Archive for May, 2018

Vintage National Championship Show Next Weekend

Posted on May 30th, 2018 in Sledder Featured Article

The 13th annual VSCA National Championship Show is returning to the upper Midwest for the first time since 2009. This event will be held June 8-10 in Rochester, Minnesota at the fairgrounds within the Graham Arena hockey complex. Two rinks are reserved for the show, along with other fairgrounds buildings and parking areas.

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Hibbert Announces Retirement

Posted on May 16th, 2018 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

May 16, 2018 – After 25 years of chasing checkered flags in snowmobile competition, Tucker Hibbert today announced that he’s reached the finish line of his remarkable racing career. The 33-year-old from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, is now officially retired as a professional snocross racer.

Photo courtesy of John Hanson

“It’s time for me to retire from professional snocross racing,” Hibbert said. “It’s been a great career and now is the right time to move on. I’m healthy and happy. I’ve accomplished my goals, which were to do my best and enjoy the process of working hard with the people around me. We just finished a great season where I felt as good as I ever have and won my 11th Championship.”

Reflecting on his career, he added, “I’ve dedicated a huge part of my life to racing snowmobiles. I’m thankful for the lessons and experiences that racing provided me over the years. It’s been an incredible ride.”

Hibbert leaves the sport as the most decorated racer in snocross history. He began racing snowmobiles as an amateur at age 8, won his first X Games gold medal at 15 and turned professional at age 16. In his 18 years as a professional snocross racer, Hibbert won 138 of the 235 Pro National events he entered in addition to 11 Pro Championship titles, 10 X Games gold medals and two World Championship titles.

Hibbert’s storied career is a testament to the talent, determination and hard work of his own as well as those who were integral to Team 68 over the years.

“Working hard, as a team, has been the most rewarding part of racing,” Hibbert said. “There are so many amazing people who have played a role in my career. I’ve been fortunate to work with some extremely talented, dedicated and all-around good people. I’ll cherish the memories we’ve all made together for the rest of my life.”

The team’s success was also the result of the support given by key sponsors. “I’m proud of the relationships we’ve built with the brands that have supported me,” he said. “Many of them were career long sponsors and that’s something I’m really thankful for.”

Hibbert also credits his fans, saying: “I’m blessed to have met a lot of great people through racing. Their energy and excitement helped push me to do my best. I truly thank all of them for their passion and support.”

Hibbert’s retirement from professional snocross is effective immediately. He is currently working on event opportunities at which he can personally thank his fans, sponsors and the snowmobile racing community for their contribution to his career.

SNOWMOBILE HALL OF FAME CLASSIC SLED ROUNDUP, MAY 27, 2018

Posted on May 1st, 2018 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

PRESS RELEASE FROM CLASSIC SLED ROUNDUP, MAY 27, 2018

Last year’s Classic Sled Roundup People’s Choice honors went to Carpenter and his 1972 Auto Ski Midget Deluxe.

Think the season is over? Think again; in the heart of snowmobile country, the hardcore enthusiasts are already gearing up to kick-off next winter with the Classic Sled Round Up in St. Germain, Wisconsin. Held on Sunday, May 27, and hosted by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, the ever growing swap meet and judged show has become one of the must attend events of the year and marks the start of another season for many. Both the swap meet and judged sled display have grown immensely in recent years, with the swap now busting at the seams featuring more than 200 participants last year. What’s more, this is a swap filled with good stuff, not lawn mowers and old tires. The selection of sleds, parts, and collectibles for sale is rivaled by few. The same goes for the judged show, which continues to see the quantity and caliber of sleds on display increase year-over-year. Of course, spending time in this part of Wisconsin is always a treat, with beautiful scenery, great places to eat, and home to both the Snowmobile Hall of Fame museum in St. Germain and the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River. Click here for more information on the Round Up.