New Wa­co­nia Ride-In clas­sic

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The world’s largest vin­tage snow­mo­bile event is invit­ing a whole new au­di­ence to its Jan­uary show. YES, the Wa­co­nia Ride-In an­nounces that it has cre­ated a new CLAS­SIC class to in­clude snow­mo­biles model years 1986-1995. Be­fore now, snow­mo­biles from this decade were not in­volved in vin­tage snow­mo­bile events. This marks the first time that a ma­jor old snow­mo­bile show has hon­ored snow­mo­biles that are 20-25 years old.

This move to in­cor­po­rate a new gen­er­a­tion of old snow­mo­bile fans has been in­evitable. Af­ter all, th­ese sleds were the “first ride” for many of to­day’s younger adults and mid­dle aged snow-belt res­i­dents. “It is time to in­vite them to the party”, stated Wa­co­nia Ride-In Pres­i­dent John Zeglin. “We in­vite a new gen­er­a­tion of col­lec­tors to the vin­tage hobby.”

Who knows, this CLAS­SIC class may well catch on with other vin­tage snow­mo­bile events be­cause the 1986-1995 snow­mo­biles are read­ily avail­able and at rea­son­able prices. Af­ter all, as the older vin­tage snow­mo­bile “barn finds” dry up, th­ese ma­chines will fill the de­mand. The de­mand is fu­eled by fa­thers and moth­ers want­ing to in­volve their chil­dren in win­ter out­door recre­ation that they them­selves en­joyed as teenagers and young adults. With new snow­mo­biles to­day cost­ing over $ 10,000 it ap­pears that th­ese CLAS­SIC class snow­mo­biles fit the bill for af­ford­able fam­ily fun in the cold crisp win­ter air!

26 Many vin­tage col­lec­tors have be­gun adding th­ese “newer sleds” to their col­lec­tions. This era fea­tured ro­bust sales of high qual­ity snow­mo­biles from all four man­u­fac­tur­ers. Sev­eral lim­ited build, mid-year in­tro mod­els and high per­for­mance “mus­cle” ma­chines and rac­ers are now sought af­ter. Think early XCR, XLT Spe­cial, V-Max-4, EXT Spe­cial, Wild­cat, Mach 1, Plus X and you re­mem­ber those heady times.

In fact, this Jan­uary 24 & 25, 2015 Wa­co­nia Ride-In will cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary! This year we honor MIN­NESOTA ICONS – the two re­main­ing Min­nesota snow­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers that have pro­vided over 50 years of fun times and mem­o­ries for gen­er­a­tions of those of us who refuse to hide in­side through­out the win­ter months. This is not a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the two Min­nesota brands, but rather a cel­e­bra­tion of their com­bined con­tri­bu­tion to win­ter out­door ex­cite­ment.

Many snow­mo­bil­ers in­clude the Wa­co­nia Ride-In as a bucket list must. Visit to learn about the week­end jam packed with an­tique, vin­tage and clas­sic snow­mo­bile fun. For ex­am­ple, did you know that their trail ride alone in­cludes more than 500 par­tic­i­pants? WOW!

Come join the fun and at their Sun­day judged show see the new CLAS­SIC class in­clud­ing both Sur­vivor and Re­stored cat­e­gories.

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