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Well another CSM Summer Show has come and gone. This years event was again held in Cold Spring Mn on Sat. July 27th. We where happy to again be a part of Cold Springs annual summer festival "HomeTown Pride Days". Even with unseasonably cool temperatures in the 60's we had a good turn out.
For those who have never been to one of our summer events we hold them in conjunction with the car and tractor show. Our show as well as the swap is free! We had trophies in trail original and restored, race original and restored and best of show. There was also 2014 Rally t-shirts for sale.
This years best of show went to Greg Miller with a really nice 1970 Rupp 440 Magnum which was pulled behind a show car! Nice job Greg. Next years event will again be in Cold Spring the last Sat. in July. Hope to see you there.
Join us July27th for our Summer Show!
We will have a free swap, clothing for sale and other goodies. Look for the car show signs we will be next to the show car field. Its all free! Come out and have god time.
Well its almost time for the Annual CSM Summer Show. This years show will again be held in Cold Spring MN. The date is July 27th. Show starts at 8 AM and we will again be part of Cold Springs annual summer festival "Hometown Pride Days" In addition to the show there will be a car show, tractors, a free swap and more. This is a free event with trophies in Trail and Race classes as well as a large "best of show" trophy. Come out and have a good time. We will also be selling our 2014 Rally T-shirts.
Speaking of the Rally the date is set for 2014 It will be Feb 8th and again it will be at the "Landing Bar" in St Anna. We will have dash plaques, a winners circle, trophies, clothing for sale and more! This years feature will be "Race" sleds. We will also be doing the "premium class" again this year and will be using the National Judging Guidelines for awards. Entry fee is $8.00 which includes unlimited sled registration and swap. Bring your friends.
Last but not least we are always looking for interesting idea's for the web site. If you have a show sled, interesting story, or maybe a restoration or project you are working on send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature it on the site.
To join Classic Sno Machines email email@example.com Includes is a bi annual newsletter, discounts on clothing and more. Cost is $15.00 per year.
Jordan Johnson #21
As I am sitting down getting ready to type up our race recap there is a very powerful emotion that has taken over.
I hope when I am finished with the recap you will understand why there is this great emotion. Jordan Johnson racing traveled to the “Main Event” for “The race for the International Hetteen Cup”. This race is in honor and memory of the late Edgar Hetteen, the Father of Snowmobiling!
This race and event, is as meaningful to our race program as the World Championships! Prior to going into the weekend Jordan and I continued to do significant testing (20 hrs) in attempt to make our race sleds better. So as we unloaded our race sleds there was excitement and anxiousness within our trailer. Here is were it becomes really fun!
In the 340 Liquid super stock class there was a total of 16 race sleds signed up. So in the heat race Jordan was able to put our 340 Yamaha SRX in the lead and stayed there until the checkered flag flew. Then in the final, we lined up against some of the toughest race sleds and drivers in the midwest. as the field launched off the line, Jordan was in 5th place somehow finding a line that worked for him coming out of corner four, Jordan gained the lead and never turned back taking the win.
In the next race for the cup we ran our 440 Yamaha SRX in the 440 liquid super stock class, competing against 9 sleds including the 2013 world champion as well as the 2011 World Champion. Our goal was to be in the top three. In the last 3 years of racing I have never felt this much emotion and excitement at a race as I did in this race. Jordan shot our SRX into the lead going into corner one and battled, and I mean battled the 2013 champion for three laps to take the checkered flag and the win!
Getting back to the trailer to meet Jordan I was so over whelmed with emotions all I could do was give my Jordan a huge hug!! After that emotional win we needed to regroup to go out and race in the biggest class of the entire event. 17 sleds signed up for the 340 liquid /440 fan combo class. Just in this class there was a total of three 2013 World Champions. Can you say incredibly tough competition?
Short and sweet recap Jordan raced our 340 SRX as hard as I have seen him drive all season! In doing so Jordan captured the win to really put our race team in the hunt for the overall chase for the cup! In our last race of the day Jordan once again needed to do battle with our 440 SRX against the 2013 champion. I would have never thought in our wildest dream Jordan would be able to beat him two times in one day, but you guessed it Jordan continued his chase for the cup by winning the Open Super Stock class.
