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  1. Most motor sports have a shrine quality “Mecca” that holds annual World Championships. Daytona, Indy, have cars covered, and Vintage Snowmobile racers recognize Eagle River Wisconsin as the pinnacle of competition in their sport. This writer has had the privilege of being there with locals, Chet Hooper of Pittsburg, and his driver Spencer Landry (formerly of Pittsburg) in 2018-19, which turned out to be one great experience. Eagle River boasts a half mile, banked, dedicated track, with heated grand stands. It is a true test to the ability of man and machine in this unique sport. The World’s Championship complex exudes racing tradition going back to the beginning of the sport in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and is hallowed ground to most racers of the sport. Prior attempts to qualify for the final Championship race saw progress; the team got very close to qualifying for the final, but never quite made it. The fraternity of racers from all over the world makes this a venue that few people get a chance to experience over the three day event, covering 90 plus classes. In 2020-21, things changed with a complete re build of the Arctic Cat Mod 440 by team leader Chet Hooper of Pittsburg, and the addition of new driver from Lancaster, Lucas Nast. Lucas, in his early twenties, had been racing locally with great success, and jumped at the chance to make the trip to compete at the highest level with Chet. 2021 brought them closer to their goal with a great machine and high hopes. The event was held January 8 through the10th, 2021.Qualifications are handled on the track, solo, against the clock, going only two laps. Very few people make the cut. Participants who make the cut move on to the quarter finals, semi finals, and Last Chance Qualifiers. The ten machines lined up for the final race, with two others in the second row who get there from the LCQ compete in the final race. Lucas Nast was one of those in the front row who exhibited an amazing feat of skill and guts. Being in the top ten snowmobile racers in the world is no small accomplishment, and watching him compete online against the best was a real show. Lucas was entered in several racing classes, including the 800cc class heats with a 440cc that he came close to winning. The Final Race was staged on Sunday afternoon and was a real production, including an invocation of a local minister with words of wisdom and encouragement. The line up by the flag man was precise. The flag dropped for the start! Twelve machines all heading for turn one created quite a dramatic scene of speed, position and courage. Lucas, aboard Arctic Cat #67, fought with the best in the world and finished 10th.Tune in again next year. It should be interesting.
  2. In a time where everything seems to be going sour across the country, a story of moderate success for a 26 year old vintage racer from Lancaster is making a lot of people smile. Lucas Nast, who made the front row starting position in the final of the Vintage World Championships last year, went out on his own with building and taking on a lot of financial burdens that come with racing at Eagle River. Derby track. Squeaking through five or six rounds of qualifiers, last round, missed it by one place. Last Chance Qualifier was taking the last two sleds to start on the back row. Lucas qualified in the last spot for the 10 lap final, which found him finishing in 7th place at the end. A remarkable feat for a young independent racer.
  3. Christmas Lights 2021

    John has the power! pathfinder
  4. Christmas Lights 2021

    Seems like only yesterday that they just got turned off. Time flies! Wouldn't be the same without them! pathfinder
  5. Beginning of a new era for me....

    Beautiful sled. I'm officially jealous, Nothing like new Iron reliability. However, I'm amazed you so casually gave up the financial advantages of vintage plates, kinda like forever stamps. We will also miss the blow by blows of your meticulous maintenance of your old friends, with pics. Seriously, very happy for you. pathfinder
  6. SWAP MEET

    Probably see you there. I just got back from the Swap Meet in Bethlehem, which turned out to be pretty nice event for a first timer. Great Spot, very scenic, lot's of traffic. Phenomenal quality sleds in the Show part of the event. Surprising number of show sleds Excellent first annual event. pathfinder
  7. 90 Arctic Cat, Mountain Cat two up

    Got a nice Arctic Cat, Mountain Cat 440 fanner with working reverse. Sled has new seat cover, rebuilt chain case, cleaned carb, new fuel lines, great track (it is a long track 136}. Starts and runs very well, looks sharp and is comfortable to ride. Would be a great entry level sled or vintage rider for short money $1200. pathfinder
  8. 90 Arctic Cat, Mountain Cat two up

    Apologies to ICG, I tried to quote a post he had made and it became invisible. His comment dealt with the post about the Mountain Cat and basically said it didn't look very Mountain. My reply, " I agree it's nothing like current mountain sleds, but considering it's 31 years old, so was our perception of what a mountain sled was.. Back then a 136" track was not all that common. Riding something like this on a vintage ride puts you in a time travel situation, which is a loot of fun, and highlights how far the sport has come.
  9. SWAP MEET

