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December 31, 2007

Old-time Snowmobiles
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 03:07 PM * 20 comments

If you happen to have a stock vintage snowmobile (for our purposes, that means “1973 or earlier”), and have the urge to race it, this weekend would be a perfect time to come to Pittsburg, New Hampshire, and do just that.

The race site is the Farr Road gravel pit, accessible from US Route 3 (turn left on Day Road, north of Pittsburg village), or from Snowmobile Corridor 140.

Details and contact information here.

While you’re in Pittsburg you can go a little farther north on Rt. 3 to see the eighteen inches between the US and Canadian customs houses that don’t belong to either country (thanks to 19th century surveying error). If you go a little farther north on Rt. 3 into Quebec, you come to Magnetic Hill, where a car left in neutral will roll uphill. (The customs guys can tell you exactly where it is.) Do it now before you need a passport to see it!

If this weekend is already booked, you can come to Colebrook on February 2nd instead. The race in Colebrook will be at Northern Tire, which isn’t too far from where I live.

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#1 ::: Tania ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 04:58 PM:

Ooh, sounds fun!

If you plan on being in Interior Alaska in March 2008, with a vintage snowmachine, I recommend the Tired Iron competition. The race is why my husband won't let me get rid of his 5 antique machines, he claims he's going to enter "someday".

Me, I'm packing a sled and getting ready to wrangle a newer machine,as we head out into the woods for the next few days. I'm a few days behind on threads and posts.

Yes, my first aid and wilderness kits, with personal additions, are completed. This year the SIL is bringing the two-year-old, that should be interesting.

Happy New Year! Stay warm and safe.

#2 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 05:17 PM:

Tania @ 1... Happy New Year! Stay warm and safe.

Same to you.

#3 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 05:24 PM:

My 2007 is ending with a bang, it'd seem. About one hour ago, I helped my neighbor lift his Christmas Tree's box to the garage's ceiling. When I heard a loud pop, I thought "Whatever this is, it's not supposed to be happening." That was confirmed one second later when the shattered neon tube rained glass upon me. This, kids, is what happens when you lift something and you don't pay attention to what you're pushing that something against. Got two tiny cuts on my forehead, but the bleeding stopped almost right away. I'm still finding bits of glass in my hair though.

#4 ::: Sajia Kabir ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 07:41 PM:

Ooh, I hope you're ok. Hope the pets give you extra loving as recompense.

#5 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:04 PM:

Sajia @ 4... Thanks. I only got two tiny nicks, but on my forehead, which means it looked worse than it was. As for my dogs, alas, they pretty much ignored me until their dinner time.

#6 ::: Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:11 PM:

Serge @3 --

If that was a fluorescent tube, rather than an actual neon one, you should probably get those cuts looked at. The coating on the inside of fluorescent tubes is nasty, nasty stuff, and if any of said coating is in the wounds (teeny bits of glass optional) it's not unlikely that you'll have trouble getting the cuts to heal.

#7 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:23 PM:

Yes, Serge, I was going to type what Graydon did. It's unusual to find neon in garages, and you should get in to the ER early tonight.

#8 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:27 PM:

Graydon @ 6... Oops. It was indeed not a neon, but a fluorescent tube. How appropriate. As far as I can tell, the nicks have already healed, but thanks for the tip about the coating. Still, I'll keep an eye on things.

#9 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:33 PM:

Marilee @ 7... Actually, they weren't really cuts, but, like I said to Graydon, two nicks, and very tiny ones at that, and they have healed. Still, if I start feeling weird(*), I will pay a visit to the ER.

(*) Don't say it, ethan.

#10 ::: Bob Oldendorf ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 08:48 PM:

Also in New Hampshire, in a couple of hours:

New Year Brings New Unions in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is becoming the fourth state to legalize civil unions and about 20 couples decided to be the first to take advantage of the new law with a late-night ceremony on the Statehouse steps.

(A younger me would have thrown the family in the car to drive over to NH to throw rice at the newlyweds, but age and geography have once again conspired to foil my intentions.)

But a "Happy New Year!" to the new couples.

#11 ::: Mean Dean ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 09:16 PM:

I'm sorry, but "... Christians Should Have Nothing To Do With Snowmobiles"

You can click on my URL/name to see why ...

... still ... I'd like to see a picture of the vintage ride (I'm such a backslider).

#12 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 09:42 PM:

MD @ #11, snowmobiles as gateways to perdition! Good thing the climate precludes them here (well, except for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa this week)!

#13 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: December 31, 2007, 09:49 PM:

Linkmeister... Now you got me thinking of the opening credits for Hawaii 5-0, but with snowmobiles. Sick.

#14 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 12:46 AM:

Or Thomas Magnum driving one instead of that lovely red Ferrari.

#15 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 08:19 AM:

9 ::: Serge @ 9
If they were just nicks in the skin and, as you indicated, bled profusely, it's probable (but not absolutely certain) that the blood washed out any tiny particles.

#16 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 09:25 AM:

dcb @ 9... Thanks. Also, when I touch the nicks, it doesn't feel like there's any foreign body in there and, this being my forehead, should there be anything, there'd be no flesh for it to have burrowed into. By the way, as soon as this whole thing happened, my neighbor gave me a moistened paper towel so that I could clean things up. What with his being an electrician, I'm sure this has happened to him more than once in his life.

#17 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 11:32 AM:

OK, I'lll be the one to bite, how does the car roll uphill?

#18 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 11:54 AM:

OK, I'lll be the one to bite, how does the car roll uphill?

Beats heck out of me. Go and check it out for yourself.

Meanwhile, it's snowing now. It'll snow every day from now through Friday. Saturday will be clear for the race.

#19 ::: Alan Braggins ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 01:33 PM:

> how does the car roll uphill

I imagine it's one of those places where the terrain fools your eyes so you would swear it's uphill until actually checking with a level.

Happy New Year everyone.

#20 ::: Alan Braggins ::: (view all by) ::: January 01, 2008, 01:37 PM:

P.S. Model-T snowmobiles:

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