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- Trail Ride Story from
Grand Rapids, Minn.
by Bob Martinek
Cresco Driftrunners, Region 5
CRESCO—You might hear people say how they like to ride snowmobiles.
Well, meet three guys from Cresco who don’t “like” to ride. Roy Praska, Terry
Thorne and Wayne Vokaty “love” to ride.
They aren’t three young whipper-snappers who don’t have anything better
to do than ride sleds. Roy is 45 and works at Donaldson Co. in Cresco. Terry,
55, has his own painting business, and Wayne, 58, is also employed at
Donaldson in Cresco. Last fall, they all bought new 2014 Ski-doo MXZs. Roy
and Wayne bought MXZ TNT 600 E-Tecs and Terry got an MXZ 600 Sport.
Between the three of them, they rode a total of 14,007 miles. Yes, over
14,000 miles in one season. That wasn’t a typo. All had over 4,000 miles
each. Roy had 5,220 miles, Terry had 4,550 and Wayne had 4,237. So you
can see what I mean when I say they really love to ride. Roy took three trips
last season to Spooner, Wis., and Terry went with him twice. Roy and Terry
also took a backpacking trip from Cresco to Cornucopia, Wis., and back. That
trip alone was 950 miles without any support vehicle and no troubles.
Wayne and his wife Darla—who also rode 3,550 miles on her 2013 Ski-
doo GSX 600 E-Tec—went on two trips. They went for three and a half days to
the U.P. of Michigan and later three days to Baxter, Minn. They put a total of
1,300 miles on with those two trips. The rest of the miles that these guys put
on were all riding around Cresco and the surrounding area.
Every club has its own rivalry about who makes the best sleds, but as far
as these guys are concerned, they think all brands are good or they would be
out of business. Nonetheless, these guys are quick to point out that they rode
all those miles and none of them had to take their sleds in for any service
work the whole season. I know it will be a little hard not to let them brag. Well,
okay, maybe only a little after all it was last season already!
|From left, Roy Praska, Terry Thorne and Wayne Vokaty
|Curt Flack Memorial Grass
Drags Nov. 22 near Jefferson
by Jim Wyckoff
Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers, Region 7
JEFFERSON—The Raccoon Valley Snow Chasers (RVSC) snowmobile
club will host its sixth annual Curt Flack Memorial grass drag races on
Saturday, Nov. 22. This year’s race has been significantly expanded into an
all-day event to also include ATV and motorcycle races. A popular band will
perform under a big tent on the grounds Saturday evening following the races.
The events will take place at the Flack river farm, now called River Farm
Recreation, five miles west of Jefferson—just south of Highway 30 and just
west of county road P14. Signs will be posted on nearby roads leading to the
RVSC safety director Craig Flack said the usual snowmobile racing format
will take place this year, including local celebrity Bill Labath calling the races.
However, this year will see additional timed “horseshoe” racing for dirt-bike
motorcycles and ATVs—also called four wheelers and side-by-sides.
“River Farm Recreation is excited to again host this year’s grass drags,” said
Flack. “We plan on having a big bonfire Saturday evening, along with a very
popular rockabilly band called the Barrel House Rockets performing inside a
big tent.” Flack, long known as a local daredevil, also said he will attempt a
water-crossing, also called water-skipping, on his snowmobile.
Registration for the races is from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning,
Nov. 22, with racing to begin shortly thereafter. The races will include several
classes of snowmobiles. Trophies will be awarded for the top three finishers
in each class. The snowmobile racetrack is 500 feet in length, and the race
format will be double-elimination. All racers must be at least 18 years of age.
Specific details of the snowmobile, motorcycle and ATV races will be
available at the race.
An admission fee for the races and the band will be collected by race
officials upon entering the race grounds. Food and soft beverages will be
available at the event. Also, RVSC club merchandise will be available for
purchase at the race.
The annual fall race is in memory of long-time snowmobile enthusiast
Curt Flack of Jefferson. The Flack family were snowmobiling pioneers in
Greene County, dating back to the 1960s. For more information call RVSC
president Mike Patten at (515) 669-0473 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.