Michigan Snowmobiler & ORV - November 2022

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What’s Inside Kenny Goike Reaching New Heights

Armada’s Kenny Goike rising through Snocross Amateur ranks after championship season.

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These three brothers Matt, Stephen and Tyler pull together as only a family can to bring championship trophies home.

Opening the Sled Trail Takes a Village

Snowmobiling in the Keweenaw is a great experience, read about the behind the scene action that opens up the Portage Lift Bridge for sledding enthusiasts.

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from the editor


ell the reports of snowfall in Michigan have begun! By the time you read this article the Snowmobile USA Show (Snow Show) to be held at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace on November 4th, 5th and 6th will probably have taken place. So it’s feels like the season is kicking off. Hope you have done your pre-season checks on your sled and have it tuned and ready for the first ride. Do you have that first route planned? In my head, we have 3 or

4 first ride potential ideas floating around – it’s just a matter of picking which one. Can not wait. In next month’s issue, we will be sharing an article on our 3rd annual RV trip to the Keweenaw and surrounding Copper Country area. While traveling we definitely envisioned a saddle bag snowmobile trip of some type this winter, but as usual our work schedules may conflict with our social habits. Fingers crossed, we would love to bring that story to our pages for you. In this issue, check out

Joyce Wiswell’s article on the process to open up the Portage Lift Bridge for Snowmobile traffic each winter. I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely on my winter ride wish list. Of my bridge favorites, its only competition is the Mighty Mac…we’re quite fortunate to have such incredible engineering landmarks in our great state. As Joyce mentions in her article, it is easy to take for granted hopping on the bridge and making that crossing. However, the bridge crossing and our trails are brought to us by a combination of things including many statewide volunteer Snowmobile and ORV clubs. Please take some time and consider joining or otherwise supporting your local club. It matters. We need our trails and our clubs need us. It’s as simple as that. If you read this before the Snow Show, we will do our best to have a list and contact

information of Michigan clubs in our booth. Stop in and see us – we love to hear from our readers! As always at Michigan Snowmobiler and ORV, we hope this issue has our readers dreaming of fun! We look forward to seeing everyone at local events, chapter meetings and volunteering in support of Michigan Snowmobiling and ORVs. To find a local chapter in your area, visit the MISORVA website. From the home page, scroll down to the map of Michigan with the nine different districts listed, then click on your district for a listing of clubs in that area. Until our next issue, be safe, enjoy the trails and remember to keep our veterans and first responders in your thoughts and prayers.

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Kenny Goike Reaching New Heights

Armada’s Kenny Goike Rising Through Snocross Amateur Ranks After Championship Season BY DOM SANTINA CONTRIBUTING WRITER


ne of the top rising amateur snocross riders in Michigan, Michigan Sno-X and now being noticed in the Amsoil Championship Snocross series is Kenny Goike from Armada. Goike is currently a high school student and member of the football team at Armada High School. Goike has grown up around snowmobiles and started riding with a kitty kat and a 120. That is where his love for racing began as his dad took him from race to race. Goike was 5 years old when he started racing his 120 between races in Michigan and making some national races. Goike has now been racing for twelve seasons and while he has found other hobbies like baseball, football, hunting and fishing. He also finds time to help on his uncle’s farm. But there is nothing quite like racing. “ The best thing is the adrenaline rush, there is nothing like it, especially when the hot start gets going and you feel the

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energy on the starting line it is the best,” said Goike. Goike was very busy last season as he split the time between the Amsoil Championship Snocross circuit and the home state series of Michigan Sno-X. While racing on the national circuit Goike ran JR 14-15 and Sport Lite. While racing at Michigan Sno-X, it provided him with an opportunity to move up classes and get some experience racing against Sport riders and even jumped up to the premier Pro class for the local series. Whether it is on the national level or the regional level, it is easy to notice the talent Goike has with his riding ability. He is smooth, consistent and willing to pull the trigger on a big air jump or learning and searching for the fastest line. All of that started to pay off last season, as he not only won the Michigan Sno-X Sport championship and a top five finish in points in the Pro division. He was also able to secure an amateur cham-

pionship in Junior 14-15. The division raced on both Friday’s and Saturday’s, in the point standings for Fridays, Goike finished second and locked up the Saturday championship at his home state track at Cannonsburg Ski Area in Grand Rapids in front of all of his family and friends. Which Goike acknowledge made it even more special, “ It was the best feeling in the world to win the championship and to be able to celebrate it with my family and friends in Grand Rapids,” said Goike. Goike knows that all of this does not come without preparation and he knows a lot of his success has come from his fitness plays a factor, but also his trainer Josh Sheppard, is a racer and started his own training company, along with just being mentally prepared and focused 100 percent on the track. While winning a championship was definitely a highlight to the season, Goike also enjoyed his time on the road, even if it was a busy and long winter. “ I think my favorite thing from last year was after Deadwood, South Dakota we stayed out west until we raced at ERX Motorsports Park in Minnesota. Which allowed us to stay with a lot of my racing friends and hangout for a while and it was a fun time,” said Goike. While the season will still be a long one, Goike and his family will get some breaks as the International Series of Championships which is the governing body of the Amsoil Cham-

pionship Snocross series has decided to space their schedule out more. The season will start on December 16-18 in Fargo, North Dakota before taking almost a complete month off and heading to Shakopee, Minnesota on January 13-14. The series will head to Deadwood,South Dakota on January 27-28, then head to Salamanca, New York on February 17-18. That will put the season at the halfway point in the season. The series will then head to: Sioux Falls, North Dakota on March 3-4; Elk River, Minnesota on March 10-11; Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 24-25 and will finish the season in Dubuque, Iowa on April 1-2. While Goike will have an opportunity to travel and race on a variety of tracks, he unfortunately will not be able to race on his favorite track which was Lake Geneva at the Lake Geneva ski resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. “ There was a whoops section right after the finish line, which you could skim across, kind of like a motocross whoops section and then that led to a big uphill section that I really liked, “ said Goike. While Goike accomplished great things in the 2022 season, his focus is fully on the 202223 season. As he plans on racing Sport Lite on a full time basis for the National series with possibly trying out the Sport class at some point during the season if things are going well. Goike has some goals for this season including the idea of a Sport Lite championship continued on page 8

