World Championship Snowmobile Derby

Faster Than Ever
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century

Vintage snowmobiles come in all stripes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.  But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.  

Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?  That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship. 

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Arts & Life
5:55 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Vintage Racers Hit the Track

Vintage snowmobiles race in the qualifying rounds at the Eagle River Derby Track.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vintage snowmobile racers compete this weekend in Eagle River in the world championship.  

The world championship may be a week away…but spectators at the vintage race are all about the here and now.  The qualifying rounds for the vintage championship are filled with sleds from the 70s and 80s…or older.  They’re smaller and more antique looking than today’s ultrafast monsters.  And though next weekend’s races will draw a bigger crowd, more people enter the vintage categories.  Elmer Jensen is a longtime volunteer at the derby. 

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First weekend has vintage snowmobiles
3:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Thousands Coming To Eagle River For Vintage Racing

Snowmobile running on the Mississippi River near Hastings, Minnesota, 1910.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

The cold weather has been a concern for some, but the cold has helped promoters get the 51st World Championship Snowmobile Derby track ready in Eagle River.

The event begins Thursday through Sunday with vintage snowmobile races, with the World Championship racing competition the following weekend.

Track owner and coordinator Chuck Decker says the cold has given them a boost...

 

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