It's been a few years since vintage snowmobiles have raced across the ice of Big Detroit Lake, but for fans of the sport, there's good news: The One Lunger is back! For the past several years, the event has been held in Brainerd, but the popular endurance race for single-cylinder snowmobiles of s vintage or older will once again be held on the ice in front of Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn come Saturday, Jan. The second part of the name comes from the fact that the racers compete to be the first to complete miles on the Le Mans-style course. It's all about battling the elements and making your sled last for miles. Because these are vintage vehicles, that's rarely as easy as it sounds, he added, noting that if there are sleds at the start of the race, there will maybe be 40 that finish. There will be four different categories of sleds racing in the competition, he added: Stock Relic, Stock HR, Stock HD, and new this year, the Stock Enticer class, which is for slightly newer sleds.
News December 29, A vintage snowmobile is defined as a model year of or older with a leaf spring, and a classic is defined as or older with an independent front suspension. Event rules, available at xmr-racing. Additional requirements are helmets, TekVest, shin guards and race boots for all competitors, with no exceptions.
Vintage snowmobiling is hot — and vintage racing is even hotter. Need more proof? The frugality of vintage racing is a refreshing break from what snowmobile racing has become, a high-dollar sport that takes a hefty bank loan to finance. Vintage racing is just as fun while harboring a fraction of the risk and if you crave speed it just might be your cheap fix. The El Tigre was introduced in and was meant to be a trail performance sled and weekend racer much like the ZR would be in later years.
I was just an year-old kid back in , when witnessing my first snowmobile race here in Lancaster, NH. They were competing on machines, originally designed for trapping, with engines delivering little more than 7 HP, and the winner receiving a two-dollar trophy. But in a scant ten years, snowmobile racing went from barnyard, to big time. Those only in it for fun were soon weeded out and sent back home to their day jobs. The cream that was left rose to the top and they emerged as professional racers in a brand-new sport.