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and finding himself on the podium more often, after finishing third in Iowa last season and second at Lake Geneva. With Goike returning to Sport Lite and possibly some Sport class racing, he knows he has some things to work on including cleaning some of his racing mistakes and shoring up his mental focus and race craft. Goike has teamed up with Sheppard’s Racing for the full season and is excited to get an earlier start to the season. While also getting some more downtime with bigger breaks in the nation-

al schedule, which will help with more practice time but also allow him to be able to catch up with school. He hopes all of these positive changes will help him achieve his goals this season. You can catch Goike racing at each of the national races and can find tickets and the season schedule at snocross. com or stream it live on FloRacing. You can also occasionally catch him at some Michigan Sno-X races and can find all of your Michigan snocross racing information at Michigansnoxllc.com •


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The East Jordan SnoBlast Committee has kicked off their festival planning meeting for the 39th Annual Sno-Blast Winter Festival scheduled for February 21 – 23, 2020 in East Jordan. Looking for another wonderful family-friendly festival celebration winter in northern Michigan for snow and nonsnow-lovers alike! The festival offers a multitude of activities including snowmobile radar runs, antique snowmobile snow, snow sculpture competition, food events ATV and snowmobile rides, plus much more. In the meantime, East Jordan “owns” the fall when it comes to fall splendor and beauty! The area is abundant with fall foliage and great country roads and scenic overlooks to get those “ahha” and “oohs” from Leaf Peepers of all ages! There are also a number of festivals and events celebrating the fall season including…Fall Fest in East Jordan at the beautiful Tourist Park located on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix – Saturday, September 28th, the 11th Annual Fall Breezeway Color Cruises – September 28, October 5 & 12. Cruise at your own pace “discovering” all that The C-48 Breezeway (26 miles long from Atwood to Ellsworth to East Jordan and on to Boyne Falls) has to offer after you pick up your goodie bag full of tour tips, special sales/coupons/swag from businesses located along The Breezeway. Experience all that the Breezeway

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week! Gorgeous displays of fall color, sunshine, rain, wind, snow, sleet, rainbows…we have seen it all! Some areas have even had significant amounts of snow on the ground and it is just the middle of October! Some of the forecasters are predicting a “true, hard winter” with plenty of show and cold temperatures. The fruit trees are loaded with fruit which many feel predicts a tough winter ahead. I will hold my predictions until next spring! It is not too soon to schedule your plans to visit or re-visit the spectacular Jordan Valley and River this upcoming winter season. From a beautiful snowmobile ride on the Jordan Valley Snowmobile Trail or a raft trip down Michigan’s first wild and scenic Jordan River, get out and enjoy winter! My family and I just experienced a fall raft trip down the Jordan

River this past weekend and as our guide Al said, “In my 70 years of being on the Jordan River, it is never the same river twice.” Organizers of the East Jordan Sno-Blast Winter Festival have begun meeting to plan the 43rd Annual Event scheduled for February 17 – 19, 2023. Visit the Chamber website at ejchamber.org for schedule of events. While in the area, be sure to check out the Sky Bridge – “The world’s longest timber towered suspension bridge” which just opened on October 16th at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. The East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce staff were on hand for the bridge’s ribbon cutting and opening ceremony. It is truly a magnificent and memorable attraction and experience! Looking forward to having you, your family and friends visit our area! Most sincerely, Mary H. Faculak President/CEO














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s eagerly as kids await the arrival of Santa each December, Upper Peninsula sledders look forward to the opening of the snowmobile trail on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. The iconic bridge, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, connects the Upper Peninsula mainland to the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, a virtual snow globe that attracts hordes of sledders each winter. Preparing the bridge’s lower ramp for snowmobile traffic entails cooperation between the non-profit Keweenaw Snowmobile Club and several state and local governmental agencies. Because Portage Canal is a federally regulated waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard must first declare that



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cold in windy out there,” he adds in classic understatement. Getting that ramp open is just one of the many things sledders have the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club to thank for. The group’s fleet of five groomers maintains some 200 miles of snowmobile trails that run from Toivola (about 15 miles south of Houghton) to the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula at High Rock Bay. Every mile is groomed at least one a day, and often twice in high-traffic areas. All told, they groom more than 30,000 miles each year – enough to circle the globe more than once. It takes a team of

nearly two dozen volunteers and paid workers to maintain the trails. The DNR provides about two-thirds of the budget and club fundraisers, donations and advertisements in their trails map cover the rest. “We have north of 40,000 people using the trails and our economy in the winter is dependent upon that,” says LaPorte. “You can take it for granted, but there is a lot to make it all happen -- and it can be quite chaotic at times.” Learn more about the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club, including trail conditions and maps, at https://www.keweenawsnowmobileclub. com. •

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ent Me” proclaims the big sign at Copper Country Rentals on Highway 41 in Calumet – and many locals and tourists do just that for a day on the trails. The past several winters have been particularly busy at the Keweenaw Peninsula business. “Covid didn’t hurt us at all,” says Chris Bushong, who owns the place with his wife, Susan. “I hate to say this, but it helped us. The last three years have been record setting, that’s for sure.” Indeed, tourism flourished on the peninsula as travelers sought wide-

