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September 26, 2006 – Snowmobile Report

September 25, 2006
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GoSnowmobiling.org redesigned
The Web site, www.gosnowmobiling.org, has been updated based on information it received from more than 10,000 snowmobilers and nonsnowmobilers.
The site was created by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association to encourage nonsnowmobilers to explore the sport. The redesign was based on survey feedback from snowmobilers and non-snowmobilers. The site includes links to dealers and rental agencies as well as clubs and trail information. The site features special sections for nonsnowmobilers.
Caliber’s Dealer Program
Caliber Inc., Lakeville, Minn., introduced its 2006 Dealer Display Program. In the program, dealers can receive a Caliber Products floor display at no cost. The displays are designed to be positioned under sleds on the show floor, illustrating how Caliber glides, grips and Trax Mats work with skis and tracks on trailer surfaces. Displays come with distributor part numbers to aid in ordering. Contact Caliber for more information.
Bombardier Museum Facelift
The Bombardier Museum in Valcourt, Quebec, closed on Sept. 5 for refurbishing. It’s slated to reopen on Feb. 6. Part of the remodeling will include a new exhibit, tentatively called Joseph-Armand Bombardier 1907 — The birth of an inventor. It will showcase Bombardier’s original inventions and its progression through the transportation industry. The exhibit will include state-of-the-art technology. Groupe GID Design, an engineering consultant that specialized in cultural projects, will oversee the design and implementation of the project. The redesign is in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Bombardier’s birth.
Racer Marchbank Has Record Haydays
Ski-Doo driver Craig Marchbank always seems to do well at Haydays, but he out-did himself this year, taking 10 wins, four seconds, two thirds and one fourth in a wide range of classes. Marchbank wasn’t Ski-Doo’s only standout driver.
Flavio Iantomasi made the drive from Ontario worthwhile with four wins in the high-displacement Pro Stock and Mod classes. Arctic Cat continued to dominate the Stock 700 class. In an all-Cat final, Kelly Shilts took the win. John Wheelock, Yamaha, made the fastest time of the finals in the Top Fuel class at 116.08 mph. Wheelock redlighted, however, and the win in that class went to Chuck Rees. Wayne Legge was nearly as fast, posting a 115.19 mph pass in Heavy Mod 1000. Legge, on a Ski-Doo, won the class. Haydays is organized by the Sno Barons snowmobile club. The races were sanctioned by the Central Ontario Snowmobile Drag Racing Association. psb

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