I stopped by to check on the setup for the Vintage Snowmobile Show this morning outside the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks. I’m doing a story for tomorrow’s paper and got a chance to drive Lowell Machart’s replica of Ski-Doo’s first prototype, the 1958 “bathtub sled” (aptly named, I might add).
Machart, a vintage snowmobile enthusiast from Grand Forks, made the wooden snowmobile this past year after obtaining specs from the Bombardier museum in Valcourt, Quebec. Machart, who completed the project in December, now has one of two bathtub sleds, the other being in the Bombardier museum. It doesn’t exactly turn on a dime, but the bathtub sled is definitely the coolest, most unusual snowmobile I’ve ever driven.
There already were more than 40 vintage sleds on display outside the Blue Moose by 9:30, and registration continues until noon. Stop by and check out these pieces of North Country history if you’re in the neighborhood. The sleds are on display along the river outside the Blue Moose, and Rob Hudson of WDAZ and myself will be judging the sleds later this afternoon. The Vintage Snowmobile Show is a fundraiser for Relay for Life.