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Old 01-19-2009, 07:59 AM
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...We do things a little different in the great white north. In the winter we leave our heated homes to sit in a 6x10 shack when it is -20 trying to catch fish...
And we often combine sports to double the fun. In this shot a guy has merged his ice fishing shack with his snowmobile. It works pretty good when he feels the urge to go troll for snorkelers...which actully then combines THREE of our favorite sports.


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We do things a little different in the great white north. In the winter we leave our heated homes to sit in a 6x10 shack when it is -20 trying to catch fish, in the summer we waterskip our snowmobiles across open water, and in August we attend snowmobile grass drags. So why not race our cars in the winter? Seems normal to us?!

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Oh man I love the circle track racing on Ice. I just got my motor back in my car Our first race is next Saturday. I wish I had a video to post but my dvd recorder quit and my camcorder takes the little tapes. I have hours of video from the last 6 years at least. It is the best thing for a young kid to get into up here in the winter keeps them out of trouble some what. I also have raced the studded class circle track, and the studded tires really make the car hook up hard core. I've ran a metric gm street stock and a honda civic both are a blast and a cheap way to have fun racing. Now I run a 77 impala 4 door without studs we order tires from towel city retreading special compound for ice, there softer than any dirt compound you can get and on a warm day (about 25 - 30 above) you actually heat the tires up while racing on the ice and if you touch them when you come off the track right away some of the rubber will stick to your hand.
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I know he won't mind, but this guy is one of the best drivers I ever seen on the ice. Gives you A good idea of what the cars and tires look like
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I'm baaaack. At least for a short time. I've never made it to the Merril Ice drags, and hopefully I'll be heading down to the 1/3rd mile oval track on Lake Dubay this Saturday. One of the racing founders is a member of the local Navy Club. He's getting me talked into doing this next winter. Oddly, my wife just grinned and gave me the go-ahead. She may need a trip to wacky-ward....


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I'm baaaack. At least for a short time.
Good to hear your voice again Schnitz. I was getting overwhelmed there keeping people informed of your Wausau/Merrill news on top of all the Lac du Flambeau news.

Hey, if you go ice racing next season...I'll be there with my camera. Even better than tractor pulling. (Ooooo, now there's an idea. Tractor pulling on the ice. The tire studs would have to be a foot long!!!!!!)
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Tractor pulling on ice??? Won't my groupies freeze their.... Hey wait a durn minute, I'm all over this!!!!



I saw the "studded tires" one of the guys runs down at Dubay. I bet there's close to $40 in bolts alone in each tire. He said (for the drive wheels) he started with 2" long, 5/16" bolts, then used sandwiched 1 1/4" diameter flat washers and nuts to hold it all together. For a complete set of 4, he says he's got about $225 wrapped up in traction alone. The car is pretty basic, no glass, 4 point cage, fuel cell, relocated battery, etc. On that 1/3rd mile oval, cars like his hit 80 on the straights, whereas the "stock" class cars hit about 40-45. Still moving on ice.....



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Hey can you snow birds help this guy out?

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Hey can you snow birds help this guy out?
Technically, snowbirds are the people who enjoy summer on the lake up here in northern WI and then hightail it for Florida, Arizona or Southern CA. when the first snow flakes hit the ground. To be accurate, Schnitz, me, Dan TwoLakes and Rattler454 are what people call "snow idiots"...we stay here year round.
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I wish we had Ice Drags around here,,but we don't-I've been going to these Ice Races for about 30 Years and they are kinda cool-


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I was born in Minesota, and lived 10 long years in Nebraska. I don't miss the snow at all.

I never did this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO1js...next=1&index=9

getting a car stuck in snow out.
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