Another first took place at January’s Waconia Ride In event; the editors of On Snow Magazine created a new award category whereby the winner would have their sled featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. After scouring the hillside and looking at hundreds of sleds from rats to racers to restored, the editors chose a 1967 Boatel Ski Bird owned by Barry Hoffman of Ogilvie, Minnesota as the winner of the OSM Time Tracks Show Favorite. The restored “bird” caught the eye of OSM Editor Bourgeois and he kept circling back to the white and red one-lunger, snapping a few more photos each time he passed.
“We don’t have any specific criteria for the award,” said Bourgeois. “We just look for sleds that catch our eye and have a story to tell. Barry’s Boatel just looked the part and I love how the sled’s tunnel mounted engine had to be canted rearward in order for the steering post to clear the head.”
Hoffman’s sled will now be professionally photographed this summer and featured in full-color within the pages of OSM next winter. In addition, Hoffman will receive a framed reproduction of the article.
“We (OSM) just love the Waconia show,” said Pat. “Vintage and antique snowmobile events really showcase the roots of this magnificent sport…every sled and every owner has a story to tell and we attempt to bring those stories to life on the pages of our magazine.”
The staff at OSM hopes the Time Tracks award becomes a tradition at the Ride In and the editors will be back again next year in search of another “eye catching” sled.