• Short Summary

    This year's snowmobile racing season in the United States ended on a sensational note at the weekend when competitors in the last major event ran out of snow.

  • Description

    This year's snowmobile racing season in the United States ended on a sensational note at the weekend when competitors in the last major event ran out of snow.

    A thaw left the competitors with a course covered in dirty slush and ponds of water.

    The absence of snow didn't deter the competitors however, and the races went ahead as planned. Three of the sports most prominent names dominated the racing - Bob eastman of Minnesota, Gaston Ferlande of Montreal, Canada and Yvon de Hommel, also of Montreal.

    Eastman won the 800cc category, Ferlande the 650 cc category and de Hommel the 400 cc category.

    (Snowmobile racing is becoming an increasingly popular winter sport in North America. Snowmobiles are simple to drive and maintain, and fairly inexpensive to buy: they retail at about a thousand U.S. dollars each. Fans of snowmobile racing claim that skimming across snow covered landscapes at speeds of fifty miles - 31 kms - an hour is an experience unmatched in any other sport. However, there are people less enthusiastic about snowmobiles: they claim they are noisy and smelly, and damaging to the countryside).

    SYNOPSIS: Snowmobile racing in the United States - and a sensational finish to the season. Competitors in the contest at West Yellowstone, Montana suddenly found themselves without any show. A thaw had reduced their snow-covered course to a mass of slush and dirty water. However, such difficulties are not sufficient to deter the dedicated snowmobile racer - so the events went ahead as planned. The West Yellowstone event is one of the season's "Big three" - and attracted the big names in snowmobile racing. They are Bob Eastman of Minnesota and two Canadians, Gaston Ferlande and Yvon de Hommel. These three took out the major prizes in each category.

    Snowmobiles are driven by small petrol engines and speeds of fifty miles an hour are not unusual.

    But there were moments when it seemed a speedboat would have been more appropriate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA120USNL7ZSM7FWB5WTHZIH4K3
    Media URN:
    VLVA120USNL7ZSM7FWB5WTHZIH4K3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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