Antique Snowmobile Museum Great Stories

Below you will find many great stories about our museum, awards, friends, news, and sleds. Click on the More Info to view full story.

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Dry Riders Motorcycle Club Dry Riders Motorcycle Club
The Dry Riders Motorcycle Club On July 27, 2011 we met the Dry Riders Club. They are an organization of men and women who are family oriented and have formed a club to promote the benefits of motorcycling with out the use of alcohol or drugs while riding. We were so impressed with this group that we would like to recognize and promote them to all of you. They spent some time in the museum and had many snowmobiling tales to share with us. One of their members, Tim Miller was involved in racing and his son is now, even wearing his old factory Ski Doo racing suit. We look forward to hearing from them again soon.

Eden Pure Heater -Donated to the Museum Eden Pure Heater -Donated to the Museum
The Top of the Lake Museum staff would like to extend a very “warm” and heartfelt Thank You to John Vallier from Portland, MI for the generous donation of an Eden Pure Heater to the Museum. It has been donated in memory of his loving wife, Eleanor, who passed away in December, 2009. 1/6/10

Evinrude Skeeter Riders Evinrude Skeeter Riders
John Fromm and Ron Wenta decided to make a March trip through part the Upper Peninsula on their trusty Evinrude Skeeters. They are from Wisconsin. This is their story in their own words: Me and my friend Big John "Thumb" were at it again. Last year we did three trips (two leave home and return the same day) and one overnighter in the UP. Mileages were 60, 120 and 160. Well we decided it was time to go again. With a snow report of two feet on the ground in Rapid River, MI plans started forming Monday March the 11th. By Wednesday we both had off work for Friday the 15th and Monday the 18th. We headed up to the cabin on Friday and unloaded, fueled them up and fresh set of plugs. We went to bed at 8:00 to prepare. We were up at 3:30 am, ate breakfast, loaded the sleigh and pulled the starter rope at 6:00am. We rode with headlights nearly two hours that morning. We headed east with a first day goal of Newberry MI. By 4:00pm we had arrived at the Naubinway sled museum. We were greeted by Marilyn and had an outstanding time. She was so nice and informative on the displays. We had an awesome time, THANK YOU Marilyn! We then ripped the ropes and headed for Newberry. We luckily got one of the last two rooms at the Comfort suites as the first place we stopped was sold out.
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Great Arctic Cat Story Great Arctic Cat Story
My husband and I stopped by on Sunday, on our way home from a snowmobiling trip. Seeing all of the old sleds reminded me of how I got my start into sleds and riding. I just thought that I would let you know, there was a lot of conversation about it on the way home. I located my Papa's sled on Monday, that was sold several years ago. We went and looked at it and decided to buy it back! I'm including a picture of this snowmobile and sled that I grew up with. Now, when we take our children for rides in the sled, they will be fourth generation in it. I couldn't be more excited! Thanks so much for the museum and all you have done there. It was great to visit! Thanks again, Shannon Bowman I hope you can figure out what kind of sled/sleigh this is behind it. I still can't find any pictures of it on the internet. If anyone has any information on this Arctic Cat cutter, please contact the Museum.

Jake Woeckner Memorial Award Jake Woeckner Memorial Award
On July 25, 2009, the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) awarded Charlie & Marilyn Vallier the Jake Woeckner Memorial Award for out-standing dedication and contribution throughout the years to the ASCOA. Jake Woeckner was one of the founders of the Club.
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