As the awards ceremony began, the top drivers began to collect their awards, so did the pressure of who was going to be crowned the 2013 Hetteen Cup Champion! The director of the event (Paul Hitchcock) captured the entire ballroom's attention by stating “And the winner of the 2013 Hetteen Cup Champion is...” then a long pause and I mean long pause he said “ #21J, Jordan Johnson!"
Once again I became so over whelmed with emotions I could hardly breath. To be able to experience that moment with our entire family was a memory that we will never, ever forget!!! Jordan Johnson racing is Blessed to have been given the chance to race the for the Hetteen Cup and to be able experience the event with our entire racing family!!! Next race recap will be our annual year end fun facts! Have a Blessed Day!!!
Dan/Jordan Johnson Racing #21J!!
The 2013 Rally was held Feb 9th 2013 and was a huge success! Great weather and just enough snow made for a great day. The year 1970 was the feature with a number of very nice sleds and people dressed in period correct cloths. We are still crunching the numbers but it looks like close to 400 people in attendance and almost 200 show sleds. Thanks to everyone who attended and look for more pictures and updates to follow!
Here is the agenda for Rally Day Feb 9th 2013:
Remember we will have silent auction going all day. Food and drink available. Games, clothing for sale and more! The address if you want to google it is:
"The Landing Bar"
18527 Cty Rd 154
Contact Allen with any questions 320-761-9874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 21st Annual Classic SnoMachines Rally will again be in St Anna Mn on Feb 9th 2013 This years feature will be a little different as we will be doing the year 1970 instead of doing a praticular manufacturer or machine. We will also have an award for the "best dressed" May looking something like this...Groovy!
If you have not heard yet Jeffery Schutz 30 years old of Rockville Mn was killed early Sunday morning. Jeff was a avid vintage sled owner and collector as well as a member of Classic Sno-Machines. Are prayers go out to his family on a life cut far to short by a senseless act of violence. Rest in peace Jeff.Your friends at Classic Sno-Machines
As I write this they have already had ridable snow "up north" and central Mn temps are still in the 60's. I personally missed swap meets in Princeton, Hay Daze and Elk River this year, what the hell? Is my job cutting into my "sled time?"
Is it just me or are there a LOT of Polaris's for sale on the internet lately? Seems like the vintage sled market is still pretty soft. Now is a great time to buy that machine you always wanted! I need to get going on my projects. I have two motors to rebuild and a couple of sleds to finish.
I wish I would have taken more shop classes and less Phys-Ed classes. Basketball and softball where fun but doesn't help me rebuild a motor now. On the other hand I did once score 26 points in a intramural basketball game and hit 3 home-runs in one softball game.
Saw a 1980 Arctic Cat Sno-Pro for sale. No price listed.Would probably have to sell one of the kids and the family dog to afford that one....there are days that doesn't sound bad. Need to make it to more shows this year. Have to bring some sleds to Waconia. Started working on the "over restored" class for the National Judging Guidelines. The class will be called "premium" sounds better than ""Trailer Queen"
Stop reading this and get back to work!
Classic Sno Machines
First Place 1974 Harley Davidson - Randy Andrews
2nd place Kawasaki Interceptor- Greg Rotenhaus
Vintage Trail Restored
First Place 1972 John Deere- Rod Traut
2nd place 1971 Rupp Sprint - Scott Lafkin
First Place 1977 SkiDoo Blizzard- Randy and theresa Holland
2nd place 1971 Starcraft 740 Eliminator- Allen Theisen
First Place 1972 Sno*jet Thunderjet - Denny Schindler
2nd place 1978 Polaris TXL- Dave Hemmrick
Best sled selected by the car club
1969 Sno*jet- Jeff Theisen
Best of Show
1976 SkiRoule Laser - Ken Janssen
It that time again for the annual CSM Summer Show and Swap. This years event will be again held in Cold Spring Mn on Sat. July 28th. There will be a show and free swap along with a car show and other fun events. Held in conjuction with the Cold Spring "Hometown pride days" and co-hosted with the Cold Spring Street Rodders car club. This is a free show and swap with trophies awarded in trail and race classes as well as a huge "best of show" trophy.
