Duncan Reid has claimed the 2011 Jerry Bunke Memorial Trophy at Canadian Power Toboggan Championships this past March in Beausejour, Manitoba. This is Duncan’s second Bunke title.
Duncan’s 2011 crew was made up by Duncan Reid (driver), Ernie Matwychuk (Owner/Mechanic), Wayne Haner (Mechanic), Tom Hay and Eric Dupuis (Driver).
This year, Duncan piloted both a 340 and 440, 1978 Moto-ski Super Sonic, changing from his past traditional Ski-doo Superstock color scheme. In the 340 class, the racing was very close between Troy Pierce and Duncan Reid with Reid winning both 340 races and both 440 races for a sweep.
Ken Ranson ended up having issues with chassis failure (trailing arm) while Kenny Kitzman had engine issues. Eric Dupuis ended up in second place on Duncan’s 340 in the 440 final after Troy Pierce had engine issues. In the 440 class, Duncan’s sled was too much for the field to handle (Pierce ran a 340 only). The 440 was clocked in Friday’s hot-laps at 98 mph.
Duncan began his vintage race career piloting a 1975 Mercury Sno-twister in 1999/2000. The battles for the Vintage Canadian Championship between Duncan Reid and Bruce Rosentraiter were pretty much an annual event up until 2006 when Duncan switched to IFS and the Merc was sold to a gentleman in New York. That same Merc Sno-Twister won the Eaganville Championship race this year.
Duncans first major race in the IFS class was back in 2006 after the Lavioe/Haner team built their first IFS racer. That year, Duncan beat out past F1 Champion, Chuck Decker to win the 340-IFS World Vintage Championship on his first try. He returned to Eagle River in 2008 with team mate Troy Lefko and repeated as 340-IFS World Vintage Champion while team mate Troy equaled the task by winning the 340x-IFS class. They came in second and third respectively behind Jacque Villenueve that year in the 440 classes. A leaking head on the 440 was the spoiler that year. Troy managed to lead Villenueve for a couple laps that year, his first try at IFS and Eagle River.
Family demands caused a split in the team after the 2009 Eagle River Vintage weekend but Norman Lavoie and Troy Lefko ran a couple more races without team mate Duncan Reid and team member, Wayne Haner.
Duncan came out of retirement in 2010 to run for the Jerry Bunke Trophy at CPTC after a short two year layoff. Duncan ran one of the two, Lavoie/Haner, 1978 Superstock sleds and Lefko ran the other that year. Four engines were run in two sleds to give both drivers a legitimate chance as winning the Bunke. Duncan ended up winning the Bunke that year.
In 2011 the sleds were sold to Ernie Matwychuk (Matwychuk Brothers Racing) and Ernie had Duncan run both the 340 and 440 in the new Moto-ski colors at CPTC. In years past, the sleds were always the traditional Skidoo Super-stock colors. Ernie asked Wayne Haner if he could help them with the sleds for the first year which he was more than willing to do, seeing Duncan was returning full time for all CPTC races.
Duncan also won Canadian IFS Championships in 2007, 2010 and 2011. Duncan did not race at any races in 2009 and race at Eagle River in 2006 and 2008.
Duncan would like to thank the following people and businesses for there support over the years.
- Tom Hay – Kolors Autobody Supplies
- Darren Ryback – Ryback Custom Machine
- Dave/Durmont Wahl – Wahl Bros Racing
- Norman Lavoie – Engine/Chassis builder
- Norm Hiebert – Remax Realtors
- Omichinski Family – Green Gables Deli & Catering
- Glen Gusta – Gusta Sod Farms
- Chris Haywood – Past Crew Member
- Ernie Matywchuk – Matywchuk Bros Racing
- CPTC Staff – Canadian Power Toboggan Championships