First World Championship Snowmobile Derby Recreated

antique derby logoAntique Snowmobile Club of America recreates first “World’s Championship” Snowmobile Derby – 50 years later

Fifty years ago, one of the first organized snowmobile races was held at Dollar Lake near Eagle River, in northern Wisconsin. That event fostered the now infamous “World’s Championship” Snowmobile Derby.

On February 2, the Antique Snowmobile Club of America recreated that first racing event on Dollar Lake, as the very same makes and models were found participating in those same drag, oval and hill-climb contests!   Yes, some 40 of these pioneering snow machines — some restored and some original — were seen stretching their legs at the very same venue.  Even the Rotary Club, the original sponsors of the 1964 event, were there serving food and refreshments.

On a beautiful clear day, the Lake was ablaze with colorful old iron.  Some of the machines were rear-engined and some were front-engined.  Some were powered by four stroke engines and some were two stroke.  Some drivers were young club members and others looked as old as the machines they piloted.vintage derby 4

If you want to learn more about the pioneers of our sport, check out the Antique Snowmobile Club of America.  See: or

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