightful to listen to.

    Saturday morning was show day.  It dawned bright and sunny, but was a bitter -3° below zero.  It was a bit nippy setting up sleds for the show, but the sun quickly warmed up the show area to a high of 40° making it a wonderful day. Besides looking at all the great vintage sleds, there were snowmobile dealers on hand for demo rides on all the new sleds for next year.  There were also numerous vendors with gear to shop for.  While all this was going on the Snocross, and vintage snowmobile races went on all day.  Both were great fun to watch.

    Many of the spectators were camped on lawn chairs on the hill above the races enjoying the sun and the fast racing action.  Later in the afternoon many of the vintage sleds went out in a large area to ride and race around the venue.  It was fun to see the different vintage sleds run.

    All too soon the day was over, and the vintage sledders were slow to leave. Everyone went to the Holiday Inn to attend the evening awards banquet where all the weekends’ awards were announced.  PNWVSC member Dick Fiel took the WSVSA prestigious Sled of the Year award with his beautiful restored 1966 Arctic cat 460D.  Other PNWVSC members Paul Kruger took second place in the vintage unrestored 1974-1979 category with his 1977 Yamaha Exciter 440.  Then Clay and Joyce Bush won the People's Choice Award with their impeccably restored 1971 Moto Ski Grand Prix 399.  

    It was a great weekend with a lot of successes for the members of the PNWVSC. 

    Clink on the WSVSA logo to go to their website for pictures: 


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  • Four Volcanoes Ride

    Posted on 03/10/19 at 08:02 PM

    Stephen, Ed, and Kevin saw an opportunity to ride their modern-sleds.  After a week of cold snowy weather, the prediction for the weekend was cold with mostly clear skies on Saturday, to clear on Sunday.  So they spent two nights in the town of Cougar to ride on Mt. St. Helens leaving from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park.  

    Well, they were not disappointed!  The snow and weather turned out perfect.  And from one of the high ridges they could see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood all at the same time.  You gott’a like that.  

    Click on the picture to see more pictures on the club's Google Photos site:


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  • Welcome New Member Billy Thorson

    Posted on 03/07/19 at 07:52 PM

    The PNWVSC would like to welcome our newest member, Billy Thorson! Billy has an impressive collection of John Deere sleds, some of which can be seen below. He is looking forward to riding and showing them with us, and we can't wait to see then on the snow! 


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  • New Upcoming Event - Northwest Glacier Cruisers Mt Baker Shoot Out

    Posted on 02/26/19 at 09:38 PM

    The snow was so great last weekend we decided to add another event to the schedule! ????

    This is an annual event sponsored by the Northwest Glacier Cruisers. They will have a barbecue, big raffle, and riding event. Also, the local snowmobile dealerships bring out their latest sleds for the participants to try out on the snow.

    They think it will be cool to have some vintage iron on the mountain with them. Turns out they have a couple members that have some pretty cool vintage rides.

    If interested you can go to their website:https://www.northwestglaciercruisers.com/. If you plan on going contact Stephen Phillips using our club's email: pnwvsc@gmail.com.


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  • New Past Event - The Last Resort February 2019

    Posted on 02/25/19 at 08:35 PM

    We knew it was going to be a great weekend when we got to The Last Resort to find there was a lot of snow on the ground.  Then to make it even better it started snowing Friday night.  By the morning there was an additional eight-inch of soft fluffy-power covering the show and timed event areas!   Then the snow did not stop on Friday night.  Again it snowed Saturday night leaving other four-inches by Sunday morning!  With all of the new snow on top of an already great base we had a snow-over-the-hood weekend.   

     

    On Saturday we had our antique, vintage, and classic snowmobile show.  Antique is any sled 1968 and older, with vintage models start in 1969 to the last years with spring skis, and classic sleds are those manufactured with Independent Front Suspension (IFS) up to 30-years old.   As is our custom we asked viewers and participants to vote in our People’s Choice Award contest.  Everyone voted for their favorite top three sleds.  When the votes were counted we found out this year was a bit different.  There was a tie for First Place.  Then to top it off two of the sleds were shown by the same person.  Who else could it had been our own Dick Feil who won our first ‘Double First Place People’s Choice Award’ for his 1966 Arctic Cat 170D, and his 1964 Arctic Cat 170.  Coming in second was Kevin Hancock’s 1969 Fox Trac Centura.   Then to top it off there was a third place winner.  Brian Clark won Third Place with his Mercury Sno Twister custom race sled.  Congratulations all you for working so hard creating those exceptional sleds.

