Vintage Machines Shown At Classic Sled Roundup In St. Germain

The annual Classic Sled Roundup presented by Arctic Cat was held May 27 in St. Germain, Wisc. A record 137 vintage and antique snowmobiles were displayed.

New this year was a display of unique sleds shown by five guests known for their outstanding collections. Mike Trapp of Minocqua, Wisc., also made an appearance.

The 1973 Ski-Doo Blizzard driven by Trapp was displayed for the first time since undergoing a three-year restoration by John Jantsch of Wausau, Wisc. Jantsch has restored several prize-winning sleds now on display at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum in St. Germain.

Trapp’s mechanic and original sled builder from the Ski-Doo factory team, Real LaRachelle of Montreal, Quebec, attended the event. It was the first time the world championship sled, driver and the mechanic were re-united in more than 30 years.

The best-of-show award went to Brent Schut of Deerton, Mich., with his 1947 Eliason Motor Toboggan. The top Arctic Cat was a 1975 Sno Pro 650 shown by Tom and Nancy Ische of Glencoe, Minn.

A crowd pleaser was the 1980 world speed sled known as the Bud Snow-King dragster. Driver Paul Groth attended the event with owners Jim and Keith Warning of New Lenox, Ill.

Mike Trapp sits on his 1973 Ski-Doo Blizzard next to mechanic Real LaRochelle who holds the Derby cup from Trapp's Mod II Eagle River World Championship.
The Snowmobile Hall of Fame is open year-round on Hwy. 70 W in St. Germain. The museum is open Monday through Saturday.

For more information about the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum, view or call 715/542-4488.

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