Blazing fast snow machines to rip across Sutherlands Lake Saturday

Jason Malloy
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SUTHERLANDS LAKE - An adrenaline-filled day is expected Saturday as about 100 sleds compete to be the last one standing at the fourth annual ice drag.
A maximum of four snowmobiles will line up at the starting point and in a matter of seconds cross the finish line 660 feet away. The two fastest sleds will advance to the next heat until there is only one left in the division.
"There's everything from trail sleds to modified sleds," said Barry MacLean, race committee member for the Sutherlands Lake Trail Groomer Association. "We have some sleds here with over 300 horsepower."
Some of the machines will be running upwards of 125 miles per hour and will finish the drag race in around five seconds.
The event was started as a way to raise funds for the club and has grown every year. People come from all over the Maritime provinces and even a few from Newfoundland. MacLean suspects a couple thousand people will turn out to see the popular races.
The Bible Hill resident, a racer himself, admits it's quite the adrenaline rush partaking in the event.
"It's a real thrill," he said.
MacLean is hoping for a sunny day with cloudy periods and temperatures ranging from 0 to -5 C.
Races begin at 11 a.m. and will likely be running until dark. Canteen facilities will be available on site.
Admission for spectators is $5, while registration is $15.
For more information visit http://www.sltga.ca/events.htm.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Sutherlands Lake Trail Groomer Association

Geographic location: Sutherlands Lake, Maritime, Newfoundland

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  • jo
    January 18, 2010 - 10:13

    wonder if powerwheels are going to be there.haha