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“We are an exclusive BRP dealer,” says Bushong. “We pay more but it’s high end and worth it in the end. It’s very reliable equipment.” The property also includes the Trailside Lodge, a 24-room motel that draws rave reviews from guests. “For ratings, we are in the top 10 percent in the world on Trip Advisor. It’s a mom-and-pop place, not the Taj Mahal, but it is clean and spotless,” Bushong says. “When you run a hospitality business and run it well, that draws people in. Some people come to stay and don’t even realize we rent, but when they see that we do, then they do. The whole

key to this business and what I try to promote is the synergy between the hospitality and recreation rental businesses.” Susan sits on the board of the Keweenaw Snowmobiler Club. Sledders themselves (as well as licensed pilots), the Bushongs appreciate the impact snowmobiles have on the local economy. “The snowmobilers feed this place in the winter. They are low impact, they are blue-collar workers, hard workers and they have money,” Bushong says. “If people don’t understand the impact of that business, they are clueless.” Learn more at www. thetrailsidelodge.com. •

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Racers Questions Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence in your regard to the sport? My parents, I started riding snowmobiles at a very young age behind our house. The first sled I rode was a Ski Doo citation with an impact socket taped to the handle because I just wanted to hold the throttle wide open. This got me hooked into snowmobiling, my brothers and I would race each other around the yard on them and all the local trails growing up. We spent most all of our free time each winter out riding. Both of my parents used to race snowmobiles

and it is a passion that has been passed on to us. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? I began racing when I was 8 years old with go carts. I was having a hard time finding school interesting and my grades reflected that. I had pestered my dad about getting a go cart because I really wanted to race. He made a deal with me that if I raised my grades up in school then he would get one, about a month later we hit the track racing. Over the years I have raced dirt bikes, cars and basically anything with a motor. I began snowmobile racing in 2013

at the TC 250 on the vintage single cylinders, then getting an opportunity to race a pro mod enduro sled in the semi pro class for a season and a pro enduro race at the end of the season. The following season I was given the opportunity to run in the pro enduros and have been since 2016. My proudest achievement so far is placing 4th in the World Championship at Eagle River in the formula 3 class. What is your career goal? My career goal is to win the Soo I-500 and the World Championship in Eagle River. continued on page 20


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How did you become part of this racing team? My brothers and I all race ice ovals and raced for a few different teams for a few years. In 2019 we decided to start our own team, with the support of our family, friends and sponsors we began Town Brothers Racing.

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Owners Question When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? It is hard to only list one as I am extremely proud of our team. Last season at Eagle River I was set up to run our F-3 for the world championship. I was unable to be at the track until late Friday evening, so Stephen ran the sled in Fridays events. I was about an hour from the track and during a heat Stephen had an off injuring him and damaging the sled. When I got to the trailer every one is working on the sled trying to get it back together and making plans for the next morning to make a parts run. On Saturday we got to the trailer and got the F-3 all back together and ready to go, later in the day I took the enduro sled out for qualifying and a part in the suspension broke which led to not making it into the pro enduro race Sunday. When the part broke it wasn’t just replacing it as it caused other damage so we parked the sled next to the trailer and put our focus on the F-3 for Sunday. On Sunday we were going over the F-3 and getting everything ready to go for the world championship, we were then approached and informed that we had a spot in the enduro if we could get our sled back together. Without hesitation everyone got to work and busted their butt up to get the enduro sled ready to go. I went out to race our F-3 in the world championship and they kept working putting it back together, with only minutes before the enduro sleds were hitting the ice the sled was finished and ready. All weekend long the team worked hard wrenching on the sleds, pulling the sleds back and forth to the entrance and battling each obstacle. We ended up with a 4th place finish in the World Championship for the F-3. It truly was a team effort and my proudest achievement as an owner of the Town Brothers Racing Team.

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Stephen Town

Racers Questions Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport? My parents – As far back as I can remember we were always out riding snowmobiles in the winter. We would spend our free time in the winter riding around our backyard and eventually on trails around Northern Michigan. It was a great way to spend time with family and friends. Additionally, my dad raced ice oval sleds and my mom drag raced back in the day! Snowmobiling

has always been a family affair for us, and it makes me proud that we have turned that passion into our family racing team. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? I started racing in vintage single cylinder snowmobiles at the TC250 in 2013. After a few years, I got the opportunity to ride a Pro Mod Enduro sled and I was hooked. My proudest achievement on track so far is finishing 4th place at the World Championship Pro Enduro in Eagle River.

What is your career goal? My career goal is to win the Eagle River World Championship Pro Enduro or the Soo I-500. Our team is continuing to get better each year and we are excited for the upcoming 2023 race season. How did you become part of this racing team?

My two brothers and I all race ice oval enduros. We had the opportunity to race for a couple other teams to get started in the sport. After a few years of racing for other teams, we decided it was time to start our own. With support from our entire extended family and our sponsors, we were able to start building Town Brothers Racing. continued on page 24

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Tyler Town

Racers Questions Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport? Our dad got us into racing at a young age. My brothers and I all started with go carts when I was about 5 yeas old. He raced dirt cars when we were growing up (modifieds and late models), after that he started racing ice oval later in his career which started our interest in snowmobile racing. He has always been

apart of our racing careers pushing us to be better and providing advice along the way. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? I started racing go carts at 5, moved from that into dirt bikes and cars. I didn’t start racing snowmobiles until I was 16. Racing

vintage snowmobiles in the TC 250 then on to a vintage 440 superstock my dad built at MIRA. From there I ran one year of the pro enduros in 2019, then was picked up by Kovar Racing for Lincoln that year and have been with them since. I run a few classes on Saturday (single mod, 440 super stock, open 600, and the old mod enduro with TBR).

