The Vintage Snowmobile Club of the Adirondacks hosts a snowmobile show each year in Ormstown; this summer, the event took place on August 26. Event organizer Daniel Beauchamp says, “I think it went very well despite the weather. They were forecasting rain on Saturday with a 90 per cent chance. We dodged a bullet, and when I say that I really mean that: all around Ormstown it poured, and we just got a little bit of rain for about 10 minutes.” Though this slightly affected attendance, he was still very pleased with the turnout.
This year’s event featured snowmobile racing celebrities such as Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductee Mike Trapp, Joann Villeneuve (widow of racer Gilles Villeneuve), and people from all around Canada and the United States. One of the highlights of the day for Beauchamp was getting to chat with some of these folks. “I asked them questions and they reminisced about the past, and Joann Villeneuve even said that Mike Trapp was probably the person to beat back in the day when her husband was competing.”
Something that made this event stand out was the quality of the snowmobiles on display. Beauchamp explains, “We had extremely beautiful snowmobiles… I received comments from people saying they couldn’t believe how beautiful they were, and the quality of them.” He is proud to be able to show that in Quebec and Canada we can put on great shows. One person even shared with him that coming to an Ormstown show was on their “bucket list.”
Beauchamp is extremely grateful to every person who made the event possible; it wouldn’t have happened without the support of members and volunteers, judges, sponsors, and everyone who worked hard to make the day possible.