From the Staging Lanes | April '09BY: ISAAC DEHAAN
Spring is in the air and here in the
On April 4th I attended the (what hopefully will be the first of many) Snow Challenge Hill Climb at Schuss Mountain Ski Resort in
While I don’t know all the winners, I do know a sand racer, Mike Page won the Super Mod class with some unbelievable runs up the hill. Mike along with Kip, Turbo, Shawn, and Ronnie put on an incredible show for the fans. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but it was awesome to say the least!!
While it was a great weekend, I did take away some thoughts from the races:
#1. 150 entries. The entry fee was $20 per class, with trophies and some prizes for winning, NO PAYBACK!! For everyone that says “I won’t race for a trophy” or only wants to race if the payback is high enough, I can show you 150 guys that don’t feel that way, and easily another 75 more that wish they had brought their rigs out to race. Going hand in hand with that, $20 entry fee, what additional proof do you need that especially in these tough economic times keeping the entry fee low will bring the racers out.
#2 1000+ spectators. Anyone wondering how to get spectators to their events needs to look at what “Griz” and his team did. It was $7 for gate admission, and they made out $2 off coupons that were out at businesses over the weeks preceding the hill climb. That’s how to get people in the gate, make it an affordable option for a family to go to. I believe this is also the reason the food and beverage vendors did so well also, low gate fee equals spending money for people on food, drink, and souvenirs. I talked to the manager at the
All in all it was a great weekend, and very enjoyable for everyone that was there. I really am looking forward to next year and hopefully my Bronco will be together so I can run it also. Primm is next weekend already with the start of race season around here not far behind. Reminds me why I love this sport!!!
Until next time, See you in the Staging Lanes!!
Mike Page Super Mod Class Winner
Mike DeHaan (right) raced his Bronco in the Snow Climb
Mike Page going for a wild ride.
Ron Chittenden catching some air in his Chevy Truck.
Super Mod Semi-Final Round: Mike Page (Left) vs. Kip Martin (Right)
Mike Page vs. Kip Martin
Ron Chittenden vs. Mike Page
Kip Martin vs. "Turbo Tom" Egan
Shawn Boyd vs. Ron Chittenden
Photos & Video Courtesy Isaac DeHaan and Greg Kish/Craig Jeske/Jeske Bros. Racing