My proudest achievement is a tough one, I have a three-way tie. The first was running at Eagle River with my brother Stephen, it was the second year they ran the full enduro series and we were running 2nd with just a few laps to go on their Skidoo, I had a small miscalculation in turn 2 and hit the inside bank. We ended up getting 4th. The second was this year continued on page 24

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Owners Questions Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence in your regard to the sport? Same as above – Our team is owned by the three Town Brothers – Matt Town, Stephen Town, Tyler Town. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? My proudest team owner achievements happened during the 2022 race season at the Eagle River World Championship. During the first race at Friday Night Thunder, I fell off our F-3 sled and broke my collar bone. This injury unfortunately made me sit out of racing for the entire weekend. The sled had some damages (as well as myself),

but our entire team worked late into Friday night after the race and repaired the sled so that my brother could continue to race it. The next day also came with some challenges. During qualifying for the enduro race, our suspension broke on the sled, and we were not able to make it into the enduro race that takes place on Sunday evening. However, on Sunday morning while we were preparing for the F-3 race, we were informed that a team dropped out of the enduro and had a spot if we could get the sled fixed. Instantly the team went into fixing the sled without a moment of hesitation. Every member of our team worked feverishly all morning to repair our enduro sled that had broken yesterday and preparing our F-3 sled

for the World Championship. It was a true team effort, and we were able to get the sleds ready for the track just minutes before they were required to be out on the ice! At the end of it all, we were able to pull off a 4th place in the World Championship after fighting through adversity all weekend. I was extremely proud of the entire Town Brothers Racing team that weekend and it is my proudest achievement so far with them.

I-500 and a points championship with MIRA.

apart of it. That being said I love racing for Kovar so I had to get creative and we built a few sprint sleds that I could run to be a part of TBR and am lucky enough to fill in on their enduro sled occasionally. •

What is your career goal? Same as above. How did you become part of this racing team? Same as above.

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winning at the WC weekend in Eagle River with our old mod enduro sled. The third was up at Raber Bay this year, my brother Matt and I won the pro 600 enduro. What is your career goal? My career goal is to win the Soo

How did you become part of this racing team? My brothers and I have always been very close growing up and when they started a race team, I wanted to be


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OFFICIATING CREW Our first pit stop is going to be introducing information about the I-500 race committee officiating crew, who makes up the officiating crew, where they’re from and how many there are. These are questions asked every year that generate a lot of interest from fans and spectators alike. The SOO I-500 officials are all volunteers and make up the officiating crew titled “ I-500 race committee”. The I-500 race committee and race director is capital Bill Cryderman, who has had years of experience as race director and has put together one of the world’s best officiating crews. The I-500 co-race director is Scott Lacousiere who himself has decades of race experience in the officiating capacity. Scott was raised as a child around the race venue. His family’s involvement has been since the start of the very first race. His father is one of our I-500 race control directors who oversee all racetrack involvement during the week long series of racing leading up to the main event. In addition to the race director and codirector, additional officials include tech directors Jamie Vincent and Gina Fox. The I-500 race committee was formed in 2008 as a total volunteer organization. Our race officials are unparalleled within the Oval ice racing community. The race committee officials who were on the track at all times consist of 53 Bill Cryderman

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officials on the track at one time with a total of 75 officials who worked the race on main event race day. Being an international event it’s important to recognize our Canadian families to the north who provide this event with 30 volunteer officials each year. The remaining official base come from throughout Michigan and the Midwest. The I-500 provides all race participants with race officiating that is world class and second to none. reminding you once again as a reader every aspect of this event is supported by a total volunteer program. This fact alone makes the I-500 unique inasmuch as there isn’t another professional race of any type anywhere in the world that is totally volunteer supported. Decades upon decades for over 53 consecutive years families, commercial businesses locally and individuals throughout the community has made this event the world’s most prestigious snowmobile event bar none. We hope through this little article that we’ve enlightened you with some knowledge that we hope has answered some questions about officiat-

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ing at this event. It’s the primary objective of the race committee to provide all participants with the safest conditions possible with all participants in mind. We take pride in providing our participants with the best officiating crew in the world. DRIVERS AND TEAMS Our second pit stop is where we’d like to share some information about the drivers and teams who race here at the I-500. Teams who race here come from throughout the Midwest and Canada and as far north as Alaska. We have factory sponsored teams and we have locally sponsored teams. Each team consists of 12 team members and two drivers. However in some cases race teams will use as many as three drivers. Teams who race here spend thousands of dollars preparing to attend this one single event. Many times people ask us how they can get involved because everybody wants to ride on the famous mile Oval track.Fact is, all race drivers must have a seasoned resume in order to race at this venue. Many

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cial roll call, each of the equipment representatives and vendors present were called to the podium, introduced, and given the opportunity to speak about what they had brought to demo and what else they may have available at the shop. First time to this event, Wisconsin based vendor Trackit, a dealer

of the evening was dedicat ed to socializing and networking, with sponsor clubs meeting face-toface with DNR contacts for their areas and surrounding zones or having some personal time to discuss peculiarities of their particular brands. As usual, the resort staff was on hand to provide excellent service with

outs were repeated everyone had an opp tunity to attend each o of them. Several att dees, mostly those the current list eligible equipment repla ments, were anxious get outside and che out the various brands tractors and ot grooming gear. Among the seve


