Platt Brings Home Vintage Adirondack Cup…Again! Roy-lalonde Beats Out Villeneuve for Pro Cup - 2/12/2013

Platt Brings Home Vintage Adirondack Cup…Again! Roy-lalonde Beats Out Villeneuve for Pro Cup-2/12/2013

Ed Stabb, president of the Northern New York Vintage Snowsled Racers, left, with two-time Vintage Adirondack Cup winner, Mike Platt of Boonville.
(Photo by George Capron)

Felipe Roy-lalonde, Adirondack Cup champion from the Eastern Pro Tour Circuit.
(Photo by George Capron)

By Ed Welsh

2013 marks the seventh year for the Boonville Snow Festival II. Unlike 2012, traditional winter weather provided Dale Flansburg and his tireless track crew the opportunity to build a magnificent ice racing surface on the famed Boonville ice oval. 2013 also marked the return of the Eastern Pro Tour Racing Circuit. With both Ed Stabb’s Northern New York Vintage Snowsled Racers (NNYVSR) and the Eastern Pro Tour providing over 100 racers, race fans had the opportunity to experience two days of world-class racing.
On Friday, arriving racers were greeted by a heavy snowfall that curtailed much of the test and tune program. However, the evening Torchlight parade kicked off what would be a superb weekend of racing.
Saturday welcomed the racers with a perfect racing surface under a cold crisp sunny sky. New for 2013 was the intermingling of both Vintage races and the Eastern Pro Tour races. Boonville Racing Director Mark Bourgeois and Eastern Pro Tour Racing Director Oliver Paie-ment worked closely to keep the racing card straight as the fans were treated with a medley of vintage and pro racers throughout the day. Another new twist was that both the Vintage and Pro Adirondack Cups would be awarded on Sunday, making Saturday a full day of preliminary and qualifying races.
The highlight of Saturday was the appearance of this year’s Grand Marshall Carol Crawford accompanied by 12 different brands of single-cylinder relic class snowmobiles lined up on the track. Carol is well known in the vintage snowmobile world and enjoys the challenge of event organizing. Her dedication to the NNYVSR organization and the Boonville Snow Festival has made her a key “go to” person. Carol’s latest challenge is her battle with cancer. The fans cheered while Carol made her appearance on the track as Grand Marshall with a phalanx of “Old Dogs” lined up behind her. It was moving experience for all when the Old Dogs fired up and took a parade lap in honor of Carol. Read the full story plus race results and photos from the weekend in this week's Boonville Herald.