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One Lunger Race. Photo by Pinedale Online.
One Lunger Race

The Race is On. Photo by Pinedale Online.
The Race is On

Breakdown. Photo by Pinedale Online.
One-Lunger Snowmobile Race
January 1, 2005

The Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club started the new year by holding their 5th annual Pinedale One Lunger 100 Snowmobile Race on New Yearís Day. The event first debuted in December, 2000. The interest in vintage snowmobiles spawned the existence of the event and turned it into a fun annual activity for the Pinedale snowmobile club, attracting many participants.

The race was held at the Sagebrush Downs oval track near Cora, about eight miles west of Pinedale, in view of the scenic Wind River mountain range. Participants and spectators enjoyed sunny blue skies for this yearís event.

The rules require that all entries must be 1973 vintage or older single cylinder snowmobiles. Any engine modification is allowed and any fuel may be used. Jackshafts are prohibited. Entries are composed of two-person teams who take turns riding the machine on the challenging course. The object and hope is that the snowmachine will be able to make it through all the laps, although many break down during the race, which is part of the challenge and fun. Pit crews stand by for mechanical repairs and fuel. Previous winners carried an orange flag on their snowmachines to set them apart from the rest of the pack. The course is approximately Ĺ mile of twists, turns and bumps. The back straight provides a less intense ride and is used for a much-needed rest. This year there was about 18 inches of snow on the ground for the race.

Club members were on hand with fresh-cooked hamburgers and cheeseburgers for spectators and participants. A track-side warming bonfire helped warm those who got too cold, although with no wind, some of the locals seemed quite comfortable and watched the race without even wearing coats in the 25 degree temperature. As always, paramedics were on hand with an ambulance in case their services were needed.

The Pinedale Snow Explorers Snowmobile Club holds a variety of fun events throughout the winter months. Their next event is a Poker Run ride to Green River Lakes on Sunday, January 16th. For more information about the Club and their upcoming events, see their web page at

Photos by Clint Gilchrist and Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online

The Start. Photo by Pinedale Online.
The Start

Rounding the turn. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Rounding the turn

Snow Spray. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Snow Spray

No 57. Photo by Pinedale Online.
No 57

Fuel Stop. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Fuel Stop

No 69. Photo by Pinedale Online.
No 69

Rounding a turn. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Rounding a turn

4 Gets Help. Photo by Pinedale Online.
4 Gets Help

TNT Catches Air. Photo by Pinedale Online.
TNT Catches Air

SnoJet gets refueled. Photo by Pinedale Online.
SnoJet gets refueled

Getting a Tow. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Getting a Tow

Refreshments. Photo by Pinedale Online.

Relaxing. Photo by Pinedale Online.

Picking up Speed. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Picking up Speed

Tossing the flag. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Tossing the flag

Down the hill. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Down the hill

4 Gets towed to pits. Photo by Pinedale Online.
4 Gets towed to pits

Sideline Snowmobiler Kid. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Sideline Snowmobiler Kid

Buckys Ahead. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Buckys Ahead

8 gets tow to pits. Photo by Pinedale Online.
8 gets tow to pits

Brew on hand. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Brew on hand
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