Record entries take part in Bogey Bash

March 6, 2015

Scott Havercroft of Greenbush, Mich., drew a lot attention when he fired up his hand built Arctic Cat Hoss Cat powered by an early 1960’s 280ci small block Chevy / Chris Craft V-6

Scott Havercroft of Greenbush, Mich., drew a lot attention when he fired up his hand built Arctic Cat Hoss Cat powered by an early 1960’s 280ci small block Chevy / Chris Craft V-6

By Steve Landon

Back in 2007 a handful of local vintage snowmobile enthusiasts got together at the Tamaracks Golf Course north of Harrison to have morning coffee and show off their treasures before hitting the trail on a vintage snowmachine ride. Just seven machines were on display back then, this year 113 beautiful vintage snowmobiles from sleek racers to common and rare trail sleds would pack the display area. From that first small gathering seven years ago, “Winter Bogey Bash” has become one of the most popular late season vintage snowmobile shows and rides in Mid Michigan.

A couple of sleek oval track race machines owned by Pat Erskine pictured along side a 1960’s and ‘70’s ski-doo trail sleds. Those old enough to remember are still amazed at how far the sport has and continues to evolve

A couple of sleek oval track race machines owned by Pat Erskine pictured along side a 1960’s and ‘70’s ski-doo trail sleds. Those old enough to remember are still amazed at how far the sport has and continues to evolve

Sponsored and hosted by Tamaracks Golf Course under the direction of creator and show director by Frank Polemitis of Harrison, “Winter Bogey Bash” 2015 drew visitors from across Michigan and from as far away as South Carolina thanks in part to sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 20’s. Perhaps figuring it was not cold enough down south this year one participant Jim Earnhart of Columbia,South Carolina traveled 805 miles to make this years event. His trip paid off as he won the award for “Furthest Traveled”.

Over 100 vintage snowmobiles took the 30 mile vintage ride to the Meredith Inn and back. Upon their return to Tamaracks riders were treated to the annual “ Crock Pot Challenge”. Show participants and interested parties were encouraged to make their favorite Crock Pot dish to share, judging of the 12 entries was done by all tasters present. This years challenge top three include; First – Cowboy Cuisine, by Tammy Harcourt – Harrison, MI, Second – Beef Stew by Paul Nelson – Royal Oak, MI, Third place went to a Potato Soup by Marilyn Tillis – Harrison, MI.

Show winners for 2014; “Best of Show” – Dave Zwack, Ortonville, MI -1972 Ski Roule RS, “Best One Lunger” – Randy McEwen, Corunna, MI -1963 Polaris Sno-Traveler, “Best Twin” -David Schark, Saginaw, MI – 1973 Arctic Cat Eltigre’ 250, “Biggest Piece of Crap” – Phil Becker, Beaver Island, MI, Oldest Rider – Chuck Ulch, Harrison, MI, and Farthest traveled – Jim Earnhart, Columbia, South Carolina (805 miles).

Thanks the generosity of this years participants $246.00 was raised for the Clare County Animal Shelter in Harrison through the voluntary show registration fee.
Plans are already in the works for the Eight Annual Winter Bogey Bash set for February 2018.

Photos by Steve Landon

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