The event starts at 7AM with awardes to be handed out at 2PM You never know what will show up from an all original race sled to perfectly restored show sleds to riders. There is something for everyone. So please make plans to be in Cold Spring on July 28th and tell your vintage buddies!
For more information email email@example.com
CSM 2013 rally clothing is done and for sale. We have sweatshirts, hoodies, long sleeve t's and these really cool white t-shirts. 2013 Rally clothing will feature a 1970 Moto-Ski SM and a Ski-Doo "Black Dot" inside a "GROOVY" peace sign. The feature will be the model year 1970 Please see a CSM member to purchase clothing or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Well it's official, I am finally the owner of a 1971 Starcraft 740 Eliminator. I have been looking for one of these since 2008 when I purchased my 1st Starcraft. The 740 is considered the "holy grail" of Starcrafts. It's the top of the Eliminator lineup, the race version of the Starcraft line. It sports an 18" wide chassis, free air hood with short windshield,dual Tillotson HD carbs and of course the 740 Sach's free air motor. The motor is actually a 744 rated at 60 HP!
The sled is all original right down to the torn seat and rusted out exhaust. The plan is to not restore it but get it running and keep it all original. I know I know I am a Arctic Cat guy but the chance to own a "big block " race sled was to hard to resist.
So if you see a yellow and black streak roar by you on the trail it isn't a SkiDoo it's a Cat guy on a Starcraft!Allen Theisen
The attached photos show the 1973 Spartan trailer I just finished restoring. It has been in the extended family since new. The entire trailer was pretty rough and pitted so I decided instead of paint to have the thing shot in bed liner. Although not original it should hold up better than paint. The center was originally just black painted plywood. Of course it was completely rotten so it was replaced with 3/4" sanded plywood and stained a light pecan color. New wheels, wiring, ball coupler and lights finished the project.
Why would anyone restore an almost 40 year old trailer? Well like I mentioned earlier it has been in the family since new. Flash back to the winter of 1973 My uncle Arnie was a young carpet salesman in the Twin Cities and a pretty good salesman at that. In fact he was so good he won 1st place in a sales contest! The prize? A brand new Arctic Cat Panther and trailer! Well uncle Arnie lived in the Cities and had nowhere to ride his new pride and joy so he trailered it to our farm. We couldn't believe it. An Arctic Cat! We had snowmobiles (a 69 Scorpion and 70 Ski-Doo) but this was a CAT! The Cadillac of snowmobiles! At least that's what I thought. My brother thinks differently! The black paint, leopard seat, this was a real machine not a yellow 399 or single cylinder product made in Crosby but a CAT! I remember thinking someday I will own one of those. But that's another story.
I have many memories of my uncle and his prize. Running over one of my cats (the animal not another sled) almost decapitating my cousin when Arnie ducted under a barbwire fence and my cousin didn't and my favorite one. Running into the willow tree in front of our house.
Unfortunately the sled is long gone but for some reason Arnie kept the trailer. In 1991 he sold it to my brother Jerry used it for a few years before it ended up "behind the barn" This spring while doing some clean up we stumbled across it. Jerry said "unless you want to do something with it, it's going to scrap" Well I just couldn't let that happen.So the finished product is what you see here. Would look a lot nicer with the original Cat on it but I think I can come up with something.
As you can see from the picture we had a awesome Scorpion turn out for the 2012 Rally. 47 Scorpions in the feature class! Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thanks to the Harrison family (the founders of Scorpion) for attending and bringing all the sleds and memorabilia.
Next year the feature will be the model year 1970 Should be a groovy time!
We will have a indoor display of many historic Scorpions and tons of memrobilia. Also there will be a silent auction and a free swap meet. Food and beverages to be purchased from the bar and lots of CSM clothing for sale.
Contact Allen at email@example.com for details or call 320-761-9874
Well I am trying hard to get my next project done but have hit a few road blocks. Still its a great time of year to work on a sled since we don't have any snow! My hope was to have it done by rally time but it looks like it won't happen. But you know what let's do this. Guess what sled I am working on from the picture and win a CSM t-shirt!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the make and year of my sled. Its that simple, maybe. Good luck and send your guess today.
