Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 9, 2004

Vintage snowmobile racers coming to Howard Lake Sat.

By Lynda Jensen

The snow will fly Saturday as nearly 100 racers will converge on Howard Lake with their vintage snowmobiles.

The racers, some of whom are local residents, own early models of snowmobiles and travel to race as part of the Vintage One Lunger Series, or VOLS.

Among familiar names are Jim Benson of Howard Lake with a 1970 Snojet SS, Brett and Mary Schlief with a 1973 Open Mod 295 SST, and Troy and Susie Lange with a 1973 295 SST Stock.

"It is addictive," commented Mary Schlief of the racing.

Many racers use Sno Jet snowmobiles, which are no longer manufactured thus it's considered a "vintage" sled, Brett Schlief commented.

All vintage sleds lack the features of modern sleds, such as crude suspension, one cylinder vs. multiple.

Finding parts for a vintage sled can be compared to a treasure hunt.

Used parts can be garnered off snowmobiles in junkyards or anywhere you might find old sleds.

New parts sometimes can be found at dealerships who once carried parts and service for your machine at a time when it wasn't considered "vintage."

Some dealerships held on to inventory and this is a rare and sometimes costly find as these parts are no longer manufactured, she noted.

It all adds to the challenge and fun of maintaining a vintage sled.

"You will see many different models of snowmobiles; Yamaha, Rupp, Ski Rule, Scorpion, Sno Jet, Ski Doo," she said.

"Anyone who enjoys competitive sports, racing, vintage snowmobiles and getting out of the house should find this appealing," she said.

"It is our wish and hope to see this as an annual event here in Howard Lake and that local residents and businesses embrace this as we have," she added.

Classes in the Vintage One Lunger Series include:

Juniors: Trophies - Points - Free entry with membership

NEW Powder Puff: Trophies - Points - $10 entry fee

NEW Seniors: Trophies - Points - $10 entry fee

NEW 1973 & older Exp: Trophies - Points - $10 entry fee

1970 & older: Trophies - Points - $10 entry fee

1973 & older HR: Trophies - Payout - Points - $25.00 entry fee

1973 & older 0-300 HD: Trophies - Payout - Points - $25.00 entry fee

1973 & older 0-400 HD: Trophies - Payout - Points - $25.00 entry fee

1973 & older 0-400 Mod: Trophies - Payout - Points - $25.00 entry fee


Race Schedule VOLS 2003-2004

Jan. 3 Head of the Lakes Resort @ Osakis

Jan. 4 Head of the Lakes Resort @ Osakis, Radar run

Jan. 10 Blue Goose Inn @ Garrison , MN

Jan. 17 VOLS AT WSA Xtreme Ice Race @ Hill City

CANCELED Sorry for any inconvenience

Jan. 24 Saulsbury Beach, Green Lake @ Spicer

Jan. 31 Eddy,s - Grand Casino Mille Lacs @ Mille Lacs

Feb. 7,2004 Eddy,s - Grand Casino Mille Lacs @ Mille Lacs

Feb. 14 Howard Lake @ Howard Lake

Feb. 21 Pelican Lake @ Orr

Feb. 28 Osakis Pub & Grill @ Osakis

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