Gordon Abare and Charlie Henry were known as the go to guys for sled repair or lending a helping hand to a fellow sledder broken down on the trail. Henry was known to practically carry his whole toolbox with him at all times. With the surge of snowmobile sales many companies began building their version of the Skidoo that were sold locally. in the 1960-70s snowmobiles were sold by: M&R Woods (Skidoo), Tony's Sports (Scorpion), Stan's Auto body (Chaparral), Smith's (Boa-ski), Thatcher's (Arctic Cat), Johnson's Orchard (Moto-ski/Polaris) Dave Whitty (Skiroule), Desmond Allen (Sno-Jet) and Wicker Ford (Polaris). In the early 1970s there were literally hundreds of manufacturers and at least nine area snowmobile dealers. However soaring gas prices and a weakening economy sent all but four manufacturers out of business. Only one local dealer remains Tony's (Skidoo).
To promote and enjoy the sleds that were being sold, some local folks began racing. Spring began building modified sleds with Abare. His's son, Doug Abare, raced these heavily modified sleds throughout the area following the E.S.R.A. circuit . They continued racing with much success through the 1980s, however the manufacturers were putting pressure on E.S.R.A. to force the racers to use current model year sleds to promote their product. Still, Doug Abare continued to dominate the circuit on an older sled. While the Abares were enjoying their success in drag racing, Huestis and Terry Trepanier were racing oval track. Huestis would race Skidoo while Trepanier would race the Moto-ski and often race each other. The E.S.R.A. circuit had races nearly every weekend at locations such as Eagle Lake, Schroon Lake and Lake Champlain. The racing was a two-day event, ice drags on Saturday followed by oval racing on Sunday. Huestis primarily raced oval, however would drag race occasionally. His first race was in Lake Placid in 1963 and his last race was on Lake Champlain in 2006 at an event sponsored by The Adirondack Trail Riders.