Category: Sports

vintage snowmobile races
February 6th, 2016 by Victoria Knox

This Saturday there was some community fun at the Grand Lake. The Vintage Snowmobile races had an impressive showing of excited community members ready to take on the competition. Community members were not the only ones to show. There were several people who traveled from all across the United States for the event. Because of the large number of people, the competitors needed to be divided into classes and divisions. The classes were separated by both age and also gender.

There were also different divisions of vehicles as well. Since there is a large variety of snowmobiles spanning three decades of production they don’t all perform the same. The way they divide the classes of the snowmobiles is primarily based off of the cooling system found within. Models that have a manufacturing date prior to 1985 are not permitted in the competition.

The races were performed on the frozen top of Grand Lake with the track was a large flat oval. The great part about the contest was the different snowmobiles that came for the show. Some of the snowmobiles were over 30 years old.

For each class there are two heat races that take place. Following the heat races there is a main event race. The races took a better part of the day to complete but at the end there was a well done award ceremony for the winners of each class.

The event was well organized starting with vehicle inspections in the morning for safety and then followed with a detailed meeting for the riders to go over important rules and instructions.

Even if you missed the fun of Saturday’s races you don’t have to worry. There are several races scheduled in the series throughout the year. Currently the races are headed to Pinedale, WY followed by Jackson Hole, WY.

You can thank the folks at X-treme Mountain Racing for the Vintage Snowmobile Racing series and events. They are the organization that conducts this series which provides fun every winter here in the Granby region.

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connecticut_state_trooper
February 5th, 2016 by Victoria Knox

Connecticut state police are warning citizens to be careful this Super Bowl Sunday when driving on the roads. There is generally an increase in impaired drivers during Super Bowl weekend and the roads this time of year are not conducive to safe driving even when someone has all their faculties.

The police have been reported as saying the parties and locally planned events associated with the Super Bowl makes this Sunday one of the most dangerous of the year to be on the roads or highways.

While the state police will be on extra alert for impaired drivers but there is only so much they can do. They request that individuals watch out for their loved ones during this weekend and to make a special effort to make driving arrangements before attending any festivities. It is only with the help of the community that the state troopers can make the roads safe and secure.

During last year’s Super Bowl weekend Connecticut troopers arrested 12 individuals that had been driving under the influence. However, state troopers don’t consider this a success. They would much rather people make smart decisions regarding their transportation rather than putting other people’s lives at risk, or ending up in jail.

During last year’s Super Bowl the state troopers also issued 122 tickets for speeding and many more tickets for individuals who performed hazardous moving violations. Hazardous moving violations are generally given for driving while distracted or for following the vehicle in front of you too closely.

Even if you are not drinking this Sunday it may be a good idea to avoid driving just because of the sheer amount of officers that will be patrolling the roads. It seems they have little patience on this day as they work to make sure no one is in violation of the sobriety laws while driving.

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