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2006 World Championship Vintage
Snowmobile Show & Reunion
Eagle River, Wisconsin
September 22nd-23rd, 2006
As I sat in my hotel room Friday night listening to the Thunder and watching the lightning, I could barely control my excitement of being in Eagle River for the first time since I was 10. Even the soggy weekend forecast couldn't dampen my spirits despite Mother Nature's best efforts. But, by Saturday morning, the rain gave way to mostly cloudy skies. Fall is not just here, but in full force!
My family shared in the excitement of the setting and we headed over to the derby to spend the Saturday to check out the swap meet, vintage show, and grass drag racing. The swap meet was modest, with 25 or so venders selling hard to find vintage parts. Arctic Cat was well represented in the swap area with a 1971 EXT Special and a 1976 250Z making an appearance. For the buyers with slightly deeper pockets than me, a Sno*Jet Thunderjet was available for sale.
We saw some exceptional vintage sled displays at the show, with many collectors and businesses focused on creating a vintage Winter "atmosphere" with their displays. I was most impressed with the display furnished by Image Enterprises, which included several popular Twister models surrounded by dealer memorabilia. Kurt Krueger of Pro Vintage Performance, Inc in River Falls brought several highly sought after Bombardier racing machines with him. Not to be outdone, Randy Springer of Wausau, WI, brought a spectacular display of Arctic Cat race sleds from a 1971 King Kat to a 1979 Sno-Pro racer. Here are some pictures of sleds at the event, starting with Randy Springer's collection of rare Arctic Cats:
1979, 1977, 1976, 1975 Arctic Cat Race Sleds
Owner: Randy Springer, Wausau, WI
1971 Arctic Cat 800cc King Kat
Owner: Randy Springer, Wausau, WI
Left: 1973 Moto-Ski SR340 Right: 1974 Ski-Doo Blizzard Clone
Owner: Kurt Krueger, River Falls, WI
There was an impressive display of Mercury snowmobiles and dealer memorabilia from Image Enterprises, a vintage snowmobile business specializing in parts for John Deere, Kawasaki, Skiroule, and Merc snowmobiles.
Left: 1970 Polaris TX 795, Owner: Les Pinz, Isle, MN
Right: 1977 Kawasaki Sno Pro, Keith Warning, Joliet, IL
There were several independent sleds making an appearance, including an extremely clean 1970 Sno-Pack and 1969 Ariens, both in exceptional condition. Here are some of the highlights of the independent sleds:
Left: 1970 Sno-Pack, Owner: Fred Stancer, Waupun, WI
Right: 1969 Ariens 300 III, Owner: Philip Bartz, Green Bay, WI
Left: 1962 Eskimotor, Owner: G.Ott, Theinsville, WI
Right: Brut Snowmobile, Owner: Unknown
Here are a few more pictures of sleds we viewed at the show, including a really neat 1972 Polaris Starfire and a 1971 Chaparral 650cc race sled, the later of which was brought by John Zboralski of Manitowoc, WI.
Left: 1972 Polaris Starfire, Owner: Unknown
Right: 1977 Canadian Moto-Ski Super Sonic, Owner: Mike Hanson
1971 Chaparral 650cc, Owner: John Zboralski, Manitowoc, WI
The swap was teaming with buyers and sellers looking to make a few vintage sled deals, and there were quite a few rare sleds for sale, including an Arctic Cat Sno-Pro sled, a 1976 250Z, a Thunderjet, and a 1971 EXT Special. For just $400, one could even buy a liquid-cooled Rupp Nitro. For buyers looking to spend $4,000, one could get their choice of a 1971 EXT or a Sno*Jet Thunderjet.
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