     

    To change things up we added a timed-course event, calling it a ‘Snow Moxie’.  We set up a twisty course with plastic cones that included a hill climb.  To keep it simple there were no classes, and to enter all you had to do was ‘Run What You Brung’.  Each participant had to ride three timed runs against the clock.  The winners were the participants that had the three highest averages.  Winners received a trophy and money!  There was a first, second, and third place.  This year for First Place was Brian Clark with his modified Mercury Sno-Twister, second was Greg Byrd with his stock Mercury Trail-Twister, and third Stephen Phillips with his restored Ski-doo Blizzard.  Thanks to everyone for all the enthusiasm for making this new event a success and so much fun!

     

    Then on Sunday while Stephen, Ed, and Kevin participated in a one day avalanche course presented by the Northwest Avalanche Center, Melanie and Howard spent part of the morning and early afternoon on their vintage snowmobiles riding the trails close to the resort. 

     

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the show, timed event, and vintage ride.  It was a truly wonderful weekend in many ways.  Click on the Homelite Forester in fluff to see more pictures:


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  • Getting Sleds Ready and Riding Photos

    Posted on 02/17/19 at 10:16 PM

    As the season rolls along our members are riding, and getting sleds ready for the next show and ride.  We also saw a 75-year snow storm hit the Puget Sound Lowlands dumping up to 18" of snow in the Puget Sound, and along the Columbia River.  Click on the photo for a link for a few photos of members riding in Western Washington, and Western Montana:


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  • New Past Event - Taneum Sn-Park to Whistlin' Jack Lodge

    Posted on 02/06/19 at 12:36 AM

    Six of us made the trek to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge (WJL) this year.  We met at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and left the sno-park right on time.  The trails were groomed but icy. Because the trails and snow were hard there were times at the lower elevations when the liquid cooled sleds had cooling issues. But most of the time we just cruised along getting off the trails at different play areas to do some side hilling, or speed across open areas. 

    As to be expected there were some mechanical issues.  The John Deere had an issue with the recoil.  The bolts vibrated out.  We found them and installed the one that we could get too with the tools we had.  To help eliminate the vibration we braced the recoil as best as we could.  It worked, and got us all the way to WJL in record time.  After relaxing in the lounge, had one of their great dinners, we lingered in the restaurant swapping sledding stories before going back to our cabin for the night.

    What a difference on day can make in the weather and conditions.  Overnight a storm came through bringing snow.  After breakfast we left the lodge with 3" inches of new soft powdery snow on the trail.  As we rode into the higher elevations there was up to 6" towards the top.  The soft powder blew over our snowmobile hoods while breaking trail.  We did not see any other sleds all the way back to the sno-park.  While the new snow eliminated the cooling issues the JD did gave us more problems.  While we were going around a felled tree when it lost spark.  Unfortunately this time we could not get it running so it had to be towed back.  Also, Dustin's sled broke its throttle cable but that only slowed him down.  Stephen rigged a hand throttle so he could ride it the rest of the way back to the trailer.

    It was a great trip, one that we look forward to each year.  For pictures click the picture for a link to the club's Google Photos site:


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  • New Past Event - Lolo Hot Springs Event was a Sucess!

    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 with 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: 


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  • New Past Event - East Wenatchee Event 1-2019

    Posted on 01/14/19 at 09:49 AM

    We had a fantastic turnout for the event!  In the riding area, there was hardly a flake of snow that did not have an imprint of a snowmobile track.  We even had a supper fun ride out of the area tracking up some of the sagebrush.  There were antique, vintage, and modern sleds running and jumping all around the area.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  It was sunny, without any wind.  There was a shop close to the riding area that we used for welding a set of broken handle bars, and all the experience you would ever need to keep all those snowmobiles running.

    Then there was the club’s Arctic Cat Kitchen Cutter barbeque!  We had expertly prepared burgers with all of the fixings, chili, chips, and cookies.  It turned out to be a truly wonderful day with our member’s their families, kids, friends, and pets.

