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Sleds Test Out the Gogebic Oval

Friday was the start of the 2011 Pro Vintage Olympus. More than100 racers brought more than 300 snowmobiles to race in the first Gogebic Pro Vintage  Olympus.

pictured above former Hurley resident and businessman Steve Ave  and his son Tony Ave. Steve is a former snowmobile racer and returned to Ironwood for this event. He is retired and living in Florida. Son Steve an Auto race car driver lives in N.C.

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The parking area for the racers and the Pit area appeared much like that of an auto race. Only this day the Pit Crews and Drivers would be working on Vintage Snowmobiles, preparing for the two days of oval racing that mark the return of snowmobile racing after a 30 year hiatus.

The atmosphere was no different then that of wheeled racing, busy, loud and the exhaust fumes all working together to pump up the flow of adrenalin. And observing the equipment, the trailers with complete shop setups, the race machines, it was obvious that this is not a cheap sport.

We were told that each entry costs $50 and some racers had several entries. The Pro Vintage Series returns 100% of the entry fees as prize money. That would indicate that more that more than $15,000 in prize money was awarded in this event.

Friday would be a day of practice and testing. We were told that the Thursday rains had actually created a perfect racing surface on the fairground oval. Everyone was very pleased with the track.

The racing would begin Saturday and conclude on Sunday, when the class competition would conclude and two featured events would take place.


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