drivers have claimed our is “ lean left like you mean track is a monster, that’s it” and “ drive harder and a true fact. Hi banks and win “ for a few examples. BURGERS, PIZZA long fast straightaways Each driver having that AND 11 BEERS ON TAP make this track a favorite little extra reminder to win amongst racers throughthe Grand-Daddy of them FRIDAY FISH FRY out the United States and all. The I-500 is the ONE DAILY SPECIALS! Canada. It’s a favored ven- all drivers want to win. ue by the manufacturers N 14260 LAKE AVE • GRAND MARAIS, MI of snowmobiles as well. THE VIEW CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK 906-494-2111 The fact that the I-500 is Third pit stop has you the only mile Oval ice track learning more about in North America is vitalRedwatching this outstanding The big Pisten Bully on display, and Reps to answer que Cozy Cabins & to the tions. manufacturers of race from inside a warm, i Cottages on snowmobiles. The fact that comfortable setting. Did nd Mara s, Michigan Gra IN GRAND MARAIS THIS WINTER! all other tracks are a lot you know the I-500 sells Lake Superior One to six bedroom smaller doesn’t allow the individual hot-seats and JUST OFF THE TRAIL cabins on Burgers, Pizza manufacturers of snowmo- and beautiful sky-boxes which Lake Superior LOCATED 1.5 MILES Located 1 1/2 miles 11 on Tap biles to be able to getBeers their offer the view of a lifetime EAST OF GRANDof Grand Marai East Friday ’s Fish Fry snowmobiles up to speeds at the I-500 track. One mile to the Daily Specials! MARAIS 906-287-0001 west of trail 8 Check us whereby they canout test their facebook Individual seats are 906-494-2693 sunsetcabins222@gmail.com 906-494-2111 1 MILE WEST products. Keep in mind all sold each race which the gmsccw@gmail.com sunset3@jamadots.com N 14260 Lake Ave. sunsetcabinsmi.net OF TRAIL 8 sunsetcabinsmi.net teams must complyMarais, with purchaserMI has for the Grand race officials guidelines. whole week long series This track allows snowof events and the main mobiles to get up to fast event as well. Each seat speeds whereby manufac- is provided with all bevturers observe how their erages except hard liquor products are functioning. and food for the whole day Another interesting fact and week. Each hot-seat is that each snowmobile has its own bar-tender and driver has their own secret race stat computer. SimTAKE message on their snowply put, buy a seat and mobile steering column to you own it for the whole remind them they’re racing week, beverages and food ON PARTS & to win! One message included. Seats are in the ACCESSORIES reads, “go fast and don’t infield V.I.P. booth which when you mention this ad. fall off” another message sets high above the track








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land owners satisfied as well as getting our trails put in, in a safe manner. Lead groomer driver HEARST.qxp_HEARST 8/26/19 12:06 PM Page 22 1-500 finish line Steve Bell the was recogwith a period of fellow- nized continued from page 29 for the tireless efBy Andy Twork ship time for stories and forts that he exerts each providing a 360 degree view MISS I-500 laughs from the previous and every year in his of the whole track and pit Our final pit stop is at the Miss You know when the 22 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 season. Whether it be many hours of grooming. area. The hot seats are set I-500 Pageant program hosted snow begins to melt and land owners satisfied as within a knotty-pine booth getting a groomer stuck at Kewadin Casino Resort He is still enjoying our the green grass starts to well as getting ourthe trails which offers true feel within their “Dream Makers” or being broke down or snowmobile trails even be a nuisance to the put of in, up in anorth safe manner. hospitality and concert facility. Attending the hes not able to point where you need to perhaps having a fine though Lead groomer driver the food is outstanding. The I-500 and week-long series ride anymore himself. Bell was recogcut it every week, the time out on a snowmobil- Steve whole hot-seat experience of events you won’t want to ing aadventure, on nizedWhitehall and Monperiod of either fellowfor the tireless efBysnowmobiling Andy Twork season is with Trail Boss Brian awards Randy Ackersupports the true Pure-MichmissVanette this pageant hosted ship stories thatare he exerts ourtime trailsforon the and West forts tague townseach that berg a kind of a "Snowmobiler of the the year over. igan agenda. to Friday evening annually laughs from thetrails previous and every year in Welcome his You know when the shore or on elsesupport snowmobiling as award" for night his efforts themain council this past The work for the seaGod’s beforein the I-500 be many hourscountry! of grooming. snow begins to melt and season. where inWhether our greatit state well Hot as businesses andsaleyear son is not over, preventaseats go on race. The pageant features getting a groomer stuck He is still enjoying our the green grass starts to of Michigan. contractors that donate Tuesday trails of race week coma Vegas type show which even betive a maintenance nuisance to has theto or being broke down or snowmobile These are is thea people Muskegon, The ring leader, Brian their time and materials. mencing at 6pm. Learn more perhaps having a fine real crowd pleasing Newaygo though hes not able to be done onyou all the equippoint where need to and Oceana county from the many clubs that out onkicked a snowmobilanymore himself. Vanett off the ride by event. There’s NO charge for has Asabout in manysecuring cases thehot-seats efcutment it every week, under the time and stored adventure, either with on Whitehall and Mon- at: aawards trail that they form the West Shore and visiting website wwadmission thesystem show Trail Boss Brian Vanette Randyis Ackerevening along snowmobiling is ing forts of theirour employees cover for theseason next few our trails on the West tague are towns that Snowmobile Council, can truly be proud of. w.i-500.com Our I-500 V.I.P berg a kind of a "Snowmobiler of the year fantastic. Amanda Kemp is over. Oscar Reed by recogniz- in making sure that our months, resting, waiting shore or on trails else- support snowmobiling award" for his in the council thisispast The work for the seasky-boxes hostsas ten and peotheefforts and it is because ofI-500 themPageant p she ing theintrail captains from well trails are maintained as for the upcoming seawhere our great state as businesses and year son is not over, preventaple and are high above the current Lifetime queen of the the different areas in our contractors well as kept and thatsafe donate son. tive maintenance has to of Michigan. venue for a panaramic view Miss Global United Pageant Newaygo These are the people Muskegon, The ringThen leader,onBrian to a their timemarked and materials. safely throughbe done all the equipTheon equipment is the system. ofmany the track and all the high program. 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Each sky-box is objective is to bring out the different areas in ourto well as kept and when all of our volun- the son. your table. system. Then on to a state of the art and comfort best in each contestant from the double tables with safely marked throughThe equipment is the teers and groomers get wonderful dinner includout oursecond trail system. is to none. Learn within. There’s more to beauty Snowmobilers from all chairs all the way around easy part, but the people together at a local estabthe salad along with Our dining group was more about purchasing a than one’s outside appearance need to have that one ing the area as well as them aloud for communilishment. They let off a over steak and baked po- wellV.I.P. impressed with by howvisiting our weekend each year a other sky-box alone. 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kies were a heavy dark gray this Tuesday morning, but it was only 7:45am as we got the snowmobiles out of the trailer and prepared to head east toward the Soo. We had received an invite to visit the Kewadin Casino at Sault Ste. Marie that was hard to turn down, with the extra points for gambling and very low room rates for our lodging, it was just the answer we had been hoping for, and a reason to set our sights on a road trip… or rather a trail trip, a week or so into the New Year! Originally, there would be four of us on this ride, but almost before we turned a track, some discussions arose as to how we would ride, where, and when we would be stopping along the way. My daughter and I felt we should make it as safe as possible by staying on the groomed trails while the “hotdoggers” wanted to play off trails wherever the deep powder presented that

