MINERVA - Yes, it was cold, and there was a lot of snow on the ground. But isn't that what one needs to have a great snowmobiling experience?
The air was clear, the sun was out, and the mood was excellent. It was a very good day for the Minerva Snow Traveler's Uphill Drag Races, which took place Saturday, Jan. 31 on the fine hill located behind Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon in Minerva.
A total of 38 racers registered for the series of races offered, which ranged from the junior 120 cc class of snowmobiles up to the 1000 cc stock and modified sleds. The cold temperatures and brisk winds did create a challenge to the well-attended concession stand (run by the snowmobile club), which sold hot dogs, burgers, fires, sausage & peppers, chowder, cookies, and hot beverage. Cold beverages were readily available at Sporty's Saloon.
The large crowd of spectators thoroughly enjoyed the event, and Minerva Snow Travelers Club President Jeff Palmatier summed it up perfectly: "We had an awesome day of racing."
Snowmobilers came from as far away as Troy, NY; utilizing a continuous trail system, these sleds made their way to Minerva to participate in the races. They were not disappointed. Over 30 members of the Minerva Snow Travelers Club were on hand to make the drag race event run as smoothly as possible.
"I'd like to thank all our members who dedicated many hours to making this race a success," said Palmatier. Current membership of the club is 178, up from last year's number of 148. All interested snowmobilers are welcome to come to meeting and join the club.
According to Palmatier, "Without the support of local businesses and our community, this event could not have been possible."
A great thanks goes to Sporty, who supplied the facilities and excellent hill. A special thanks goes to the Thurman Connection Club for assisting the Snow Travelers during the races. Thanks go also to the Minerva Rescue Squad, which supplied an ambulance and crew to stand by at the races.