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  • New Clothing Order Just Came In!

    Posted on 12/07/18 at 08:17 PM

    The latest clothing order from Tags with our club's logo just got in.  It is too late to give your loved ones Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile logo clothing for Christmas.  But there is time to get a special gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or how about Valentines for that special I Love You heart gift.  Then too, it is nice to look the part for our vintage rides and shows.  

    Contact Kevin Hancock at the club's email: pnwvsc@gmail.com if you want to get find out how to get cool with the proper outfitting.  yes

     


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  • New Upcoming Event - Lolo Winterfest 2019

    Posted on 12/05/18 at 09:20 PM

    A group of us were discussing going to the Lolo Winterfest (Montana) this coming January, 2019. 

    Below is a current Winterfest 2019 flyer.  This year, they moved all the fun timed events (skijoring, slalom run and clover run) to Saturday, so they anticipate larger crowds and exposure to the sport.

     

    Last year the Lolo Hot Springs Bar had fuel for sale and I'm told they plan sell it again this year.  But they advise bringing your own as they charge around $4.50/gallon and the closest gas station is 28 miles east in Lolo Mt. where fuel prices are much cheaper.    To be clear, Winterfest is held at Lolo Hotsprings, 28 miles west of Lolo MT on Highway 12.

     
    Lodging:
    The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs
    Sherri or Rodger (406) 273-2201
    Nice rooms and offers a special rate for vintage snowmobilers for Winterfest.  Be sure to mention Winterfest when registering.  The Lodge also has a large indoor soaking pool.  Call soon, as they already have 12 reservations for Winterfest weekend.
     
    Lolo Hot Springs (Bar, hot springs & cabins)
    38500 W. Highway 12
    Lolo, MT 59847
    General Information: 877-541-5117
    Pool: 406-273-2290
    Bar and Restaurant: 406-273-2297
    Cabins and RV Rentals: 406-273-2294
    Rustic cabins - some have bathrooms, others use a common washroom.  Bar has food and drinks and is open from 9:00 am - 2:00 am Friday - Saturday.  They have the large outdoor hot springs.  
     
    Winterfest fees:
    • Timed Events.  See the flyer for details.  Entry is $15/class if you pre-register, $20/class for late, same day registration.  Emphasis is on fun & skill, not speed.  
    • Vintage Show.  There is a $5/sled entry fee to help defray the cost of the trophies.  We have two classes - Unrestored Vintage and People's Choice.   The show is in the Event Field across the road from the Lodge and Bar and is an on-the-snow show, so sleds have run on their own power. or be towed.   
    There is no fee for the vintage ride on Sunday.  They have a waiver from MT Fish & Game/USFS so that vintage sleds are NOT required to have a trail pass for the ride.  They go to the warming hut and back - around 16 -20 miles depending on which trails we take.  Club usually fires up the grill at the hut and provides hot dogs & hamburgers.  
     
     

       

     

    Finally some of us are thinking of staying longer to enjoy the local trail system and play areas with

    our modern, also known as 'Nice Sleds".  There are snowmobile rentals for you die-hard vintage

    snowmobile riders who need a modern ride.  It is a trail and play area, so a later machine can keep up

    the trails are also welcome:

    If you have questions contact Stephen Phillips:pnwvsc@gmail.com.


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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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  • Trout Lake Ride Getting Close!

    Posted on 11/30/18 at 07:21 PM

    Right now there are four of us committed to riding the Mt Adams wilderness on December 27 - 28, 2018.  We are meeting at 12:00 at the Trout Lake Inn at Trout Lake, WA.  We ride vintage sleds the 27th afternoon, spend the night, to ride the new ones on the 28th.  This is an early year shake down ride.  

    As a special bonus anyone who participates will get a One Pounder Grain Belt Premium Beer!  Kevin brought them back from the land of 10,000 Lakes for us to enjoy!  Can't get them here in the Pacific Northwest.  Let Stephen Philips sgpstephen@gmail.com or Ed Buckner jumbopeak@gmail.com know if you want to enjoy in the fun!

    Uff-dah! I'sh that tastes good!


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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 Upcoming Event - Trout Lake Vintage and Modern Riding Event

    Posted on 10/29/18 at 08:08 PM

    For several years Ed and Kevin have met at the Trout Lake Valley Inn in Trout Lake, WA to ride their vintage and modern sleds.  They meet around noon at the inn, then go to either Atkinsson or Flat Top Sno-Parks to test their vintage sleds. The first half day is spend riding vintage sleds they want to use that season.  After spending the night they ride their moden sleds the next day.  The motel is very nice.  The owner and her daughter prepare a GREAT breakfast of Huckleberry pan cakes, and other wonderful breakfast items with coffee.  The breakfast comes with the room.  We encourage everyone to come.  Please send an email to the club's email: pnwvsc@gmail.com if you plan to attend. 

