Last spring the outlook for vintage racing in 2011 was feeling kind of dismal. As is typical at the end of every race season, racers tend to get a little pessimistic and depressed. Many, after a tough year of working on the sleds, traveling and doing battle on the ice felt like maybe they should hang it up. Wolf Lake announced they are packing it in, leaving dozens of racers with no where to go. Lilly and Mole Lake Wisconsin canceled their races for 2011. Things were not looking good.
But as it usually happens, as the summer went on, and the fall swaps and drag races approach, racers and promoters start getting excited again and thinking outside the box about fun things to do with vintage racing next year. Here’s just a sample of what’s ahead
- Vintagesleds.com will again sponsor the 440 Super-Mod Free-air race in Eagle River, with $5,000 up for grabs for the best and the fastest. It will happen as part of the Derby Weekend in January.
- Vintage racing returns to Ironwood Michigan! Pro Vintage Racing will be running a race there the weekend before Eagle River, with the track remaining open for testing all week long.
- The Oval racers Alliance is back, and lining up races, including the new season opener in Rock Rapids Iowa, and five more races to be announced.
- The Vintage SnoPro Series will return for 2011 with more money for year end points winners.
- The Formula 340 Triple Crown Series is on, with races in Strathcona, MN, Glydon, MN, and Devils Lake ND in February of 2011.
- Pro Vintage Racing may have as many as 6 races – with locations and dates TBA.
That’s just scratching the surface! This could easily be one of the biggest years ever in vintage racing. So even though it’s 90 degrees out, we are all sweating to death and winter seems like a long way off – don’t wait till the last moment. Get out to that shop, roll up your sleeves, and get those sleds ready so you can be amongst the first to go testing for a great vintage racing season!