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opportunity. We agreed to go our separate ways and meet up again at our destination, talk about what we encountered along the way, and then enjoy our short stay before moving on to our next destination on the agenda. The only thing we had any concern with was which way we wanted to go to get there, and how long did we want the ride to be. We could easily just jump onto trail 8 and follow it almost directly to the casino resort in the Soo, but that trail meandered north and south almost as much as it did east and west. If we stayed on it, we would ride through the communities of Grand Marais, Newberry, Paradise, Brimley, Strongs, and Raco before we even saw the lights of Sault Ste. Marie. But the alternative would be to travel the trails south, which would require several trail changes, but more importantly, would the snow cover be adequate?

Another check of the snowmobile map showed trail 8 from home to Shingleton then trail 41 south toward, but not into, Manistique where we would pick up trail 2 east. The map was several years old so we Beginning day 1, heading were only looking at it east on Coalwood for an idea of distance Grade (Trail 8) toward between stops for fuel and Shingleton. a warmup rather than directions. The plan, should we go the southern route, would be one of the two options, either head north from Rexton, to Trout Lake, then to Strongs, and then be back to the east on trail 8 again, or from Trout Lake continue east to Rudyard, then to Kinross and north following the trail into Sault Ste. Marie. There were a lot of “what if’s” to be considered before the final decision was made. Our other two companions, however, had already made up their mind to “just wing it” and stay to the north, playing in the powder wherever they found it while heading in an easterly direction, eventually ending up in the Soo. My daughter suggested we just follow the trails east and make snap decisions whenever it became necessary, so that’s what we did. We met up with our other companions at trail 7 where Ridge Road connects and the ride to Shingleton was smooth and rather quick, and after a brief stop for breakfast and fuel, where ready to continue on our way, but this is where we also split up, with the “hot-doggers” going north on trail 8 while we started south on trail 41. Just north of Manistique, we picked up trail 2 and turned east, took a short warm-up break at the gas station near Blaney Park, topped off the fuel tanks, and continued on trail 2 east, passing through Gould City and Engadine, and into Naubinway where we again stopped to warmup at the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. We decided perhaps this was a good time to take a lunch break as well. Getting the latest updates on what to expect on the local trails and whether it would be best to go to Newberry or stick with our initial plan and head to Rexton. Where Trails 2 & 9 connect, we met riders that had just left Newberry and said the heavy traffic was taking a toll on the trails up that way, so we turned south on trail 9 and

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Early morning departure from the Soo on Trail 8, the grade toward Raco was freshly groomed.

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rode into Rexton and the Trail Stop, bought a few snacks, and although we didn’t really need fuel yet, went ahead and topped off again. After discussing trail conditions with other riders who had come from Strongs and Trout Lake, we tentatively decided to avoid the more heavily traveled areas and took trail 473 into Trout Lake, trail 47 north to the junction with trail 472, and headed east toward Rudyard, which was both a good and a not so good call. It was good because not many snowmobilers had been on it since it was last groomed and traffic was light, in fact we only saw six other riders between Trout Lake and Rudyard. It was not so good because the wind had picked up causing some major drifting and periods of very poor visibility, but by reducing our speed and being careful to not get off the trail, we managed to find our way into Rudyard. We stayed on trail 472 and got to the eastside of I-75 without any problems and made our way through Kincheloe to trail 49 and turned north toward our destination. It had been a long day and we were definitely ready for it to end. When we reached the junction with trail 449, we knew we were on the final leg of our journey and followed 449 right into the parking lot of the casino resort. Once we got checked in we began to feel a little better and after a lei-

surely dinner, we spent only about an hour in the casino before calling it a night. Overnight had produced a few inches of fresh snow for Wednesday’s ride and we elected to just remain in town and ride wherever the local trails took us. Not looking to start too early, the rigors of the previous day’s travel was still present in the way of sore muscles, but after a hot shower and a hearty breakfast, we got ready and headed out on our local adventure. Our first stop as we headed back through town was for fuel just before we crossed the I-75 business route then followed trail 49 to the waterfront, going through the tunnel under I-75 in the process. At trail 8 we turned right and rode along the shoreline, across the channel bridge and eventually came to the Soo Locks. We found a suitable place to leave the sleds and walked around town, stopping at several gift & curio shops. Although we weren’t very hungry, we went to a local diner to warm up and had a light lunch before returning to the sleds and continuing our ride. We made our way back along trail 49 passed the airport and entrance to the I-500 track, got safely across the business spur again, and eventually wound up in the Walmart parking lot. We picked up a few items here, some we needed and some we just wanted, before heading back to the

