Sledder of the Week
Monday, 26 September 2011 14:03


VintageSledders Screenname:Yamaharis

Real Name: Mark Given

Location: Harrison, MI

Family: 2 boys, Corey and Jarod and my unbelievably tolerating wife Josette

Current sleds: '71 Chaparral Firebird

Favorite brand: Yamaha

Dream sled: gpx 433

Do you show? Swap? Race? Mostly I like to race, browsing at the swaps for spare parts

Favorite vintage snowmobile event: Marion Snowfest

How long have you been into vintage snowmobiles? always liked the old stuff no matter how it treated my lower back

When did you first get bit by the vintage bug? when I found BEVRA and wanted to get into racing

Other hobbies: camping with the family, fishing, golfing.

Random fact about you: I'm top heavy so I crash alot.

Huge Vintage Weekend on Tap!
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:13

Fall's here and the swaps, shows, and grass drags are really getting going. Here's a rundown of whats happening in the Vintage world this weekend:

Detroit Lakes Antique and Vintage Snowmobile gathering

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Twin Ports Vintage Fest Duluth MN.


Operation Vintage Pride Austin MN.



Great Southern Grass Drags Nationals  Douglas MN.




That's just a small sample of what's on the Vintage tap for this weekend... See more events in your area here:

North American Antique, Classic, and Vintage Snowmobile Events Listing Calendar


See you at the shows!!


Brainerd Snodeos Grass Drags and Swap
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:21

Sounds like another great summer sled event. For more info check out the Vintagesledders forum
See ya there...
Sledder of the Week Sept 12 -18
Monday, 12 September 2011 09:03

VintageSledders Screenname: 78lynxbabe

Real Name: Heather Leino

Location: Holyoke, MN

Family: Husband Andy (currently deployed), step-daughter Kailee, almost 5, Son Trygger, almost 4 months old

Current sleds: the only one that BELONGS to ME is the 78 lynx..but in THE garage: 71,72,73 pumas, a 71 Kat kutter, 79 jag

Favorite brand: Arctic Cat

Dream sled: 1971 arctic cat King Kat

Do you show? Swap? Race? for now we just show, but hubby wants to get into the racing side...

Favorite vintage snowmobile event: I have to say Aitkin has always been special to my heart

How long have you been into vintage snowmobiles? I've always loved old sleds, We've never had a NEW sled in the 21 years I've been alive...

When did you first get bit by the vintage bug? 2008, when I got the Lynx as my grad gift

Other hobbies: Dirt track racing, demolition derby, hunting, fishing, camping, spending time with my kids

Random fact about you: I love my soldier!! HOOAH!!


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Out of Season
Friday, 02 September 2011 08:36


Dawn penciled a long, thin strip of orange across the horizon as the line of vehicles inched forward. Sipping coffee, you've been on the road for hours, bloodshot eyes reflecting the headlights of the oncoming traffic. The heavily laden truck and trailer creep forward in a slow parade of anxious participants, all anticipating this big day.


Weeks, even months of preparation are on the line as you hope to hit the jackpot and bring home the big money. At last you reach the gate, pay the fee, and are guided to your spot. Lights shine bright in the motor homes of yesterday's arrivals; the tantalizing aroma of sausage and eggs hitting the skillet wafts through the air.


Hundreds scurry about as the sun, curious of the commotion, peeks cautiously out, then leaps into a clear blue summer sky. A huge, open field erupts into a snowmobile swap meet as dealers, collectors, and bargain hunters hustle down the rows searching for a deal.


Money and merchandise are changing hands long before the general admission gates open. Scavengers hurriedly rummage through boxes of parts being set out, hoping to uncover that coveted item, then move quickly on. Good bargains won't last long.


Complete sleds of varying condition, from old iron dogs to new models, and all years in between are bought, sold, and scrutinized. Honesty not a prerequisite, prospective buyers are assured whatever part being considered will surely fit their particular need, and all used engines run exceptionally well.


Large swaps can cover many acres, and sponsoring club’s providing trailer service to transport sleds and parts. Some allow browsers to use golf carts or ATVs for easy shopping. A family event, parents meander about, pulling wagons full of kids or pushing strollers, many with a snowmobile seat or set of pipes strapped to the back, under the watchful eye of a toddler.


Big swap meets can span a three-day period, attracting buyers and sellers from thousands of miles away. Through the haggling and the dickering, old friendships are renewed and new ones formed.


The swap itself is not always the main attraction. Snowmobile grass drags are usually the basis for the event; some featuring night races under the lights, and many offer vintage classes due to the recent surge in popularity. Antique and vintage shows and displays are highlights. Some have Kitty Kat races on the grass oval, and ATV and dirt bike exhibitions.


A carnival-like atmosphere is present, with all the frills of a State Fair midway. You can enjoy a pork chop on a stick, cheese curds or mini donuts. A quick stop at the beer tent will quench your thirst. Planes circle overhead pulling advertising banners, and air tours by helicopter are available. Freed from the confines of bulky snowsuits, snow bunnies prance in warm weather attire, leaving much less to the imagination.


Snowmobile and after-market parts manufacturers have hospitality tents displaying new sleds and products, showing videos and handing out literature. Publishers give away complimentary magazines and sell subscriptions. Clubs and organizations man booths offering memberships, trail maps, and raffle tickets. Promoters work the crowd distributing flyers for upcoming events.


Of course, there's the satellite experience. This can be somewhat disturbing for youngsters, first-timers, and the squeamish. Best to get your business done early before the long lines form.


When shadows grow long and the sun sinks low, weary swappers will pack it in, assess their gains and losses, and head for home.


Those who choose to stay are treated to a night of racing under the lights, or simply wandering from camp to camp, sharing a beverage and a tale or two. In classic snowmobiler fashion, the revelry and merriment will continue into the wee hours of the morning, much to the dismay of those wishing to get some sleep.


As dawn splashes orange upon the morning sky, the line is forming at the entrance gate. Thousands of enthusiasts again converge on the field to create a city of snowmobilers, each citizen basking in the camaraderie that bonds us all together, regardless of the season.


Reprinted with permission.
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