Braapfest 2012...the legacy grows.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:17

It's been a pretty crappy winter across the Midwest, the snowfalls have been sparse and quickly melted away by a obviously misguided Mother Nature. Waconia managed to be help albeit with many lack of snow/ thin ice conditions. With all the subpar weather and conditions made it hard to enjoy this otherwise joyful season we know as winter. Well, luckily there's one bright spot left before spring gets here: Braapfest!


What is Braapfest? Braapfest is the brainchild of long time vintage snowmobile enthusiast Craig Crowl from Springstead Wis. Craig started this event back in 2008, the first years turnout was a good indication of things to come. Each and every year since 08, this event keeps getting bigger and better. Held at the Springstead Lake Lodge, the setting is nearly perfect. Sled races, games, and bonfires are held on the ice right outside the lodge so there's not a bad seat in the house. Several other lodges are within easy riding distance when you are looking for a change of atmosphere too.


When is Braapfest? Braapfest starts Thursday the 23 and ends Sunday the 26th of Feb 2012.


Where is Braapfest? As mentioned earlier, it's located on Springstead Lake. Address: 1065 North Springstead Road  Park Falls, WI 54552


What can I expect? Here's the schedule:

Weekend Schedule  2012

Thursday February 23th:

Ride to Lake Superior: 150 mile Braap to Lake Superior. We will leave at 10AM. Expect to be gone for 10 hours and we will be riding newer machines.

Friday February 24th:

11AM      Ride to Price County (vintage): Expect a 25 mile round trip with

lots of pit stops.

6PM       Dinner @ Chicos: Mexican food and great cocktails. Across the lake

from the Lodge.

9PM      PARTY : @ The Lodge   huge bonfire on the lake

Saturday February 25th:

7-10AM:     Breakfast : In the dining room of the Lodge.

10AM:  VINTAGE RIDE: Come ride with all the sleds. Expect a 30 mile ride

With a lunch stop of all you can eat pizza 2 The Birches Resort.

2PM:  We Ride Anything: On the lake in front of the Lodge. Drag strip, ovals,

games, and lots of fun. Food & beer served on the ice in our huge

heated tent. Loud Pipes Contest.


6PM: Dinner @ The Lodge:   Prime Rib, Shrimp, Ribs.

3PM- ?: Huge Fire on the Lake:

Outlaw Ditchrunners   LIVE 9PM-1AM

Sunday February 26th:

7am – 11am: Breakfast at the Lodge.


Here's the official flyer:



You want more info about this "can't miss" event? Check out the official thread in the Vintagesledders Forum.


Contact info for Craig Crowl, Springstead Lake Lodge: (715) 583-4403

And be sure to check out the Springstead Lake Lodge website too:


See you there!!!!!!!!!!



In remembrance of Edgar
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 12:23

The Antique Snowmobile Club of America is very proud to honor the "grandfather of snowmobiling" Edgar Hetten with this beautiful carved granite plaque. The plaque depicts the man and machine, in historic setting right after Edgar's 1960 trip across Alaska. This project was headed up by Gary Koska, of Cold Spring Mn. What a wonderful tribute to a man who changed winters for many of us.Thank you.



Here's the story in Gary's words:

I'm from Cold Spring, Minn., and a member of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA).

I first met Edgar in 1975 at the Dayco Spectacular oval race in Alexandria, Minn. I had bought a new Arctic Cat 440 Z and decided I was going to be a racer.

When I arrived in Alexandria with my new Z, it only had 2.8 miles on it. And when it was my turn to take to the track, I shot off the first turn and did a few flips.

As I sheepishly made my way back to the pits, I was met by this stately older gentleman who said to me, "Looks like you didn't come to prepared!" This older gent was Edgar, of course.

We talked for a long time, and I ended up with an invitation to Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, for a job interview in the computer area. Well, that opportunity didn’t work out and, six months later, I was a truck driver in Alaska

But, from that date on, Edgar always knew my name whenever our paths crossed, and I always enjoyed his company. He was one of the Guys.

That’s my Edgar Story, and what made me want to do something special for him after his passing last February.

So several months ago, I started the ball rolling on getting a tribute for Edgar Hetteen, founder of Arctic Cat and Polaris. It's a 15 x 18-in. block of Labrador Green granite from Brazil, then processed by a local granite counter shop.

A friend of mine, Ron Dietman, who owns Free Bird Monuments in Kimball, Minn., did the fantastic etching on the stone. Tom Anderson from the World Snowmobile Museum in Eagle River, Wis., has reserved space for the Edgar Tribute, as well as a similar stone in the making for Bud Wieman, one of the founders of the ASCOA.

We ALL miss Edgar, and I particularly miss my monthly trips to Grand Rapids, Minn., to give him his "secret stash" of burnt peanuts.

For more information about the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, please visit their website:

Scorpion Homecoming 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:17

Just eight years ago, the Harrison family had a dream. Let's host a Scorpion reunion, a "Homecoming" of sorts. Like the old saying goes,"if you build it they will come", Scorpion enthusiasts came from all over to attend the inaugural event. The small town home of the Scorpion was buzzing with men and their machines.


This years event promises to be a great one, the feature sled will be the TKs of 1979-1981 . Stop out for the day, take in the trail ride around Serpent lake, and meet some of the nicest people in the hobby. The Harrison's also host an open house at the Scorpion museum after the show. Make plans to attend if you can, the museum houses a wonderful display of Scorpion/Trail-A-Sled history. Show starts 10a.m. in Crosby Memorial Park, Crosby Mn. Feb.4 2012.

For more information on this event, Please check out the Trail-a-Sled website.

Mid-West Ride In WACONIA!
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:21


This weekend is the Waconia ride in 2012. This annual event draws more then 5000 entrants and spectators each year. The agenda for thew weekend is guaranteed to have something for every vintage snowmobile enthusiast.

Event schedule is as follows:

  • Featured sled: CHAPARRAL
  • Friday evening: Pre-show gathering at nearby Island View Golf Course   7-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 mile vintage ride
  • Saturday: Side-by-side drag racing on ice
  • Saturday: Swap meet all day
  • Saturday: night banquet
  • Sunday: World's biggest vintage judged show
  • Sunday: ORA oval racing on ice, including twin-trackers
  • Sunday: LOUD snowmobile contest for both tuned pipes & megaphones


If you have never been to Waconia, it's the biggest vintage snowmobile event on the planet, a virtual carnival on snow. Make plans now to attend, you'll be glad you did!


More event info can be found at the website :


There is also an official Waconia thread in the Forum




Eagle River Vintage Weekend
Friday, 13 January 2012 06:44

Forget figure skating or hockey, it's time for the greatest show on ice: The Eagle River Vintage Racing Weekend!


Hundreds of hard working racers will pit their machines against each other and the famed Eagle River track. Racing at Eagle River is the ultimate goal , with the World Championship Being the ultimate prize. This will be the last year for the 800cc machine to vie for the cup as next years WC will have a 440 cc limit. Make plans to attend all the action this weekend, you'll be glad you did!


For more detailed info about the derby please visit :


Want to learn more about the history of this fabled track? Check out this thread on the forum

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