"Where the history of snowmobiling comes to life"

Judging Guidelines

Unrestored Classes:
Snowmobiles that are unrestored:

  • May have cleaned and waxed hood, but may not be buffed.
  • May have repaired seat seams, but seat panels may not be replaced.
  • May have a clean tunnel, but may not be buffed.
  • May have small paint touched up with a brush, but no spray paint.
  • Replacement or reproduction windshields are allowed.
  • NOS parts are allowed.
  • Deduction for painted skis and painted suspension.

Restored Classes:

Snowmobiles that are refinished back to their original, like-new appearance.

Items allowed:

  • NOS parts Buffing
  • Dealer available parts
  • Reproduction parts
  • Painting
  • Re-plating
  • New decals
  • Repaired or replaced upholstery

Items not allowed:

  • More chrome on machine than original
  • Non-original parts

Custom Class:

  • Restored (or unrestored) sleds with these non-original features: 
  • Custom skis 
  • Custom hoods including paint and/or decals
  • Custom fiberglass work
  • Non-original exhaust
  • Custom windshields
  • Non original motor type in chassis
  • Custom seats.  Foam design or seat covering
  • Altered tunnel shapes
  • Any clone or replica sled
  • Hand-built or composite sleds built from multiple parts from other makes or models
On Sept 20, 2019, The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum was awarded a grant of $12,500 for Operational Support from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA – ART WORKS). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. The grant requires a 1:1 match and helped the museum leverage the $12,500 of support from its annual income and the many donations from supporters. In particular the museum has received grants from the Graymont Community Economic Development Fund and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It has also received significant donations from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, The Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc., many snowmobile clubs, several recreational and snowmobile shows, the museum’s internal $1,000.00 Challenge, and many museum members. The grant funds will be applied to museum operating costs. Applicable costs include internal operations, marketing, travel to shows within the State of Michigan and cost of employees. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant applicant to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at
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Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum
P.O. Box 2
W11660 US-2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Hours: 906 477-6298
Appointment: 906 477 6192

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