52nd year Old Derby…just keeps getting better
The Official name of the world’s grandest snowmobile race is: The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby presented by First Place Parts.com. It will take place on its time honored date, the 3rd weekend in January. In 2015 that will be January 15th – Sunday January 18th.
2015 will see some changes at the Derby. One is that Sno-Cross will complete their show on Saturday allowing the Derby Track Crew to “knock down” the high spots of their race course providing spectators an unobstructed view of the ice oval for Sunday’s Final.
Another move, this one to create safer racing conditions will be the Derby’s endorsement of T. J. Patrick’s “snow brush”. Racers will be encouraged to use these ski and track brushes to reduce snow dust, a serious vision impediment for racers.
Racing action starts a weekend earlier then Derby (January 9th-11th) with the enormously popular Vintage World Championships. This weekend has been drawing close to 1,000 entries for the past three years. For three days the classic machines of the 60s and 70s put on a show from the golden days of racing.
All elements of what makes the Derby the biggest snowmobile race on the planet will be in place. That includes the large indoor & outdoor vendor area with exceptional buys on all sorts of snowmobile items.
Hot Seats for ultimate fan comfort are, for many, the ONLY way to enjoy a day of racing. Corporate Suites are one way companies or employers can reward their customers, or business associates. Not the least among Derby fan favorites is the new LOFT, which provides sit down food service with an over view of the EXPO HALL activity.
The Derby has a social side too. People like to take advantage of a torch lite ride to the Eagle River Hockey Dome, guided by the local Sno-Eagles snowmobile club. Fans also enjoy the “ring presentation” on Saturday night when the Top Ten Championship qualifiers receive their special rings. At Sunday night’s Victory Banquet, fans can see their favorite drivers receiving trophies and the much deserved “winners jackets” provided by Fly Racing.
The Big Weekend comes when AMSOIL, a Wisconsin based company, turns on the lights for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby presented by First Place Parts.com.
More competitive snowmobile racing simply cannot be found anywhere else. Be it Vintage, 120’s, Sno-Cross or Ice Oval – If you can only make it to one race this winter – Make it to the Eagle River Derby – It’s ALL there.
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