Archive for July, 2015

TLR Cup Adds New Venues, Classes and Payout

Posted on July 27th, 2015 in Sledder News

With a renewed commitment from Tommy Lipar Racing, the TLR Cup will run through the 2017 season with prize money of over $125,000 each year including “SHOW MONEY” for drivers attempting to qualify at 8 out of the 9 TLR Cup races.

tlrThe Eagle River Friday Night Thunder TLR Cup race will have prize money of $3,000 and there will also be 12 Vintage classes at each event with additional prize money of over $2,000 paid out for four Specific TLR Cup Vintage classes at each venue throughout the season.

NEW! For 2016 the Super Mod 440 class will run 2 rounds and will pay $500 to win. The Outlaw 600’s will be joining the TLR cup series with a $5,000 season purse. Drivers who register on, are ISR members and meet the associations’ and TLR Cup qualifications and rules at each designated race will be eligible for the prize money.

2015-16 Season Schedule


Dec. 20: Fargo, North Dakota

RACE 2 – USSA Prostar

Jan. 3: Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus in Ironwood, Michigan


Jan. 15: Friday Night Thunder in Eagle River, Wisconsin

RACE 4 & 5 – USSA Prostar

Jan. 23-24: Wausau 525 in Wausau, Wisconsin


Jan. 30: The Winter Spectacular in Alexandria, Minnesota

RACE 7 – USSA Prostar

Feb. 7: Clash at the Creek in Francis Creek, Wisconsin

RACE 8 – USSA Prostar

Feb. 14: Fire on Ice in Weyauwega, Wisconsin


Mar. 6: Canadian Power Toboggan Championships in Beausejour, Manitoba


2015 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Posted on July 20th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

July 20, 2015 (Eagle River, Wisconsin) – Four new members will be inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF) on September 26 in Eagle River, Wisconsin. They represent dedicated individuals who have worked diligently to promote, foster, develop and build the sport and together have done so for over 135 years. It will be the 26th annual induction for ISHOF.

logo_ishofThe four will join the ranks of the past 101 inductees and will have their induction photo plaques displayed on the ISHOF wall at the World Snowmobile Headquarters. They are:

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Summer Edition of MN Snowmobiling Now Online

Posted on July 15th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

w01_Sum15MNS-smallSummer just got better! Catch up on all the latest snowmobile happenings with the most recent edition of Minnesota Snowmobiling, including features such as:

-Looking ahead with MnUSA

-Vintage Charm in Hutchinson

-A Sport with Heart

-International Snowmobile Congress in New York

-Much, much more!

Comp Insulated Men’s Line Introduced by Arctiva

Posted on July 14th, 2015 in Sledder News

jacket1The all new Men’s Comp Insulated line is a performance blend of race-inspired design and all-weather comfort. The Comp Insulated Jacket is fully insulated, with a chassis created from a breathable, durable, waterproof and windproof high denier polyester, and a hanging polyester liner. This 2-layer laminated fabric is sealed tightly at the seams, with 600D polyester Oxford overlays in the wear areas, and a DWR coating for lasting quality. This jacket is insulated with 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation in the front, back and sleeves, and fleece lining the two hand warmer pockets and the collar area. Climate control is a breeze with strategically placed zippered air vents and adjustable cuff, collar and bottom hem, keeping out the elements while allowing your body to breathe. Specially placed retro-reflective graphics keep you visible and safe into the night.

bibs1The Men’s Comp Insulated bibs are made from the same great polyester material as the jacket, with 3M Thinsulate insulation throughout the interior. Interface connectors secure the jacket and bibs together. There are Oxford overlays in the wear areas as well as a double layer of material and waterproofing in the seat of the bibs. The bibs also feature the same breathability as the jacket with full length zippered air vents on the inner and outer thighs, and a removable bib. Side waist adjusters and adjustable inseams give between 1.5” and 3” of growth. Interior cuff gaiters help keep the snow out of your boots, for a secure and dry feeling.

