Midnight Blue Reunion

Reunited after 34 years - the big dog machines of the Midnight Blue Express.

Reunited after 34 years – the big dog machines of the Midnight Blue Express.

From left to right, Jerry Bunke’s 1978 World Championship Snowmobile Derby machine from 1978. Jerry set a record with this 440 triple, doing five laps of the famous 1/2 mile oval in 98 seconds, with an average speed of 91.8 MPH. That record stood until the 1990’s. Jerry was leading the 78 World Championship Snowmobile Derby until he broke a ski and had to stop.

Next is the 440 triple driven by Steve Thorsen. This is thee 1978 World Championship Snowmobile Derby winning machine. From the research we’ve done on it, this sled is almost exactly the way it came off the racetrack. Rob McMillan has been the care taker of this piece of history for over 22 years, and in that time, he put the paint and decals back on what we believe is the original hood. Steve actually went 16 laps aboard this monster 440 triple for the win, as a lap counting error meant they had to go one extra round.

last, but not least, the 440X triple that won the 440X class during the 1978 World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Brad had another machine for the World Championship, but it was destroyed in an accident during qualifying. Without skipping a beat, Brad Jumped on this baby for a win.

Congrats to Thee Hall of Fame in St. Germain for getting such an outstanding collection of World Championship Snowmobile Derby winning machines all in one place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of thee most famous race in all of snowmobile racing – and congrats to all the people who have made the Derby a success for all these years.

Coming soon – more photos from the Hall of Fame display.

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