casino. We put the travel covers over the sleds, went up to our room, and after a short rest we called to see if our companions were in house or still out playing. Since we didn’t make contact with them, we made our way down to the casino and spent a few dollars at the slot machines, as well as at the bar. Sometime around sunset my phone rang letting me know our friends had returned and invited us up to their room to swap stories about the day’s adventures. As we shared stories and had a few cocktails, we found that our companions didn’t intend to return home as previously planned but were thinking of riding south to Cedarville and maybe visit Drummond Island before heading back to Munising, so as we finished out the evening with a nice dinner in the casino restaurant, we said our goodbyes and bid them well. Our own plan was to be up early Thursday morning, grab a quick breakfast and be on our way home before the sun got too high in the sky. We would be taking the northern route west on trail 8 but would take any shortcuts possible to minimize the mileage home, but considering the weather reports, that remained to be seen. Once through the tunnel and onto the grade, travel was fast and smooth, and this early in the morning traffic was almost non-existent, and being so early, we decided to stop in Brimley for a warmup with a steaming cup of coffee. We stopped again briefly near the old Raco Store to check the map and discuss whether continued on page 40


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A Snowmobiler’s Plea… STOP the Insanity! BY JIM DUKE CONTRIBUTING WRITER


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This was sent anonymously with the caption “Speed Kills”, and a note that read he had planned to live and ride another day

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daily is “Speed Kills!” and we cannot help but urge every snowmobiler that heads out onto the trails to ride sensibly and relax the thumb on the throttle. Even more so for those who want to venture off-trail, ride cautiously and watch for any hidden hazards, remember a stump just a few inches above the ground can be a deadly obstacle when hit at what most would consider a sensible speed. It’s been said more times than I can remember to ride safe, ride sober, and always ride right! As much as I agree that all these admonishments are equally important, there are far more riders adhering to the zero tolerance and ride sober pledge these days than those who fail to keep on the right side of the trail. This should be the number one concern of every snowmobiler, not just for the lead sled, but for every sled, and not just in the winding or hilly trails, but for every trail, every day. Ride safe is a statement that is taken far too lightly, because not a single rider ever started out with the intention to be in an accident or become a fatality, but far too often that is the way it ends up! Several years ago, when most fatalities were said to be caused by speeding, the manufacturers were mandated to limit the size of the engines they installed in snowmobiles, and thereby reducing the possibility of deaths by speed. As it turned out, there were more “shade-tree mechanics” that could modify the engines and make them even more deadly than what was coming out of the factories, and not all speed junkies wanted that for the racetracks, most wanted it for the trails! Another old saying that comes to mind being used more and more lately is “Can’t regulate common sense”, and obviously not many can even control it! In a recent discussion with a Conservation Officer who says he’s seen more than his share of deadly accidents on, and off, the snowmobile trails claims that more than half of them could have been avoided simply by using less throttle and more attention to what they were doing. He also says that even with the state snowmobile association’s zero tolerance campaign, many post-accident investigations point to alcohol consumption as a contributing factor in the crash. Many folks think a beer with their burger won’t hurt anything, and quite honestly, I used to believe that same thing, until I witnessed what some think is “a beer”! Now I’m a strong believer in the “no alcohol until the keys are put away” programs and insist that anyone who rides with me adheres to it as well. ALCOHOL AND TRAIL RIDING Another false notion is that anyone entering a bar or tavern has to have a drink. The greater majority of those establishments will tell you they are just as happy to serve up non-alcoholic beverages as they are serving a beer, wine, or cocktails, and most also serve some pretty great food choices as well. Just to reminisce a bit, when the zero-tolerance campaign was first kicked off back in the mid-50’s, a number of establishments were complaining that it would ruin their business, but

In a recent discussion with a Conservation Officer who says he’s seen more than his share of deadly accidents on, and off, the snowmobile trails claims that more than half of them could have been avoided simply by using less throttle and more attention to what they were doing. within a year many of those same business owners were praising the campaign, saying they had witnessed an increase in clientele, mostly families, and they found a bigger profit margin in the sale of soft drinks, tea, and coffee than they ever had in serving up booze. One sure thing brought about by the campaign, although slow to begin with, was compliance to the program by the snowmobilers themselves. In the first weeks of the “take the pledge” campaign compliance was less than thirty percent but at year’s end it was reported to be well above 50%, and today the compliance factor is greater than 90%, but there are still many who refuse to believe that it makes a difference, but the proposed and approved legislation to increase the penalties for impaired operation of a snowmobile to mirror those for other motor vehicles has served the snowmobile programs well. So, today, although alcohol is still a factor in many snowmobile accidents, it’s the speed that is primarily to blame. If one checks the statistics, they will find that most isn’t the younger folks either, most are middle aged and several have already entered their “golden years”. This is not to say everyone needs to ride at a snail’s pace, but perhaps more riders need to consider what speed they are capable of handling and not exceed that limit. Referring back to that earlier statement concerning “common sense”. In summary, and to the snowmobilers that requested I address this alarming issue, the grant sponsors that groom the snowmobile trails have done their best to eliminate the vast majority of hazards and made the trail surfaces as safe as possible. The rest is up to the snowmobilers, to ride in a safe and reasonable manner, to stay to the right side of the trail, and to ride within their own comfort zones. To avoid alcohol consumption and refrain from squeezing the throttle to tightly will go a long way in creating a safer atmosphere and a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Have fun, but stay safe and stay sober. •


