We’re having a record rough winter up here in Iola, so what’s a gearhead to do? This past weekend we spent three long, cold days at the Snodeo (www.manawasnodeo.com) an ice racing venue held at Bear Lake Campgrounds (www.bearlakecampground.com) near the Gunner’s Great Garage restoration shop (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) in Manawa, Wis.
No, they didn’t race old cars at the Snodeo (thank goodness *), but they did race motorcycles with studded tires, full-size snowmobiles (both modern and vintage) and Kiddie Kat snowmobiles piloted by pint-sized enthusiasts who are starting their racing careers on the young side. The Wisconsin Kids Snowmobile Racing Assoc. (www.wksra.com) organizes those events.
The racing action was awesome. I got particularly up close and personal with the motorcycle racers since I was working as a volunteer at the show for our local ABATE chapter (www.abatewis.org) . I can tell you that at 66 years of age, I will never have the motorcycling skills the youthful racers exhibited.
Another thing I’ll tell you from my personal point of view is that it is a lot easier to attend the Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) in July than it is to spend around 20 hours at the Snodeo. Gearheads on Ice seem to have a lot of energy and stamina. I’ll take my hobby events with shorts and ice tea, thank you.