‘Just a fun race for old sleds’: Vintage snowmobile show and ride draws hundreds to Lake Park – Detroit Lakes Tribune

If the throngs of standing room inside the Lake Park Liquor Store on the morning of Feb. 5 were any indication, the day’s blowing snow and freezing temperatures didn’t deter the success of the annual Old Timers Snowmobile Show and Run.

This vintage 1971 Puma Arctic Cat, owned by Keith Hovelson of Cormorant, Minnesota, was one of the most colorful entries to the vintage snowmobile show that preceded this year’s Old Timers snowmobile race in Lake Park. Hovelson took first place in the custom sled category.

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Organized by the Midnite Riders Snowmobile Club, the event drew several hundred sleds to the field outside the liquor store for the start of the race, and several also took part in the judging held before the event.

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Some of the most colorful entries from the vintage snowmobile show held before the Old Timers snowmobile race on Saturday were worth second and even third glances from visitors.

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“We have about 120 sleds for the trophy show, and there will be 400 to 500 sleds leaving here (for the race), and more joining the trail,” said Tom Holmes, trail coordinator for the Midnite Riders. .

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Although many chose to stick with shades of black and white for their snowmobile gear, some of the Old Timers race participants chose to stand out in the crowd.

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Holmes noted that there was no set course for the race; riders could choose to take any route to enjoy hospitality at the eight stops along the way, including Lake Park and Audubon liquor stores as well as Pit 611, Hooligan’s, TJ’s Bar & Bistro, Cormorant Inn, Cormorant Pub and the Roadhouse.

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After the snowmobile show ended, vintage sled riders began lining up outside the Lake Park Liquor Store for the start of the Old Timers Run.

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“There’s no particular path to follow,” Holmes said. “It’s just a fun race for old sleds.”

Before the race started at 10:30 a.m., early entrants were able to see a wide range of vintage sleds on display.

“We have everything from early vintages, the early 1960s and even a few 40s and 50s, all the way up to 1997 (models),” Holmes said, adding that while all sleds could compete in the race itself , regardless of age, only people aged 25 or over were eligible to participate in the show that preceded it.