The Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) will celebrate its 18th annual induction on January 12th, 2006, in Eagle River, Wisconsin, inducting four individuals from the sport who made contributions to snowmobiling truly worthy of recognition in the prestigious Hall. The SHOF operates a year around museum in St. Germain, Wisconsin and are involved in a building expansion at their twenty acre complex located in the heart of snow country in the busy Northwoods tourism region of Wisconsin.
DARCY EWING (p) One of snowmobile oval racing’s most recognizable names and faces, Darcy Ewing of Big Lake, Minnesota, was a fixture on the USSA racing circuit for many years, competing in the many Pro classes that came and went during his long and successful career. Remembered as a friendly and humble driver who was always there for his fellow competitors while still being a fierce competitor on the racetrack with his Gemini Racing machines, Ewing made racing a family endeavor. At the time of his accidental death in 2002, Ewing was recognized as one of the winningest drivers of all time in snowmobile oval racing.
FRANS ROSENQUIST Known as one of the most durable and successful racers of the 70s and 80s, Frans Rosenquist came out of Atwater, Minnesota, to race Ski-Doo, Merc, Sno*Jet, Polaris, Yamaha and Kawasaki during a long 15 year career. Rosenquist was a member of the famous Team Frustration in the late 1970s, a Yamaha factory driver at the dawn of the IFS era and the final winner of the Kawasaki Tournament of Champions in 1981. He was a High-Point Overall Champion in ASA in 1976 and #1 bib in USSA as well as the winner of the famous Adema Cup in 1977.
E.B. (EARLAN) CAMPBELL (p) A natural mechanic and a devoted outdoorsman, Campbell was attracted to the art and science of winter travel as a youth, constructing wind-driven machines beginning in the 1930s. Very likely the first dealer to begin selling Polaris Sno-Travelers, his dealership in Millinocket, Maine, was instrumental in the introduction of snowmobiling in Maine and all across the East. Campbell was a key part of the informal early development team that worked the bugs out of the early designs and he was founder of one of Maine’s earliest snowmobile clubs.
COLEY FINDLAY Snowmobiling has attracted many genuine aficionados in its first half century but none attached themselves to the sport like Findlay. Understanding that snowmobiling is first of all an experience, Findlay set out to ride his snowmobile for an accumulated half-million miles, mostly near his home in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, and his documented record on the trails places him at the very top in terms of time in the saddle. An avid collector of milestone snowmobiles and a tireless promoter of the sport, Findlay has records certifying his travels – mostly in the company of his wife, Katy – on the snow to a grand total of 450,000 miles.
Induction ceremonies are part of the 23rd Annual RIDE WITH THE CHAMPS presented by Modine Hot Dawg Garage Heaters . This day-long celebrity trail ride starts with registration and breakfast at 7:30 am at the Eagle River Inn, Eagle River, WI. After riding the beautiful trails of Northern Wisconsin the groups return to Eagle River for the cocktail and autograph session and the induction banquet. The ride fee is $100 and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For information contact the Hall of Fame at 715 542-4488 or check out the web site for detailed information and photos from previous RIDE WITH THE CHAMPS, previous Hall of Fame inductees, other SHOF events, building fund information and museum web site tours go to: www.snowmobilehalloffame.com.
DON’T miss this years Vintage Ride with the Champs – there are some surprises lined up! Last year was more fun then you should be allowed to have with your clothes on.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEARS INDUCTEES!