Check out the artwork for the clothing for this years rally! We have t-shirts, long sleeve t's, sweatshirts and hoodies in both black and gray. mail me for details email@example.com and we can ship out next day. Remember the date for the rally is Feb 11th. The feature is Scorpion.
They say the 1st time is the best and I think that goes for vintage sleds too! On a recent trip to my storage facility I decided to take a look a a few of my sleds that have been exiled. By this I mean most of my restored machines stay in my shop at home but because of space issues some of the projects and "lesser" sleds end up at storage. Not that they are bad or junk just tend to be less valuable or are sleds I have had for a while. After shuffling through some original sleds and a few projects/tunnels I came across the 1st vintage sled I ever owned, a 1968 Arctic Cat Panther.
Now I have had this sled since 1996 and gave it a "full" restoration in 1997 After looking it over I decided it had to return home with me for further inspection. On the way home my thoughts drifted back to 1996 and how I came about this prized machine ...
A friend of my from Virginia Mn was telling me about a old Arctic Cat his buddy had back home. He actually had a Polaroid picture of it he handed to me. Remember its 1996 and there is no e-mail much less a cell phone camera picture. "not bad" I said and asked what he wanted for it. Not sure but I will find out was the response. Well it just so happens we had a ice fishing trip planned that winter and where going to be in Virginia about 15 miles from the sled. After a weekend of fishing and enjoying all that Virginia had to offer, not to mention the 25 degrees below zero nights on Sunday I was ready to head home.
That morning I received a call "do you still want the sled" the northerner asked. I tried to shake out the cobwebs and said sure how about $100? He laughed and said $250 My reply was "there isn't a 68 on the planet worth $250!" Again remember its 1996 and I was just getting into the hobby. Besides I had blown all my money "fishing" He hung up and I thought it was over.
After falling back asleep I was again woke up from my slumber by the telephone. "$100 come and get it!" said the angry Iron ranger. Deal except a couple of issues. I didn't have a $100 and didn't have a way to get it home. Well my buddy's must have felt sorry for me or owed me money because they volunteered to lend me the $100 and pick it up and haul it back home for me. All the way home I was trying to figure out how to explain it to the better half that I had purchased a 28 year old snowmachine. "I saw a picture of it, its awesome" I told here and raced outside as my buddies pulled into the driveway.
As they pulled up I thought my wife was going to cut my mullet off, again 1996 The back of the truck was stacked with fish houses, fishing buckets , empty beer cases and boxes of what was my Panther. I sure didn't look like the picture! the motor was out, there wasn't a seat and one side of the hood was damaged. "See you later" they said as they pulled away and left me to face my bride alone. "I can fix it" I said and wondered how.
Not knowing anything about restoring a sled I jumped in. 1st it needed the hood painted. One stop at the local paint shop took care of that. That was easy. The decals where a little tougher. In 1996 you couldn't just jump on the Internet and find people selling arctic decals. I had to have them made. Actually it wasn't to bad and not real expensive. Now it needed a seat. A quick stop at the local upholstery shop was in order. They showed me an entire bolt of yellow leopard NOS material and said they could make one for $200 At that time it seemed like a lot but I did it and it is still beautiful to this day! (side note wouldn't you just love to have that bolt of NOS material!)
All that was left was to polish the tunnel and get the motor running. A little steel wool and the tunnel clean up nice , well for a 1997 restoration. I did have a question on the steering column. It had been welded like so many early cat and looked bad. I asked my brother if he had any ideas and he said I could get it re chromed. "Re chromed?" I said "who would do that?" All the motor needed was a carb kit and ran fine. It was almost time for the inaugural drive.
