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John West - Legendary Snowmobiler
John West - Legendary Snowmobiler John was born in 1921 in the house his grandfather built, and John still lives in this house in Lennon, MI. He has been a farmer and local politician his whole life – such as Chairman of the County Board, Township Supervisor for 18 years, President of Michigan Township Assoc. and a MSA lifetime member for many years. He bought his first snowmobile, a Rupp, in 1968. He has also owned Chaparrals, Moto Ski, Northway, and Suzuki. The Genesee Sheriff’s Patrol had a Polaris snowmobile to patrol with in the 70’s and he bought that one. He and his family have been riding in the U.P. since 1974. John and his son stopped here on their way to Manistique, MI for snowmobiling and fishing. The real story isn’t that he is 88 years old and still snowmobiling, but 2 years ago (yes, 86 years old!), he and 3 friends made a snowmobile trip around Lake Superior! They had a chase vehicle traveling with them and his job was to find a place to sleep each night. They traveled 150 to 200 miles per day. They started the trip in Sault Ste. Marie, traveled through Michigan to Wisconsin, through Canada and back to the Sault. It took them 9 days and 1517 miles. They rode Polaris, Yamaha, Ski Doo, and Arctic Cat. His Ski Doo now has 12,000 miles on it. If you would like to learn more about his trip, John has sent me his trip diary and a picture of the gang who made the adventure. I have put everything into a notebook and it will be available to read here at the Museum. I think we could all learn something from this amazing gentleman!

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