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Sno Trackers Host Vintage Show and Shine
Written By: Molly Barari
Are you excited for sled season? If you haven’t thought much about it yet, then the Sioux Falls Sno Trackers Snowmobile Club wants to help get you fired up.
The Club just hosted its first annual “Kickoff to Winter” Vintage Snowmobile Show and Shine event on October 28 at Power Brokers, Inc., located at 2810 W. Benson Rd. in Sioux Falls. In addition to snowmobiles, Power Brokers sells ATVs and UTVs, motorcycles, trailers, parts, accessories, and apparel.
What better way to celebrate snowmobiling in South Dakota than to have a Vintage Show and Shine? “There were about 50 snowmobiles ranging in years from 1960 to present,” said Greg Nordstrom, who’s been a Sno Trackers member for 15 years. He’s on the Sno Trackers board of directors and served as a past president, and he was also a District 5 representative for the South Dakota Snowmobile Association. Nordstrom said holding the “Kickoff to Winter” event was important to help get the word out about snowmobiling in South Dakota.
“It was a meeting of people who enjoy the history of snowmobiling and wanted to have a good time,” he said. “It showed us where the sport started and where it’s going.”
At the event, awards were given in seven classes: 1969 models and earlier, 1970-1975, 1976-1986, children’s sleds, race sleds, custom sleds, and a people’s choice award. In other words, there were plenty of vintage gems for enthusiasts to “ooh” and “ahh” over – and to feel inspired in time for winter snowmobile season.
If you love snowmobile riding and conversation with like-minded folks, Nordstrom encourages you to consider joining Sioux Falls Sno Trackers – which has 50 members, and sometimes even more on good snow years.
The Sioux Falls Sno Trackers Club was established in 1969 as a family-friendly organization dedicated to the sport and preservation of snowmobiling. The club currently manages 100 miles of trail that spans three South Dakota counties. Members vary from teens to folks in their 80s.
For $30 a year, you receive membership to both Sno Trackers and the South Dakota Snowmobile Association (SDSA). You receive a monthly paper during winter called the Sno-Plainsman with information on clubs throughout the state as well as riding events and more. The Sno Trackers meet the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Monarch Steakhouse in Renner.
“The main benefit is the fellowship with people who love to ride snowmobiles and to see the beauty of winter,” said Nordstrom. “You get to be informed about trail conditions and riding areas here and across the West. You also get the opportunity to go on club rides wherever we go, which is lots of fun.”
Nordstrom said SDSA membership helps group members know about snowmobile issues across the country, such as Rite to Ride. “It seems like there is always a group that wants to shut us out of the National Forest, so the club and SDSA keep us informed and help fight these issues. If you do not get involved, you could have a sled with no place to go.”
The Sno Trackers were grateful to be able to utilize the Power Brokers facility – owned by Jim and Theresa LeTendre – for their first Vintage Snowmobile Show and Shine.
“I have known Jim for a long time, and he’s loved the sport of snowmobiling since he was a kid,” said Nordstrom. “Even he wanted to go back in time with vintage snowmobiles, so he let us use the facility for our show.”
Nordstrom said it’s essential that snowmobilers get their gear, sleds, and towing equipment ready in the fall so they don’t have to deal with it later on the trail or highway. “You don’t want to have to worry about it when it’s 10 below zero and the wind’s blowing,” he said.
If you’d like to know more about the Sioux Falls Sno Trackers Club, visit http://www.sfsnotrackers.com. You can also find out more information about purchasing gear at Power Brokers at http://www.powerbrokersinc.com/.