Quebec Ruling Closes Trail

Snowmobile News 

Friday December 10, 2004
On Wednesday, December 1, a Quebec Court ruled in favor of homeowners living along a section of the Petit Train du Nord trail.

These homeowners filed a class-action suit claiming harmful noise pollution had occurred due to snowmobile use on a 40 km stretch of abandoned rail line that runs through Mont Tremblant Provincial Park.

The losers in this suit are the defendants (government of Quebec, the local municipal association – [MRC], the provincial association FCMQ, and FCMQ insurers).  Reportedly the Judge assessed a $3 million finding against the MRC and $2 million against the government of Quebec for allowing the use of snowmobiles on the municipal land.  There was no ruling against the FCMQ or their insurer.

Besides the damage assessed, the bad news from the ruling is that this FCMQ trail will be dead-ended to snowmobiling and the trail through the city will be closed.  The trail passes through a public park in the city.  The closure will dead-end the main trail that is part of the FCMQ system and the trail closure will impact on the community and other communities where the trail leads to. The economic impact of this closure could be severe.

The Judge stated that no snowmobile trail on municipal property should be located within 100 meters of any residential dwelling.  Her ruling contradicts the present standard which states that snowmobile trails should be 30 meters from all homes.  She stated in her ruling that the municipality made an error in allowing the trail to go through the city at closer than 100 meters from the homeowners.

The ramifications of this ruling for the FCMQ trail system are substantial since many municipalities allow snowmobile trails to pass through their towns closer than 100 meters from homes.

The FCMQ office is busy reviewing the ruling at this time.  The FCMQ cannot file an appeal against the ruling since they were not mentioned in the judge’s ruling and therefore they have no standing in the case.  Any appeal to the judge’s ruling must be filed by the Minister of Transport within the Government of Quebec or by the MRC, which represents the municipal government.

Bunke Earns Soo I-500 Victory

Polaris Team Holds Off Gentz’s Yamaha 

Snowmobile News 
Saturday February 5, 2005

Gabe Bunke earned his first Soo I-500 victory as the lead driver with his narrow victory earlier today in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Bunke had formerly won the race as a second driver, but this time he led the way — though he had a lot of help.

It started with the Pro-5 Polaris team, which has enough I-500 trophies to fill their small shop in Roseau, Minnesota.

But Bunke also got some late help from four-time Soo winner Corey Davidson, who served as a substitute driver on Bunke’s team after Bunke’s other co-driver, Josh Davis, left the race with cramps. Davidson’s own effort was derailed by mechanical problems.

Mike Gentz of Marquette, Michigan, finished second aboard a Yamaha RX-1. He was the only other driver on the lead lap, and he finished 29 seconds back. Another Yamaha, piloted over the course of the day by Todd Krikke and Chad Gueco, finished third, three laps back. The Cat of Justin Winter finished fourth, six laps back.

Here’s a quick look at the top 10, according to unofficial results from the Soo. Look for a complete report and behind-the-scenes details in an upcoming issue of Snow Week magazine.

1. Gabe Bunke, Pol
2. Michael Gentz, Yam
3. Todd Krikke, Yam
4. Justin Winter, Cat
5. John Hoos, Pol
6. Ryan Spencer, Cat
7. Brent Vermeersch, Pol
8. Paul Vanderploeg, Yam
9. Kriag Caralash, Yam
10. Doug Cammerand, Pol 

Freestyle Snowmobiler To Appear On Letterman

Calling all snowmobile fans

Colby Johnson
Snowmobile News 
Wednesday February 23, 2005
Be sure to watch The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, February 28 to catch freestyle snowmobile rider Jay Quinlan perform the ever-popular back flip — on the streets of Manhattan.

“We’re there to promote the 2005 Winter Gravity Games and to talk about the sport,” Quinlan said. “It should be entertaining, funny and all around fun.”

SCS Racing’s Steve Miller will be designing and constructing a full snow ramp in the alley behind Letterman’s studio in New York City. The task will require18 dump trucks full of snow to travel four hours to the site. The SCS crew and Quinlan will have exactly four hours to build the ramp, nail the jump and tear the ramp down.

“Not easy to do,” Quinlan said with a slight laugh. But a month of planning will ensure it will get done, he added.

The 18 dumpsters of snow approach was just one of many ideas the group considered. Everything from flipping dumpsters upside-down and blowing snow on them to creating a dirt track was discussed.

The Late Show will film the stunt around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, then the 25-year-old freestyle rider will take a seat on Letterman’s couch to talk snowmobiles and the Gravity Games.

The idea of talking with Letterman might scare the pants off of most people, but Quinlan said he’s not too nervous. “I’m nervous about the sleds breaking, that’s it,” he said. He and his crew plan to take three sleds, including Ski-Doo’s 2006 Freestyle, on the trip.

He’s not too nervous about successfully completing the back flip either, he said. “Steve Miller knows my riding style,” Quinlen said. “I’m really anal about [the ramp] being perfect and he knows exactly what I want it to be like.” Miller is also designing and building the freestyle course for the Gravity Games.

The 2005 Winter Gravity Games will be held March 3-6 at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Quinlan has been involved with organizing a freestyle demonstration, which is the 20-minute show will take place on both March 5 and 6 at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Quinlan is sponsored by AMDS, Red Bull, DVS Shoes, Fox Racing Shox, Blown Concepts, C&A; Pro, Ski-Doo and RathFilms.com.

Arctic Cat Crossfire

The new Arctic

Arctic Cat Crossfire has entered the melee of hybrid sleds. Half M-Series, half Firecat, Arctic Cat claims it’s equally comfortable on trails or in powder.

This early 2006 release comes with

Cat’s 698cc, 140 hp EFI engine and it uses the ACT Diamond Drive. From the M-Series mountain sled, the Crossfire adopts the high mountain handlebars, a reinforced steering post, wide running boards with a flatter stirrup and star-punch running board traction.

The hood draws air through intakes near the headlights that feature removable snow screens. The side panels feature tool-free removal for access to the engine, clutches and brake.

The front suspension is the Firecat standard AWS-VI double wishbone A-arms with lightweight aluminum Arctic Cat gas (IFP) and M-Series inspired 42- to 44-inch adjustable ski stance. T

here’s a FasTrack Long Travel System slide-rail suspension Arctic Cat IFP shocks and a Torque Sensing Link rear arm for the rear suspension. New to the machine is a 15- by 136- by 1.25-inch Ripsaw-patterned track. The sled is available in black or orange.