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Swap Meet and Hillclimb next Saturday

Courtesy of David Archambeau The MASTERS Number 1 Motorcycle Hillclimber, Mike Kirtland of Mass City, will try to defend his title at next Saturday's Motorcycle Hillclimb in South Range.

Just as summer is the time for Vacations, fall is Motorsport time! This coming Saturday, Sept. 24 is the start of many events, and activities for Off Road Vehicle (ORV) and Snowmobile riders.

Yes, Snowmobile riders!

Next Saturday, the Keweenaw ATV Club and the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club will work together for an event that benefits BOTH organizations. Next Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a Swap Meet. It will take place at the Old Carnival Grounds, 53624 Bootjack Road, in Lake Linden.

Your $5 donation at the gate not only gets you into the Swap, it benefits both! The Keweenaw Snowmobile Club and the Keweenaw ATV Club. Another way to help both of these volunteer-run organizations is to have a vendor booth.

For a 15×20 site, it is only $25. For a 30×40 dealer site, it is only $100. Volunteers are needed for entry gates and cleanup. Email keweenawclubs@yahoo.com for more information.

Next Saturday’s Swap is an excellent sign of cooperation between the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club and the Keweenaw ATV Club. You are asked to either go to the Swap to find a great deal or be a Vendor. It will be next Saturday in Lake Linden.

While it was scheduled to be today, the Vollwerth’s Meats – Wildlife Refuge Cabins – Pat’s Motorsports – M & M Powersports – Timberline Sports Motorcycle HIllclimb was moved to next Saturday. “This was due to the rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. It became a safety issue, especially with the threat of lightning,” explained the MASTERS Racing Circuit. “Safety is everything for us (MASTERS), and we just couldn’t take the chance. We sure did not want to compete with the Swap or hurt the attendance for either event. We just didn’t have any choice.”

Those that have the courage to try to make it up Whealkate Bluff in South Range must register between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Competition is to start around 10:30 a.m. Admission is $10, Parking is $10. The majority of both the Stock and Modified Motorcycles are unable to make it over the top of this steep hill.

The competition starts with the young kids having a fun course at the bottom of the hill, then they go up a part of the hill. This is a “fan favorite.” The competition concludes with two motorcycles racing against each other in a “drag race” style up the hill. That takes place after the Stock King of the Hill, the Mod King of the Hill, and for the first time, a Queen King of the Hill. They will be competing for the coveted Diamond House International Jackets.

The following weekend is the start of the Fall Hunting season.

The Keweenaw ATV Club fall club ride will be held on Oct. 1. “We will start in Phoenix at the Snow gauge. We will try to leave at 9:30 a.m. If you need to trailer there to ride, there is space to park your truck and trailer at the Snow Gauge on US 41,” stated the KATV spokesman.

This is the time of the year when people from all over will be heading to the Keweenaw to ride their ORVs and view the spectacular fall colors. Let’s Ride has heard that the crew and family of one of the top Professional Off Road Racing Teams, Countryside Transport’s Zakowski Motorsports, will be visiting the area. They will be riding side-by-sides and dirt bikes.

Zakowski Motorsports is a Pro 2 Truck Racing Team that competes at Crandon (WI), Bark River and ERX in the Twin Cities.

Many families and friends will be visiting the area this fall. It’s not just to ride and view the colors, but many will be volunteering to work on trails. The Superior Snowmobile Club has turned its fall trail work into a time for friends to get together. While telling trail stories, some are even true, they are brushing and signing the Snowmobile Trails.

It’s not just the Superior Snowmobile Club, but Snowmobile Clubs throughout Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties will be doing trail work. All the work is done by volunteers. It is imperative that snowmobilers and ORV riders to help get the trails ready for the upcoming winter.

Please help this fall by having fun working on the trails, and enjoying some of the best Motorsport trails in the entire nation. In other words, Let’s Ride!

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