Vintage snowmobiles fire up in Farwell

Story & Photos by
Steve Landon

The roar of snowmobile engines in July? That very question might well have been on the minds of visitors to the Farwell Lumberjack Festival July 27th. Just down the road from the festival grounds sleds were firing up at Second Annual “Sleddin’ at the Jack” Vintage Snowmobile Swap and Show.

Presented by the Bernie Blain Family of Lake, Mich., and The Farwell Flea Market , this year’s event drew collectors and snowmobile enthusiasts from across Michigan for a day of swapping, storytelling and admiring snowmobiles from a bygone era.
Over 70 vintage snowmobiles from unique racing machines to everyday trail sleds were on hand. Sno-Jet – this years featured brand was on display in mass with just about every model produced under the Sno-Jet name from 1965-1977 on hand, the most popular being the Thunderjet race sleds.

Patty Adema Senneker former Sno-Jet racer and widow of Hall of Fame Sno-Jet / Yamaha racer Jim Adema was honored for her contributions to the sport both on and off the track. Jim Adema who passed away 1975 following a racing accident was also remembered for his incredible career.

Beyond the display snowmobilers looking to restore or get their machines ready for winter searched the booths of vendors looking for deals on much needed parts.

Thanks to good weather, sponsors and hard work by volunteers the event was a total success. Plans for 2014 are already in when works when twin track snowmobiles will be the featured.

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