    Click on the photo to see pictures and videos:


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  • Why Vintage Snowmobiles are so Popular

    Posted on 01/03/19 at 11:02 PM

    One of our members found this nice article why vintage snowmobiles are so popular.
    As if we had to read about it . . . wink


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  • How Sledding will be Affected by the Federal Government Shut Down

    Posted on 12/29/18 at 10:39 AM

    Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) received the following message from Washington State Parks regarding how the Federal Government shut-down it will affect our State's Winter Recreation Program.  See message below:
     
     
    Good afternoon,

     As we enter the second week of the Federal Government shutdown, we are faced with high use areas going ungroomed and impacts on plowing.  I will attempt to make this simple, however, please realize that these processes must follow contractual rules, are time sensitive and costly. 

    Plowing:
    I have heard from the Naches Ranger District and the Cle Elum Ranger District.  Naches will continue to plow the Bumping Lake Sno-Park (non-motorized) and Cle Elum Ranger District will continue to plow their sno-parks once per week prior to the weekends (Taneum, French Cabin, Salmon La Sac, Blewett Pass, Pipe (NM) and Swauk (NM). 

    Sanitation:
    Some areas of sanitation are provided by the USFS, therefore, although the facilities are unlocked, there may not be any amenities within (toilet paper), therefore, people may want to bring some from home.  These sanitary facilities provided by the USFS are mostly on Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens, also the Colville Area, Naches. (If in doubt, take paper along)   The popular I-90 Corridor are portable units and serviced weekly by private contracts. 

    Grooming:
    We are entering into an agreement with two separate contractors for grooming. 
    A private contractor will use privately owned equipment to groom Kachess/Gold Creek once per week through January unless the Federal Government resolves the budget issues and returns to full operation prior to that date. 

    A private contractor will use program owned equipment to groom Blewett/Reecer Creek once per week through January unless the Federal Government resolves the budget issues and returns to full operation prior to that date. 

    A private contractor will use privately owned equipment to groom the Salmon La Sac campground (NM).  They will not set tracks and will just be establishing a base for users.  They are being asked to do this twice during the potentially 5 week period. 

    Other areas will be ungroomed, i.e., Mineral Springs, Bumping Lake, Geophysical, Frater Lake.  Please check our web site for updates.

    Please understand that although we are providing limited services, I believe that we can provide basic services (access and sanitation) and limited grooming for our visitors.  We are hopeful that the Federal Government will resolve the budget issues and return to work quickly.  The cost of providing these services using private contractors may have a significant impact on the remaining budget for the USFS upon their return to work.  We thank the two private contractors that have agreed to take on this additional work load during their very busy season.  Please be assured that we explored many options and find that this is the most reasonable alternative. 

    I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

    Pamela A. McConkey, Manager
    Winter Recreation Program
    Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
     
    Matt Mead
    WSSA Publicity Secretary
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  • New Past Event - Trout Lake Ride Was a Sucess

    Posted on 12/29/18 at 07:48 AM

    We had our first ride of the season! Paul, Ed, Kevin and Stephen meet to spend the night at the Trout Lake Inn at the southern end of the Mount Adams Wilderness. They brought the sleds we’ve been working on, and some that are intended to be used this riding season. They now know what additional work needs to be done to make the sleds reliable, and what is not going to work. The best part of the day was there were No Tow-ins! All of the sleds made it back to the sno-parks on their own power.
    The snow was perfect while the sun was working to peek through the clouds. Temperatures were in the mid 20’s with intermittent light snow. There was a total of about three feet; one foot of soft powder on top of a two foot base. This made for a day of what Stephen likes to call Hero-Snow. You could go almost anywhere on a vintage sled. The four-wheel-drive-guys did made the first day kind-of rough rutting out the trails. But, by the second-day the groomer was out to made the trails smooth and fast. It was a great way to prepare for the upcoming season.
    Click on the Moto Ski to see the pictures at the club's photo page, and a video of Stephen catching air with Paul's 1969 Ski-doo Olympic:


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  • Our Club's Structure has Changed

