Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sled Rehab Provides a Thrill for Three at Haydays

An exciting new look for first place winner Traci Leonard's Arctic Cat M6.
It may not feel like winter at this moment, but the official kick-off for snowmobile enthusiasts already took place several weeks ago in North Branch, Minnesota. Hay Days, an annual event sponsored by the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club, is an annual acknowledgement that summer's days are numbered, for better or for worse. For winter sports enthusiasts like skiers and snowmobilers, it's for better.

One of the events in this year's Hay Days carnival was the AMSOIL Sled Rehab competition. By means of social media AMSOIL offered snowmobile owners a chance to take their old sleds and have them refurbished for the 21st century. If you had a sled, 1996 or newer -- mechanically sound and in good running condition -- that could use a makeover, you were invited to upload a photo of your sled and tell your story. Three sleds were ultimately chosen for makeovers which would then take place at Hay Days.

The snowmobile makeovers included a custom sled wrap from Action Graphics plus C&A Pro Skis, hand guards, clutch kits and premium AMSOIL products for snowmobiles. It was a pretty sweet deal and the winners appreciated the attention they garnered for their machines. Other sponsors included ISOC, Scheuring Speed Sports, Sled Head 24/7, Straightline Performance and Woody's.

Thomas TeBeest's '08 MXZ TNT 500ss
Josh Bretzman: '06 Sno Pro 440 

First place winner Traci Leonard moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula a year ago primarily for her love of snowmobiling. She's always loved to ride, but even moreso now that her 2005 Arctic Cat M6 has been rehabbed. When she learned that she was winner of the AMSOIL Sled Rehab she said,
"OMG I am so excited!! This has seriously been like the best week of my life."

You can see the end result at the top of this page, and what she used to ride below.

Before photo of Traci's basic black Cat. It's now a whole new machine.
Meantime, we're just about two months away from the Duluth Nationals snocross races that initiates a new snowmobile racing season. We'll see you on the mountain.

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