The night before the 5TH Annual CSM Rally we put the finishing touches on it and opened the garage door to give it a test run. Upon hitting the throttle ALL the 29 year old drive sprocket teeth sheared off! You have got to be kidding me! Well after a quick trip to a local Arctic Cat collector and a hour of wrenching we had a good used drive back in it. The next day we went on the ride and the old 68 performed flawlessly. As it did again the next year and a few rides after that. But with the passing of time it got pushed to the back burner as other sleds and restorations took up my time. I did restore a few thing on it over the years but essentially forgot about it.>
Fast forward to to Nov 2011 Back at my shop in Cold Spring. I dumped out the gas from the suitcase tank and filled it back up with fresh $3.49 gas and turned the key to start. One pull of the recoil and the old Hirth 300 fired right up! The seat still looks awesome and I never did rechrome that steering column.
I have more expensive sleds, faster sleds, and for sure better restored sleds but it tough to beat that 1st sled. Just for a moment it was 1996 all over again.
Do you have a nice blue Whip? or maybe a red metal flake Super Stinger? Or even and old school black and red bubble nose MarkII? If so we are looking for you.
We need sleds for the 2012 Classic Sno-Machine Rally. The feature will be Scorpion and we need sleds for the show field and display inside the bar. It doesn't need to be a 100 point show sled. All are welcome! We will have feature sleds trophies in both the original and restored classes.
In 2010 we had a very strong feature class with Brut/Skiroule and would like to "top it" in 2012 If you have a machine you would like to have considered for the inside display please email me pictures and maybe tell me a little about the sled and we will see what we can do. Remember we do have limited space inside.
What we would be looking for would be a really nice original or maybe a very nice restoration of an unusual sled. Also we may be looking for a machine with an interesting history or race pedigree. What do you have?
Remember the date for the Rally in Saturday Feb. 12th 2012 in St Anna Mn.
Well another summer show has come and gone. On Saturday July 30th we had our 12th Annual CSM Summer Show. Can it be possible it been 12 years already? We had great weather and a nice turn out. The show was held in conjunction with Cold Spring Hometown Pride days. We shared the the show field with the CS Street Machines. It was fun to see our sleds next to the awesome cars at the show. It was a little something for everyone.
We had everything from a nice original Columbia to a semi restored Panther/EXT to original I-500 race sleds to a fully restored Panther "MOD".
Best of show went to a local Cold Spring enthusiast Ben Neu with his beautifully restored 1979 Polaris. Very well deserved. Ben does all his own work and is into cars and trucks as well as painting for a living.
So mark your calandars for the last Saturday in July 2012 for the 13th annual Summer Show.
Other trophy winners:
Well its been 11 years since the 1st Summer Show in Cold Spring - way back in 2000!
Back then we started with 12 sleds and a reason to get together in the "off season". The 1st few years we where next to the Legion in downtown Cold Spring. The show slowly grew and in 2005 we moved behind the Brewery on the back street. Not a bad location but we where always looking for more.
Fast forward to 2007 and we moved yet again to our current location next to the creek just off the car show location. This is really a perfect location. Lots of room for show sleds, plenty of space for swappers and right next to all those show cars! This year will be no different. Plenty of space to spread out, next to the car show and lots of trailer and swap space.
Remember this is a free show and swap. No charge for anything! Trophies will be awarded in 4 classes as well as best of show. We like to think of it as a pretty laid back show. Come out look at some sleds and have a good time!
Best of all its all Free!
Contact Allen with any questions: (320) 68-9874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
That can be a very difficult question. It seems like every show you go to there are different ways to judge the sleds. Some good some not so good. I think most of us can tell you about going to a show where the people putting it on seem to have no idea how to get the machines judged. That got us at Classic Sno-Machines thinking "why aren't there some kind of guidelines for judging sleds?"
Good question, well the easy answer is because no one has done it.
To my knowledge there isn't a club or organization who has attempted such a thing. Most people will tell you there is a need as just as fast tell you they want NOTHING to do with it! They either don't want the headaches or in some cases don't want to effect for there customers or clients. Makes sense. Well we at CSM don't have customers or clients so what the heck lets give it a shot!