    Posted on 12/16/18 at 09:49 PM

    The past few years have brought some interesting changes and challenges to our vintage sled club, one of which is the workload of the club president and how we want to handle that workload in the coming years.  Ray Bergstresser has carried this club forward for many years, planning most of the events we attend in addition to maintaining our relationships with other clubs, and the Washington State Snowmobile Association.  His dedication has helped make us who we are and we owe him many thanks for his efforts.  Ray decided to scale back his involvement with the administrative side of the club and enjoy his vintage snowmobiles, but his are large shoes to fill.  In accordance to our by-laws I will move to the position of President until then next election.  The club leadership has discussed this situation and we believe that reducing the workload of the club president will assist in transitioning that position to another person, as well as help make the position more enjoyable for those elected.

     

    With this goal in mind, we are proposing that individual event planning be moved to local representatives from the membership, with the president coordinating between them to help choose which events will be on the club’s calendar and following up to ensure they get planned.  The local representitive would be responsible for the nuts and bolts of the event: who’s going, where do we park, contact with the event leadership, good local hotels, etc.  This strategy accomplishes two things:  

    1. It reduces the workload of the president  
    2. It allows a local rep who is planning an event to focus on just that event.

     

    Our members have had the ability to plan club events all along, but the proposed strategy makes that the primary method vs. having the president plan them.

     

    Local representatives would be volunteers from each area.  Since our members are spread out, this should provide good coverage for our events.  An example list of representatives and events might look like this:

    NorthWest: Stephen Phillips

                    Events: Mount Baker Shootout, Spring Blue Lake Ride

    CentralWest: Kevin Hancock

    Events: WSSA Expo

    SouthWest: Need a volunteer

    Events: Trout Lake Ride

    Central: Need a volunteer

    Events: Wings & Wheels

    Eastern: Need a Volunteer

                    Events: Winter Knights Show

    Idaho & Montana: Need a Volunteer

                    Events: Priest Lake, Lolo Winterfest, West Yellowstone

    What we need to make this work:

    1. A list of local representatives and a commitment from those individuals to plan their respective events.
    2. A quarterly coordination meeting or correspondence between the club officers and the local representatives to ensure that events on the calendar are on track.  This can be done through email.
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  • New Upcoming Event - Overnight Ride to Whistlin' Jack Lodge

    Posted on 12/12/18 at 08:12 PM

    This is an annual 140-mile two-day vintage snowmobile ride starting at the Taneum Sno-Park between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, WA.  We leave from the sno-park to ride to Whistlin' Jack Lodge.  Because of the distance we spend the night then head back the next day.  This will be the third year we've done this trip.  We rent a cabin that sleeps up to eight.  The lodge has a great restaurant, lounge, a store with food, and gas.  The views along the way are fantastic.  We ride on groomed trails all the way.  If you are interested in a great weekend let Stephen Phillips or Kevin Hancock know you are coming: pnwvsc@gmail.com.


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  • Two Old Ski-doo's Ready for Riding!

    Posted on 12/12/18 at 07:58 PM

    Paul and Stephen spent a weekend getting their Ski-doo's ready for this years riding events.  Stephen finished out his 1968 Alpine with a funky muffler, while Paul put the finishing touches on his 1969 Olympique 320.  I think they will be for testing at our first riding event at the Mount Adams Wilderness outside Trout Lake on December 27 - 28.


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  • New Upcoming Event - The Last Resort Annual Show and Riding Event

    Posted on 12/02/18 at 10:02 PM

    The Last Resort and Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club are sponsoring a vintage snowmobile show, and vintage snowmobile ride. The show is in the area behind the motel on Saturday February 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    On Sunday the vintage snowmobile ride will meet in the area behind the motel starting at 9:30 a.m. leaving around 10:00. We will ride the trails close to the resort returning when we are ready to come back.

    Last year we had to cancel due to no snow.  Hopefully having it earlier in the year this will not be a problem.  Most of us stay in the resort's motel.  During the event there is an avalanche course.  Rooms will fill up fast, so make your reservations early!  Let Stephen Phillips know if you will be coming: pnwvsc@gmail.com. 


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  • FREE Sleds are Going Fast!

    Posted on 12/02/18 at 09:13 PM

    Stephen Phillips and Kevin Hancock helped themselves to some of the FREE sleds that James Fuller is giving away.  They are going fast!  If you are interested best get on it and call or text James Fuller at (253) 304-8824.  They are in the Roy, WA area.


