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Vintage snowmobiles draw big crowds

Sleddin’ at the jack Show Winners: Back Row: Ed Korbinski - Loudest Sled, Best Race Sled and Peoples  Choice. Steve Landon - Best sled/combo, Jaiden Snyder & Friend - Kid Owned, Rat Sled - Cliff Sian, Kids Choice - Ron Knapp, Most original - Al & Alexa Ellish.Seated: Best of Show - Tim Bowen, Bernie Blaine - Show Co-Host. Not Pictured: Oldest Mike Siler’s 1969 Polaris, Farthest Traveled Tim Owen of Alpena, Michigan. Photo by S. Landon

Sleddin’ at the jack Show Winners: Back Row: Ed Korbinski – Loudest Sled, Best Race Sled and Peoples Choice. Steve Landon – Best sled/combo, Jaiden Snyder & Friend – Kid Owned, Rat Sled – Cliff Sian, Kids Choice – Ron Knapp, Most original – Al & Alexa Ellish.Seated: Best of Show – Tim Bowen, Bernie Blaine – Show Co-Host. Not Pictured: Oldest Mike Siler’s 1969 Polaris, Farthest Traveled Tim Owen of Alpena, Michigan.
Photo by S. Landon

By Steve Landon

A rumble of thunder and a 10 minute down pour bright and early Saturday morning July 26th didn’t stop the Third Annual “Sleddin’ at the Jack” vintage Snowmobile Swap and Show in Farwell.

Presented by the Bernie Blain Family of Lake, Mich., John Tait, Eagle Crest Homes and the Farwell Flea Market and Thrift Store, this year’s event once again drew collectors and snowmobile enthusiasts from across Michigan for a day of swapping, reminiscing and admiring sleds from simpler times.

A good selection of vintage snowmobiles ranging from a custom twin track dragster to impressive race and common trail sleds were on hand. Twin Track snowmobiles the 2014 featured machines saw many Michigan produced Raider and Manta’s on display.

Late Twin Track Legend Robert A. Bracey of Almont, Mich., designer of the Roamer, Raider, Manta and Trail Roamer snowmobiles was honored during the shows special tribute. Carol Bracey spoke fondly of her late husband and his amazing career in the motor sports industry. A special plaque was presented in Mr. Bracey’s memory in addition to the award it was announced the he will be inducted into The Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame this November. In 2013 Steve an Sherry Landon of Farwell, were given the honor of inducting Mr. Bracey into prestigious Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wisc.,

While the threat of rain kept the number of swappers and displays sleds down a bit, overall this years event was a total success. Plans are already in the works for the fourth Annual “Sleddin’ at the Jack” set for July 25, 2015 during the Farwell Lumberjack Festival.

 

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