    Swap meet and show Contact Information Contact Phil bell Phone: 6038692181 Location: Bethlehem, NH, Us Price: $ 0.00 More Information 1st annual vintage snowmobile show and swap event across from beech hill auto 4093 main st Bethlehem new hampshire saturday october 9 2021 at 10:00am Exhibitors and vendors arrive at 9:00 am Tweet This
  10. Snow Traveler

    Scary new sled numbers, considering my first sled, 64 Ski Doo tin cab 10 horse cost $599. would do about 35 and almost killed me twice at 15 years old... pathfinder
  11. SWAP MEET

    Tis the Season..... Swap meet and show Contact Information Contact Phil bell Phone: 6038692181 Location: Bethlehem, NH, Us Price: $ 0.00 More Information 1st annual vintage snowmobile show and swap event across from beech hill auto 4093 main st Bethlehem new hampshire saturday october 9 2021 at 10:00am Exhibitors and vendors arrive at 9:00 am
  12. Kayaking in Pittsburg

    Just below Pittsburg village is a stretch of the Connecticut River that has seen a lot of kayaks and canoes over the years. Having done this stretch with rookies hundreds of times, it was a shock to see the the current "non depth" of the river. Pics were taken yesterday afternoon, and the y tell a story no one wants to here. pathfinder
  13. Kayaking in Pittsburg

    Nice video "sky pilot". Certainly gives a different perspective on the Northern real estate. pathfinder
  14. Kayaking in Pittsburg

    All the Connecticut Lakes and Francis are very low for this time of year. I have talked to people who have kayaked East Inlet with difficulty, due to low levels. Most big rain generating storms have gone below us all summer. Personally, I had a bad experience in a small pond behind my house where I had 30 Rainbow Trout, as pets, die due to lack of oxygen, from low water flow from the mountain behind me. Walked up to feed them one day and 22 of them were doing the back stroke. Never seen a drought so bad in 25 years living here. Hope we get some substantial rain soon........ pathfinder
  15. SWAP MEET

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  16. Mint 75 Mercury Trail Twister 440

    The 75 Trail Twister is SOLD! Went to Derby Vermont! Pathfinder
  17. Mint 75 Mercury Trail Twister 440

    I have a phenomenal condition 75 Mercury Trail Twister 440 that I love, but have to sell, as I have too many sleds. Sled has perfect hood, no stress cracks, original graphics, original front and rear bumpers, seat is great. Speedo is showing 1995 miles, track is nice. Shoulder issues have made this decision necessary. Would be a great vintage rider, or with minor cleanup a show sled. Asking $ 3300 and is located in Northern New Hampshire. Thanks for looking. Have more sleds to sell if anyone out there is into Vintage. Also 25 years of vintage parts, motors, project sleds. Pathfinder
  18. Interesting story about a local guy

    Great read! I have had the pleasure of knowing several individuals that had a level of dedication that was scary. Without people like Ted Bailey our system would be a fraction of what it evolved into. I think we are up to about 7000 miles in the state and most of it is on private land, access of which is very fragile... God Bless Ted Bailey...He will be missed pathfinder
  19. Admins

    Your theory makes about as much sense as anything else Skip! Glad to see you point out the paralell. Hope this post doesn't start any international incident, although it wouldn't be the first time...LOL!!!
  20. Admins

    There has been a recent up surge in people posting "junk" from overseas and in different languages that is becoming a big problem. This morning we had about 20 posts advertising how to buy many different prescription drugs on line that were deleted as soon as they were discovered. As one of the original moderators of this site it has always been kind of boring with not much happening that required moderation of any kind. Recently starting to see a lot of stuff from Russia among others. Have no idea who or what would have much to gain about posting on a snowmobile site with crap that no one here is interested in. Another issue that is not as obvious of late, is the members joining under funky names and e mail addys, that are removed amost every morning. Apologies to all legit members for having become exposed to this stuff, before we can clean it up. We will continue to scan often and take steps to eliminate sources of this material and these phony memberships that demean the quality of our valuable site. Any comments or questions about whats going on can be posted here, or messaged to me personally. Thanks pathfinder
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  22. Spring Vintage Swap Meet

    Just noticed this on VSCA site, so looks like ea Location: cook-out Posted By: Brad Gooden Time Posted: 2021-05-30 09:09:25 Location: Landaff, NH Email: goodenplumbing@gmail.com Phone: 603-838-6383 Just wondering if any early birds at Bear Brook on Friday evening want to organize a cook-out. Steve & I will likely get there about 6 or so. Will bring a small grill for any to use. Will also bring "some" burgers & dogs. See ya there ! rly birding is a go.