The Pro Vintage Snowmobile Olympus will take place at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in Ironwood, MI, Jan. 1-2, 2011. This event is being organized by the Gogebic County Fair Board and is sanctioned by the Pro Vintage Racing.
Racers have indicated that they wanted to return to the famed one-half mile oval in Ironwood. Already, response has been favorable with the top drivers in Pro Vintage Racing committing to attend the event. It is anticipated that in excess of 400 racers, along with their families and crew members, will be in Ironwood for this event.
In addition to great racing throughout the weekend, there are plans to feature a vintage sled display, vintage snowmobile parade and a vendor’s exhibit area in the new exposition building. Past Olympus champions have been invited to participate in a meet the fans sessions that will be scheduled throughout the weekend.
Pro Vintage Snowmobile Racing is the fastest growing segment of snowmobile racing.
Three-time world champion snowmobile racer, Steve Ave will be the master of ceremonies and special guest of the Pro Vintage Snowmobile Olympus. Racing out of one of the first Ski-Doo dealerships in the U.S., Ave was the first Semi-Pro driver to race the Ski-Doo brand in the Midwest. His dedication to the sport laid the ground work for Ski-Doo factory race teams.
He won the World Championship in 1966 and was the first repeat winner in 1968. Retiring from racing in 1973, Ave remained active in snowmobiling, running the family Ski-Doo dealership in Hurley, WI. He remained active in various snowmobile organizations concerned with the development of racing and recreational aspects of snowmobiling.
Pro Vintage Snowmobile Olympus - Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
9 a.m. - Track opens for practice
All drivers, crew and media must sign in at the Gogebic Convention and Tourism office prior to entering the grounds. You do not have to sign in daily once your pit passes and credentials are issued.
Vintage sled parade line up at the expo building
Vintage sled parade leaves the fairgrounds, heads through Ironwood and up Hurley’s famous Silver Street
Hurley Chamber of Commerce lights the famous Paavo Nurmi Marathon Torch. Vintage sled parade continues west on Silver Street to the Iron Horse Trail Head.
Hurley Chamber of Commerce fireworks display at the Iron Horse Trail Head
Vintage sled opening festivities end.
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011
Qualifying races begin and continue throughout the day.
Meet your favorite driver at the racers ball held at the expo building.
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
Racing begins and continues throughout the day.
Bullet Racing Challenge: 800cc Vintage Monsters vs. IFS ($1,000 purse)
Woody’s Cup Race
Vintage Sno-Pro sleds compete for $1500 purse