It all started about three years ago at a CSM monthly meeting (yes we have monthly meeting) we where discussing another rally and making the regular plans when someone mentioned there frustration with judging at other events. We also in the past have had some sled owners complain about our judging. You know the same old lines, "my sled is better than x" , "the same sleds win each year" and my personal favorite; "they must be a friend of the judges!". Well we took a good hard look at the way we judged our sleds and decided we where not much better than anyone else. We needed to change. So we took about 3 meetings and came up with a 100 point system for judging sleds. Even with our small group there was a lot of debate and it was a very lengthy process. But we feel it is a very fair system. We finished right before the 4th National VSCA show in May of 2009.
We attend the show and where asked to help with the judging. We of course where glad to help and wanted to try out the new scoring system. In the prejudging meeting I explained how to use the system and answered a few questions. From there on out it was up to the judges. The process went very well and we received a lot of positive feedback on how it made thing more fair and was easy to use. To be honest there was a few people who didn't like it but for the most part it was well received.
Well that got us thinking about the classes. What if you went to football game and every game was played with different rules? How would the fans know what was going on? More importantly how could the players play with the rules consistently changing? We decided to take a look at the commonly used rules from other shows and try to make sense out of it. Well that really didn't work. There isn't anything out there in writing and when asked most people putting on shows don't really know how to answer the judging question.
On a personal note I was laid off in 2009 so I had plenty of time on my hands to try to come up with something that would be fair to everyone. My Idea was to go to people in the Vintage snowmobile industry and get them to help me put some rules together. I wanted people from all over the country. Large collectors, small collectors, average Joes, people with magazines and websites, people you would know and some you wouldn't. To my surprise no one really wanted anything to do with it! Why? we all agreed there was a need. But for various reasons nobody wanted to get involved. After much discussion most people where convinced to come on board as long as I didn't use there names. I guess I don't blame them.
Because of the logistics I decided to do most of the work via email. Which worked pretty well. There where also phone calls and some face to face meeting. The basic process was I would send out a rough outline of a class and wait for the emails to pour in. And did they pour in! The replies where awesome. Sometimes they where just "looks good" "perfect lets move on" sometimes they where "what the hell where you thinking?". The best part was to get started I was calling them "rules" and more than one person told me you can't call then rules. So guidelines they are! More emails where sent out. Things where discussed, massaged and finalized.
Well after almost 3 years attached is the finished product. Is it perfect? No. But at least it is an attempt to get everyone to play by the same rules. Can we make people use it? Of course not! But if we can make it easier to judge a show wouldn't you be interested?
Now the hard part...to convince shows to use it!
Please send any and all feedback to me, Allen Theisen
Here is a picture of the 2011 Rally best of show winner. Brett Buaers Chaparral Racer. A undeliverable beautifully restored and very rare sled. Congratulations Brett! Remember next years feature will be Scorpion.
Well the 2011 Rally is over hope you had a great time. If you where not able to make it we still have a few leftover clothing items for sale at great prices.
T-shirts $10.00 Regularly $15.00
Sweatshirts $20.00 regularly $25.00
Both feature the 2011 rally Chaparral artwork on the front and our CSM logo on the back.
Please call 320-685-9874 or email email@example.com to place an order
Lot's of you have been asking so here is the agenda for for the Rally on Saturday Feb 12th!
9:00am Show Starts (you can be there earlier!)
10:00am Ride ( around the lake and more)
11:00am Judging begins
1:00pm Judging completed
We will be having lot's of things going on all day. Swap in the parking lot, silent auction inside , clothing food and drink and more inside the Bar.
With any other questions call 320-685-9874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 4th, 5th and 6th, in Ogilvie, Minnesota, Vintagesleds.com will have the 10th anniversary ride, race, show and swap on the grounds of the Ogilvie race track. We'll be there to help with the show portion of the event, and would like to invite everyone to come on down.
Friday night at the track features a "meet & greet" at the race track, and vintage racing under the lights as part of the 3 race Wahl Brothers challenge.
Saturday is the big vintage sled show, with a special prize going to a single machine that best represents the vintage sled hobby over the last 10 years.
Show participants will get a dash plaque, and trophies will be awarded Saturday night at the banquet for first and second place winners. Racing will take place all day Saturday, and the big banquet will take place on Saturday night at the nearby Fish Lake Lodge. Sunday is a ride that winds up at the racetrack for another day of racing.