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  • FREE Vintage Snowmobiles

    Posted on 11/18/18 at 08:51 PM

    A past member is selling what's left of his collection.  They are in the Roy, WA area.  Everything that is left is for FREE.  If you find something that you want parts from, you have to take the whole sled.  For more information call James Fuller (253) 304-8824.

     

    To see more pictures click on the link attached to the pictures:


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  • New Past Event - Winter Knights Show November 2018

    Posted on 11/14/18 at 10:26 AM

    Our members teamed up with the Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland Northwest vintage snowmobile club to put on a FANTASTIC display at the Winter Knights Show and ATV Expo.  The event was the weekend of November 10, 2018.  They had two contests, People's Choice and President's Award.  The walk away winners of the awards went to Paul Kruger and Candy Johnson for their popular restored 1969 Mercury 220E, and Dick Feil and his TOTALLY AWSOME 1966 Arctic Cat King 460D.  Congratulations everyone for a wonderful-showing at this annual event.

    During the shows we take the opportunity to share labor hauling sleds.  Clatyon and Joyce Busch dropped off a 1969 Homelite Forester they picked up for Kevin Hancock in Peerless, MT.  It is now safely stored at Ray Berstresser's home until Kevin can arrange a ride, or go fetch-it-himself.  What a fantastic group of people working together for our sport.


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  • New Past Event - Whistlin; Jack Trail Signs are Put Out

    Posted on 10/29/18 at 07:43 PM

    Four of our members spent the couple weekends placing club's trail signs from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistlin' Jack Lodge.  Last weekend Paul, Ed, and Kevin finished placing the signs, while Stephen made sure they had all the materials they needed to get the job done.  

     

    Every year a group from the club rides the approximatly 140 mile round trip to the lodge to spend the night, then ride back the next day.  It is a really fun ride that they look forward to every year!  We share a cabin at Whistlin' Jack, eat and rest the evening then ride back the next day.  There is plenty of room for more members.  If you are interested being a part of the fun contact the club at our email saying you want to joint up: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  You will not be sorry that you took the trip.  Click the picture to see pictures setting the signs: 


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  • New Past Event - 2018 WSSA Snowmobile Expo & Power Sports

    Posted on 10/23/18 at 09:23 PM

    What a great and busy weekend it was at the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo & Swap Meet!  This was our 19th year.  It went by really fast.  We had our display up and running well before it was time for the gates to open.  The best part of the Expo was that so many from the public stopped to see our old machines, swap riding stories when they were the hottest and newest sleds on the trails, and voted for their favirite sleds.  

     

    This year there was a sort-of friendly grub-match between two of our members.  This summer at the last show the top prize had slipped from the top winner.  Then in the end the viewing public decided that the reigning king of restorations continues to be Dick Feil with his beautifully restored 1966 Arctic Cat King 460D, while a respectable second place showing went to Kevin Hancock for his 1969 Mercury 220E.  Thanks to everyone that voted to settle the contest of the best sleds for this year’s shows.

     

    Pictures are available by clicking on to this picture: 


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  • New Past Event - East Wenatchee Wings & Wheels 10-2018

    Posted on 10/08/18 at 08:16 AM

    What a GREAT two day event!  This was our first time at this show.  The weather cooperated, and we had a very good spot for our display.  As folks meandered through the car show they stopped to take pictures, and admire our sleds.  We were well received with a lot of stories told and retold of when they rode their first snowmobile, and if one in our display was the same year and make.  

    We asked folks walking through to vote for their favorite sleds.  We used their votes for the 1st and 2nd place winners of the People's Choice awards.  For this show the trophies were presented by the organizers of the East Wenatchee Wings & Wheels at the same time they announced the show car winners.  Kevin Hancock won 1st place with his restored 1969 Mercury 220E.  Dick Feil took second with another beautifully restored Arctic Cat pusher sled; a 1966 Arctic Cat 460D. 

    The next day some of us went to watch the hydroplanes display at the annual Lake Chelan Mahogany and Merlot event.  There were some big names there like Miss Pay-N-Pack with their HUGE WWII vintage V12 Allison airplane motors roaring around the track.  Because they were not racing you could go out on one of the big Allison boats!  Now how cool is that!  Leading up to the big boats were several classes the put on a fine show for the crowd.