Available in multiple colorways including, red, blue, yellow, green, orange and black in sizes small to 5XL.

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Decker’s Marshall Eagle River’s 4th of July Parade

Posted on July 9th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

By Gary Ridderbusch / Editor
Vilas County News-Review

The Decker’s, who have lived in Eagle River since 1985 when they purchased the World Championship Snowmobile Derby Track, said they were honored to lead the annual parade.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Audrey. “I never dreamed that something like this could take place.”

“We took great pride in leading this year’s parade. We are just very grateful and want to thank everyone for this honor,” said Dick.

Deckers“Indeed it’s an honor,” added Dick. “We love this town. We love this community. There’s a lot of good people out there we’re honored and very happy to do it. ” The Decker’s, who owned a snowmobile tour and rental business in Minocqua, purchased the Derby Track from the Eagle River Lions Club and have been involved in the biggest race in snowmobiling the past 30 years.

“We came here because of the track and when the opportunity developed to purchase the track, it was the perfect background for our snowmobile touring business that we started at that time. Eagle River has always been very deep in our roots because of the boys racing snowmobiles. We were here a lot.” Dick said it was a good decision when they moved their family and tour business to Eagle River.

“We did live in Minocqua for a while after leaving Marshfield and worked out of there with the tours and snowmobile rental business,” he said. “But then when the touring business was expanding and needed more room, we starting looking at Eagle River because who would not want to live in Eagle River. To me, it’s God’s place because of the lakes and the heritage it has. It just worked out. We happened to be here at the right time when the Lions wanted to back out and it just worked out well for all of us.”

While Dick and Audrey are 83 and 82, respectively, they stay active in the business. They sold the now- AMSOIL World Championship Derby Track to their son, Chuck, in 1989. Dick said, “Chuck has done a hell of a job building it up and he’s not finished. He’s got a lot more ideas. It’s going to be interesting.”

“Audrey and I are getting old,” said Dick with a laugh. “We should be moving on, but I think as long as we have kids — Chuck, Steve and Allen — in town, we’ll be part of the Derby. At least I hope we are, because it’s a passion, it’s more than just a job.”

 Their passion for snowmobiling started in the 1960s when they purchased their first snowmobile for the family and they have never lost the excitement, still hosting tours in their early 80s. Through their involvement in snowmobile tours and racing, Audrey said they have developed many friendships over the years. “These people come, summer and winter, just to visit us.”

Dick, who still can be seen at the Derby Track office nearly every day of the week, said the family’s racing spirit has expanded, noting three of his granddaughters are now racing stock cars.

“I go to work every day just because I enjoy it and it keeps me alive I think,” he said. “But what we do when we are not working is chase those girls around and watch them race, and that is two and three times a week. We were in Slinger just last week. Drove down in the afternoon and got back home at 2:30 in the morning. So we’re staying active.”

Audrey said 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren keep the couple busy in their free time. Meanwhile, Dick had some advice for people reaching retirement age.

“People retire too early and when they retire, they don’t do anything,” he said. “You’ve got to do something and you have to stay active. If you do that, chances are you will be living longer and a lot better.”

“You know, I have been in the parade when the Derby has had floats. But this was a lot different,” said Audrey. “I guess I’m a little embarrassed being in the position of Parade Marshal and leading. It’s hard to explain. It almost seems like it’s too big of an honor for us.”

Dick said he missed driving the AMSOIL World Championship Derby Track float through the parade route…”But, it was fun because we were able to ride a John Deere UTV to lead the parade and we were very proud of that, we would like to thank Lakeland Lawn and Equipment in Arbor Vitae for the use of the UTV,” Dick Said.

Dick has been an active supporter of developing all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and UTV routes in the Eagle River area.

“The North Woods needed a shot and the ATV thing is going to help immensely,” said Dick. “We have a big ATV/UTV event coming up in August and we worked harder on that than the Derby because it’s new to us. It’s going to be a good one and it’s going to help Eagle River area.”

Dick was referring to the first ATV/UTV World Championships coming to the Derby Track August 2830.