For more information or to register, please visit the VintageSleds.com 10th anniversary page.
The next version of the newsletter will be coming out if the next few days. On the cover a very interesting sled, can you name it? It was at the Summer show and took home "best of show" See our newsletter for details. Also there is a article about our new judging guidelines. I would love to hear your input. Remember we are always looking for interesting pictures and articles. Please send to me at email@example.com
Well there are a lot of interesting things going on in next few weeks and months for CSM. 1st of all we have snow! Not enough to ride but its a good start.
Next we have a newsletter due out in the next few weeks. Lots of content and some really interesting stuff. I really think it will be the best one yet. In the newsletter there will be the final draft of the almost 3 year long project to come up with a standardized set of judging guidelines. Check them out and please provide any feedback you have. I worked long and hard and with many people you would probably know( and some who don't want me to use there names!) to come up with a fair set of rules for show promoters and people showing sleds.
The idea was not to force people to use these guidelines, that would be impossible. But to provide a clear and well thought out standard set of rules that would be the same from show to show. This should make it easier to put on a show and let the people showing sleds know what classes they fit into BEFORE the show.
Speaking of judging CSM as been asked to do the judging and work the show for the 10 year Vintagesleds.com race, show and swap. The event will take place in Ogilvie Mn on the weekend of Feb 4-6 This should be an awesome event that pretty much any vintage sled head can find something that interest them. Be it racing,show or swap.
Last but not least there is the 19th Annual Classic Sno-Machines Rally in St Anna Mn on Feb 12th. We will have a ride, swap and show. This years feature is Chaparrel. We are working on some really nice Chappy stuff for on stage inside the Bar as well as a silent auction, maybe a live auction and much more. We also have clothing available for sale just contact me and I can "hook you up"!
Well back to work there is a lot to do!
Well it is hard to believe but it has been two years since or last elections.Lets face it not the best unpaid jobs in the world but someone has to do it! So here are you officers for the next two years.
Congratulation and good luck!
Well the pictures have been up for a few days now showing just a part of what was our annual Summer Show. Great weather made for a really enjoyable day. We saw a lot of new sleds this year and some really different stuff. What are the odds of not one but two Columbia Track Master sleds? Both where original unrestored machines. Very rare indeed!
The swap also continues to grow every year. It free and a great way to move some of those parts you don't need or find that part you do. Next year we are hoping for a even bigger turn out as we have a very large area we can use to swap and for trailer parking.
This years "best of show" went to Daniel Eke with a beautiful and incredibly rare 1969 Innovar Snocoupe. Look for more information on this sled in future newsletters as we plan to feature it. There is a really good back story to this machine.
Speaking of the newsletter I think most people are aware we have switched from four to two newsletters a year. The reasons are a) to get them out on time and b) to have way more content in each one. I think it will be a good change.
Last but not least we sold a "ton" of clothing at the summer show. New , old it didn't matter it was selling fast. We still have a few pieces from last year with the Skiroule and Brut on them and the new 2011 with the Chaparral on the front. Also in limited supply a few specialty shirts but you have to email me about those. Its kind of a secret! Now back to getting ready for the 2011 Rally!
This weekend Saturday July 31th we will be having our 11 annual Classic Sno-Machines Summer Show. It will be held in Cold Spring Mn down town behind the middle school. The show is held in conjuction with the car show and part of Cold Springs annual Home Town Pride days. Trophies in 4 classes as well as best of show, free swap and admission, clothing for sale, a flea market and much more. Did I mention its free? Just follow the signes for the car show and you are there! Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 320-685-9874.
See you there, Allen Theisen
The following is my all time top ten list and the reasons why. Some of the sleds I already own and others I hope to. Some may be out of reach but you never know. So here we go-
With there sinister good looks, undisputed racing heritage and limited availability the 1969 Mod Panther is my all-time # 1 sled.