     


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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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  • Ordering Club Clothing

    Posted on 09/01/18 at 04:05 PM

    For years the club has sold hats and shirts with our logo. Our stock is running low, so it is time to reorder. But it is hard deciding what to have on hand because of our different tastes and styles. So we decided to do things differently, and let our members order directly from a supplier.
    The embroidery and clothing retailer we decided to use is called Tags Awards and Specialties in Olympia (360) 491-2525. They have a large assortment of clothes, and accessories. They already have the club’s logo digitized so all you need to do is request it be embroiled on your item.

     There are two ways to find what you want:

    • During our events we will have a copy of their catalog to page through, with order forms.  Once you decide all you have to do is call in your order.  They will give you an estimate, take your payment, and send you your stuff. 
      • If you order embroidering they discount the clothing item. 
      • The snowmobile in the logo was set up as yellow.  Ask them if you can change the color when ordering to match your sleds. 
    • If you don't want to wait for the next event you can go to their clothing supplier (Sanmar) website: www. https://www.sanmar.com/ and find what you want.  Then you call in your order to Tags.  

    It is that easy.  Because there is such a huge selection to choose from the hardest part will be trying to decide what to get.

    If you have questions you can either call Tags in Olympia directly, or email me Kevin Hancock: kevcho357@gmail.com.   


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  • Just the Way it is . . . .

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


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  • New Upcoming Event - Early Season Shake Down Event

    Posted on 08/14/18 at 01:54 PM

    We have set a date for our First Ridding Event of the 2019 Season!  This has become an annual event.  Depending on snow we will meet either at Greg Byrd's property, or Tim Halvorson's.  Last year it was at Tim's.  It was a great day.  Weather, and snow cooperated for a wonderful time.

    We will have our barbeque there again.  The club will be buying our lunch! 

    This year's grudge match between Stephen Phillip's new aqusition; a 1968 Ski-doo Alpine with the 370 cc double, and the 1968 Ski-Daddler Wide Track 22 is called off.  The Ski Daddler is going to its new home with Candy Johnson and Paul Kruger in Montana.  

      

    Keep an eye open for updates as the time drawn nearer.  Let Ray Bergstresser know if you are planning to attend: time4snow@comcast.net; (509) 466-6249.


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  • New Upcoming Event - Lolo Winterfest 2019

    Posted on 07/31/18 at 07:41 PM

    A group of us were discussing going to the Lolo Winterfest (Montana) next January, 2019. 

    Now that the dates were announced we are firming up our plans:

    - On Saturday January 19, 2019 they will have a fun day, and vintage snowmobile show and several fun events,

    - Sunday the 20th there will be a 16-mile vintage snowmobile ride.  The picture has a link that announcement for the Winterfest 2018 event.  It describes what we can expect for this years event:

       

    We have room reservations at the Lolo Hot Springs Lodge.  This is where the event is being

    held last year, and there are natural HOT SPRINGS to soak in!  cool  There are still rooms available. 

    But move fst now that the dates are announced they could go fast:

    Finally some of us are thinking of staying longer to enjoy the local trail system and play areas with

    our modern, also known as 'Nice Sleds".  There are snowmobile rentals for you die-hard vintage

    snowmobile riders who need a modern ride.  It is a trail and play area, so a later machine can keep up

    the trails are also welcome:

    If you have questions our Honorable President Ray Bergstresser time4snow@comcast.net; (509) 489-6423.


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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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  • New Newsletter - June 2018 Newsletter

    Posted on 06/17/18 at 09:36 AM


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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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  • New Past Event - Vintage Ride at Tim's

    Posted on 02/03/18 at 10:12 AM

    Tim invited the club up to his place on Badger Mountain for a vintage ride and BBQ. A herd of vintage iron showed up, everything from Fox Trac's to El Tigre's. 

     

    We even had a running Foremost in the group!

    And a Merc!

     

    With Dick cooking up the burgers the crew was fed in no time.

    A big thanks from the PNWVSC to Tim for hosting our ride!!!

    See all the hi resolution pics here: Vintage Ride at Tim's

     

     


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  • Johnson Skee-Horse

    Posted on 01/06/18 at 10:20 AM

    The bar has been set mighty high by Dan Guisinger with his Johnson Skee-Horse restoration! And it has a matching cutter to tow around. Congrats Dan on finishing up your project, we can't wait to see it on the snow this season.

     

     

     


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  • New Past Event - WSSA Expo 2017

    Posted on 11/03/17 at 02:49 PM

    The 2017 WSSA Expo is in the books! We had a big crowd this year, and in spite of the weather the swap meet was full of great deals.

     

     

    Dick's 66' 560D Arctic Cat set the bar high and claimed 1st place

     

     

     

    Ray's Massey Ferguson wooed the crowds and earned 2nd place in the votes. Congrats to them both!

     

    See all the pics here: WSSA Expo 2017

     


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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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