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Drivers can now experiment with sleds for the I-500 BY RIC FEDERAU CONTRIBUTING WRITER


pectators at the seventh annual running of the I-500 snowmobile classic February 8, 1975 will see something different in sleds. This year most sanctioning bodies have allowed drivers to innovate and experiment with their sleds. For instance, one could see a sled that has a Thunderjet chassis with a Rotax engine for power, with a Scorpion pararail suspension, and with EXT handlebars and seat. Because few new modified snowmobiles will be offered by manufacturers this fall, it was decided to give drivers a chance to see what type of innovative sleds they could come up with. Enduro drivers are also highly skilled mechanics as well as excellent drivers and have observed the best

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in all machines. They can borrow from other qualified snowmobiles and create their own exotic snowmobile as long as it conforms with safety rules and retains the original crankcase and crankshaft supplied by a manufacturer. So spectators at this winters Triple Crown races may see a sled zooming down the track parts from several sleds that resembles an Arctic-Thunder-Stinger. Again this year will see the big three enduro races, the Alpena 500, Traverse City 250, and the I-500 banding together and operating under the Triple Crown rules as well as USSA rules. It was felt that by standardizing rules, drivers who enter each race be better prepared and know what to expect at each race.


There are some differences, however, such as the maximum is 440cc for sleds racing at Alpena, at the TC 250 the maximum is 800 cc, and at the I-500 the maximum is 650 cc. Drivers should keep this in mind and prepare accordingly. Another Triple Crown rule drivers should be aware of is that straight pipes, megaphones, or other types of open exhausts are strictly forbidden. The reason for this of course is that the noise level is considerable and more noise tends to drive away the spectators who pay the bills. Mandatory hearing protective gear is also required of all

drivers this year in each race. Sanctioning bodies this year have also incorporated minimum weights for sleds. This is a new rule which says that a 440cc sled must weigh at least 310 pounds and a 650cc sled must weigh at least 340 pounds. Drivers should be prepared for this rule and check their sleds out so they are not disappointed when they are weighed at the track. Another rule drivers should be prepared for is the one dealing with ice runners on skis. The rule states: It may not extend continued on page 46

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more that ¾ inch below the horizontal surface of the ski proper. Skis may be spread a maximum of three inches each side but not more than three inches outside the chassis. This year 800cc sleds will not be allowed to compete at the I-500 track, however, they are legal at the Traverse City 250 track. Last year only three 800cc sleds qualified for the I-500 race and their numbers have been dwindling each year. Again, a final word to drivers, read carefully the USSA rule book, the Triple Crown rules, and the I-500 supplement. You will notice the insurance has increased one dollar, just like everything else has, so an entry costs $38.00 and entitles a driver to two attempts on the track. The following is the official rules concerning Triple Crown points for 1975: A qualifying driver competing in all three events and accumulating the highest point total shall receive a $1,000 cash prize (in addition to the monies won at each event) and a Triple Crown trophy. In the event of duplicate points the $1,000 prize shall be split accordingly. Triple Crown officials remind snowmobile racers that a driver must qualify for a race to earn points from that race. He must also be a participation driver in all three events to be considered for the for the Triple Crown tro-

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phy and cash award. The driver who has participated in all three events and who has accumulated the most total points will receive the money. Points are accumulated on the following basis at each race: 1st place = 10 points 2nd place = 9 points 3rd place = 8 points 4th place = 7 points 5th place = 6 points 6th place = 5 points 7th place = 4 points 8th place = 3 points 9th place = 2 points 10th place = 1 point The Triple Crown Races are dedicated in memory of William Bowen who was fatally injured during the running of the 1974 I-500 snowmobile race at Sault Ste. Marie. The sympathy of his fellow racers, all the fans and the Triple Crown officials are with the Bowen family. This year Triple Crown officials will present the Bill Bowen Sportsmanship award to the driver who best exemplifies the highest degree of sportsmanship at the three Triple Crown events. The presentation will be made at the 1975 I-500 awards banquet February 8, 1975 by the Triple Crown president, Tom Mahalak. So we hope that this information gives drivers and spectators alike a preview of the 1975 Triple Crown races. They should be exciting, and we hope to see you all at the track.


I-500 Facts and Figures First Race - February 8, 1969

Entries to Qualifications 47 Entries to 500-mile event 47 Fastest Qualifier Tim Maziarz, Arctic Cat, 57.1 mph First Winner Dan Planck, Ski-Doo, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds Approximate Attendance 10,000-15,000 Purse $3,200

Second Race - February 7, 1970 Entries to Qualification Entries to 500-mile event Fastest Qualifier Second Winner Attendance Purse

Third Race

218 50 Roger Hoyle, Arctic Cat, 65.8 mph Don Brown, Chaparral, 11 hours, 18 minutes, 45 seconds 20,000-25,000 $12,000

- February 6, 1971

Entries to Qualification Entries to 500-mile event Fastest Qualifier Third Winner

228 50 Robert Cross, Ski-Doo, 70.1 mph Mike Nickerson, Ski-Doo, 10 hours, 49 minutes Approximate Attendance 25,000 Purse $20,000

Fourth Race - February 5, 1972 Entries to Qualification Entries to 500-mile event Fastest Qualifier Fourth Winner

242 50 Tom Marks, Arctic Cat, 75.5 mph Luverne Hagen, Polaris, 8 hours, 52 minutes Approximate Attendance 30,000 Purse $25,000

Fifth Race - February 10, 1973

Entries to Qualification 182 Entries to 500-mile event 50 Fastest Qualifier Luverne Hagen, Polaris, 75.36 mph Fifth Winner Melvin Kitchen, Polaris, 9 hours, 3 minutes Approximate Attendance 30,000 Purse $25,000

Sixth Race - February 16, 1974

Entries to Qualification 237 Entries to 500-mile event 50 Fastest Qualifier LeRoy Lindblad, Polaris, 77.9 mph Sixth Winner LeRoy Lindblad, Polaris, 8 hours, 59 minutes

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