Why is it easier to stay motivated and restore a sled in the summer instead of winter? Right now is the best time in years to purchase a vintage sled. There are great deals where ever you look. Still working on the "judging guidelines" turns out it's a LOT MORE work than I had originally thought. If everyone hates e-bay so much why does everyone use it? Summer show in Cold Spring July 31 Come out and have a good time. It's free! Just got the new VSCA magazine, great coverage of CSM Thanks Mike. Still need a motor plate for my 1969 Panther. Winter is less than 6 months away. Why is it everyone wants a Puma but you can't give away a Cheetah? Next CSM meeting at my house July 26, free beer! Confirmed a 1972 Panther 440 for sale in St Joe.....hope you are sitting down $1200 I heard it is really nice but lets face it there isn't a 72 Panther on the planet worth $1200! I have a really nice one and paid $350 for it. Old doesn't always equal valuable. Why is easier to write when you drink a glass of wine? Well that's enough for one night and my glass is empty.Allen Theisen
The 18th Annual Classic Sno Machines Rally was a tremendous success! Perfect weather and a huge turn out in the feature class made for a great show.I have never seen that many Brut's and Skiroules in one place. Everything from plain old bubble hoods to RTX's to a cross country Brut and of course the 1970 RT 800! There where also many other beautiful sleds as well as a lot of cutter type pull behinds a may need to have there own class next year. Best of show went to Dan Schuneman with a beautiful 1964 Arctic Cat 140D. Attached is the list of winners. Next years feature was announced at the end of the awards and will be Chaparral for 2011.
1st place Al Bruggenthies 1970 SkiDoo Blizzard
2nd Richard Harrison 1977 Scorpion Rat
1st place Russ Poeatchnik 1976 Polaris Colt
2nd place Jeff Schuneman 1970 SkiDoo Elan 75-80
1st place Cliff Kittelson 1980 Scorpion Whip
2nd place Peter Merten 1978 Arctic Cat Pantera 75-80
1st place Chase Kieke 1980 SkiDoo
2nd Place Mark Chuba 1977 Scorpion Bullwhip
1st Place Jeff Schuneman 1972 SkiDoo Nordic
2nd Al Bruggenthies 1972 SkiDoo Nordic
1st Place Rod Traut 1972 John Deere
2nd Place Tom Schultz 1973 Rupp Nitro
1st Place Tony Erickson 1968 Rupp Sno Sport
2nd Place Richard Harrison 1971 Scorpion
1st Place Jeff Theisen 1969 Sno-Jet
2nd Place Deb Harrison 1970 Scorpion Super Stinger
1st Place Rich Hansen 1964 Polaris Comet
2nd place Mark Kremer 1967 Polaris Colt
1st Place Dan Schuneman 1964 Arctic Cat 140d
2nd Place Lee Pirainen 1963 Scorpion
1st Place Al Bruggenthies 1980 SkiDoo
2nd Place Payton Hillter 1978 Polaris
1st Place Joe Wenning 1972 Arctic Cat Cheetah
2nd place Haden Chuba 1971 Scorpion
73-80 Race Original
1st Place Rich Hansen 1975 Mercury Twister
2nd Place Randy Holland 1977 SkiDoo
73-80 Race Restored
1st Place Chuck Moser 1978 John Deere
2nd Place Val Elfering 1976 Rupp Nitro
72-older Race Original
1st Place Rich Hansen 1972 Rupp Nitro
2nd Place Randy Holland 1972 Rupp Nitro
72 -older Race Restored
1st Al Bruggenthies 1971 Blizzard
2nd Place Curley Stock 1972 Polaris Starfire
1st Place Mark Haugen 1970 Skiroule RT800
2nd Place Jopp/Hiltner 1973 Brut Enduro
1st Place Allen Theisen 1971 Skiroule SE-400
2nd place Jerry Johnson 1972 Brut
Kevin Albers Aluoette Colors
Best of Show
Dan Schuneman 1964 Arctic Cat 140D
9:00am — Start
10:00am — Ride around the lake
1:00pm — Judging begins
3:00pm — Awards
We will have silent and live auctions, food and drinks available , clothing for sale and awards in seven classes.
This years feature is Skiroule and Brut.
If you would like to google our location the address is-
"The Landing Bar"
18527 Co Rd 154
Avon, Mn 56310
Call Allen 320-685-9874 or email email@example.com.