    Click the picture to go to the club’s Google Photos site to see the show and hydroplanes:

    REMEMBER  the weekend of October 20 and 21 in Puyallup, WA is our final show for this summer season.  This is our 19th year showing at the Washington State Snowmobile Association’s Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo & Swap Meet.  We will be there displaying our sleds and memorabilia. 

    If you want to be part of the fun contact Ray Bergstresser: time4snow@comcast.net; (509) 993-7107. 


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  • Just the Way it is . . . .

    Posted on 08/25/18 at 10:44 AM


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  • Richland Show Posted On Dave's Vintage Snowmobiles

    Posted on 07/09/18 at 10:01 PM

    I am sure almost everyone knows David's Vintage Snowmobile site.  He just posed our show at Richland in June. Click the picture to go to the posting:

    Here is the link to our Google Photo site for more pictures: 


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  • HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

    Posted on 07/04/18 at 02:29 PM

    Wishing Everyone a Happy

    4th of July Holiday!


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  • Cool Stuff to Order that Supports our Club

    Posted on 06/17/18 at 08:57 AM

    The trailer decals are now available for order.  They are $20.00 plus shipping.  You can order one by sending a check to our Treasurer/Secretary 32600 NE 86th Street, Camas, WA 98607, or if using PayPal select: ‘Send Money to Friends and Family’ to our account: pvwvintagesnowmobile@gmail.com.

    Is there anything you would like the club to order like cups, sweat shirts, jackets?  If want an item with the club's logo sewn in we are all set to do that through a company called Tags in Olympia.  Let us know: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  


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  • All of the Whistlin' Jack to Taneum Sno-Park Signs are Picked Up

    Posted on 06/02/18 at 10:09 PM

    Ed and Marlane Buckner, and Kevin Hancock met this weekend to finish gathering the last of the directional signs our club put out last winter from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistlin' Jack Lodge.  They did it Friday afternoon, and Saturday.  The weather was great.  The roads were dusty but solid.  Now we need to meet and discuss what the plans are for next year.

    After lunching at Whistlin' Jack they noticed a nice tribute for our signs in a window between the restaurant, and gas station.  There is also one for the Puyallup Sno-Jammers who marked out a trail from the Pyramid Sno-Park by Greenwater to the lodge.

    All of the pictures are at this link: Signs


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  • Classy Car Show Was A SUCESS!

    Posted on 05/09/18 at 07:24 PM

    We had a great time at the Classy Car Show!  This was our first time at this event.  The weather cooperated, and the selection and quality of sleds on display was awesome.  It was so awesome that the promoters of the show invited us to their October event Wings and Wheels event.  We will let you know if we decide to attend, and encourage everyone too.  

    As has become customary, we had our Peoples Choice 1st and 2nd awards.  First Place was Dick Feil with his rare and immaculately restored 1966 Arctic Cat 560D.  Second place was Kevin Hancock's 1969 Mercury 220E.  This is the one he rode to Whistlin' Jack Lodge and back last January.  Congratulations both of you.

    To see all the pictures click on this link: Wenatchee


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  • New Member Welcome

    Posted on 03/08/18 at 01:56 PM

    The PNWVSC would like to welcome our newest member, Andrew Schauer! Andrew has zoomed around the fields with us on a couple of occasions and has the vintage sled bug. Welcome Andrew!


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  • In Memoriam......

    Posted on 02/08/18 at 06:32 PM

    A sad day. Our good friend and founder of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club Arthur Bonenfant passed away this week in Portland, Oregon.  Arthur had the best collection of Arctic Cat race sleds in the west.  He was always ready to lend a hand at our shows, had a big wonderful smile, great stories, and was always ready and easy to make laugh.  He will be missed. A memorial service will be held on the 17th, details below.

     

    Arthur enjoying his sleds and friends

     

    And playing Tillotson Toss

     


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  • Nice to be Appreciated

    Posted on 10/24/17 at 08:18 PM

    We received this note in the People's Choice ballot box.  
    Thank you very much to the person who wrote this! 
    It made our love for the sport 
    that much more special yes 

     


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