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December 31, 2016 7:04 pm

ADK MX in Fort Ann to Host Three-Race Serieis in 2017

In Fort Ann, New York, despite multiple complaints from the town’s planning board and residents, plans for the new ADK MX motocross track will move on.

“All I really wanted to do was have a three-race series, and that’s what we are going to be able to do,” said Jeremy Treadway, owner of ADK MX. “We will also run one race of our own, and those three will count toward our track championship.”

According to The Post Star, Treadway agreed with the Metropolitan Sports Committee (MSC) to run two of the series’ 19 races. Along with Fort Ann’s track, the other MSC races will take place at MX Diamond Back in East Durham, Orange County Fair MX in Middletown, and Ace Motocross in Massachusetts.

The MSC season will begin during the first week of April and the two Fort Ann races, the eighth and 13th races, will be on June 11 and August 27.

“We are excited to have them coming in,” he added. “It will help people to get to know us.”

The average home is built on 20,129 square feet, which equals out to about a half an acre of land. Treadway’s property, equipped with a 4,300-foot-long racetrack, sits on 106 acres of former golf course located on Route 149. He opened the track for two weekends during October, but plans to keep it closed until the season begins in April for practice, lesson, and other special events.

Despite keeping the motocross racetrack closed for the next few months, Treadway is encouraging snowmobilers to visit his property, ride around the former golf course, and stop into the site’s restaurant.

“We could use some more snow,” Treadway added. “We’d like to get some more snow here, so the snowmobilers can come in to the restaurant.”

ADK MX will be hosting the Purple Ribbon Ride, a cancer research benefit on February 11.

 
December 30, 2016 3:24 pm

Motorcycle Clubs Across the Country do Good in the Name of the Holidays

motorcyclesThis Christmas, Santa’s gifts weren’t delivered with a sleigh or reindeer. Instead, many people received holiday warmth and cheer delivered on a Harley, as motorcycle clubs across the country made an effort to bring extra joy this holiday season.

Nearly 70% of men and 54% of women in America own more than 10 t-shirts, but for those who don’t, motorcycle clubs like The Forsaken Few in Oklahoma delivered clothes and other gifts. One of their members dressed up as Santa Claus, toy bag and all, to deliver gifts to underprivileged children before Christmas.

The Forsaken Few has been involved in such charity work for over 30 years, and this year they delivered toys to over 60 children across Southern Oklahoma. The members have all described it as a fulfilling experience, and say that the best part is seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they show up at the front door.

“We’re not like the TV motorcycle clubs. We like to ride our motorcycle[s] but we give to the community, we try to help out all we can,” said Schultz, a Forsaken Few member.

But Oklahoma isn’t the only state with a generous motorcycle club. Several largely Hispanic groups across Massachusetts performed an act of kindness this Christmas, collecting and donating warm clothing and winter supplies to homeless individuals near Springfield, MA.

Charity organizer Michael Villanueva explained that it was truly a successful inaugural event, and that he hopes it can continue in the years to come.

Many people seem to think that motorcycle clubs simply ride the open road, but these charities have proved that they’re much more than gangs of people who love motorcycles. Traffic marking paint used on roadways had a value of $454 billion in 2014, and while it keeps those motorcycle club participants safe, they’re focused on keeping children in their communities safe and happy.

Keeping children happy was exactly what Santa and the Lost Boys Motorcycle Club had in mind when they changed their name from the Wicked Riders. This year, their annual trip to visit the kids at the A. Harry Moore School was wildly successful.

The club visited the school’s physically and mentally disabled children, handing out gifts and even giving the kids a chance to sit on some of their motorcycles.

“[The kids] just get such a kick out of going on the motorcycles,” said Steve Goldberg, A. Harry Moore’s principal.

Members of the motorcycle club explained that the goal of these visits, and of the other charities the club participates in, is to give back to the community they live in. “What better way [to give back] than with the kids?” said Gabriel Baez, president of the Lost Boys New Jersey Chapter.

 
December 27, 2016 5:39 pm

Michigan Holds First ‘Snowmobile the Mighty Mac’ Event on Mackinac Bridge

ice_forms_in_the_straits_of_mackinac_underneath_the_mackinac_bridge_near_st_120124-g-jl323-038While most construction machines have lifespans of only 15 years, other vehicles, like snowmobiles, can last for decades with the proper maintenance.

Last Saturday, December 17, dozens of vintage snowmobiles crossed the Mackinac Bridge as a part of the inaugural “Snowmobile the Mighty Mac” event.

The “Might Mac,” as it’s called, is a 26,372-foot suspension bridge that spans the Straits of the Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the state of Michigan. It is the world’s 17th-longest main span as well as the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the entire Western Hemisphere.

The event was co-organized by the St. Ignace Events Committee and Naubinway’s Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. At 11 a.m. and for a registration fee of $35, snowmobile owners could ride across the bridge as long as their vehicles were at least 25 years old and equipped with wheel kits.

“Each year we have the tractor show in September, and part of that is a display with antique snowmobiles from the museum in Naubinway,” said Quincy Westhuis, St. Ignace Convention and Visitors Bureau Assistant Director. “It had previously been impossible [to cross the bridge on snowmobile.]”

Inspired by the Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing, and due to the popularity of the snowmobile component of the show, the museum and events center worked together to hammer out the details.

According to Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum Chairman Charlie Vallier, they gave out awards in six different categories: furthest traveled, craziest dressed driver, best wheel kit, oldest driver, youngest driver, and oldest snowmobile.
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Of course, safety is always a concern when an organized event involves large vehicles or machinery. Sports injuries, including winter sports like snowmobiling, affect about 12 million people between the ages of five and 22. Fortunately, although it was snowing, the winds were mild that morning.

 
December 27, 2016 5:20 pm

Stronger Emphasis on Snowmobile Safety This Winter

Following a tragic snowmobile accident fatality, a stronger emphasis is being placed on vehicle safety this winter.

According to the National Science Foundation, a researcher with the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), suffered a fatal injury in a Antarctica snowmobile accident.

Dr. Gordon Hamilton was operating a snowmobile when he lost control and drove into a crevasse. Hamilton’s team was in the Shear Zone, a heavily crevassed area about 25 miles from the largest U.S. research base in Antarctica.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Dr. Hamilton. Our thoughts are with the family and entire community as we mourn this loss,” said Dr. France Códova, Director of the National Science Foundation.

Since the fatal accident, numerous crevasses in the area have been filled as a safety precaution.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a higher volume of people on the roads combined with alcohol-impaired drivers cause roughly two times the number of fatal accidents during the summer months compared to the rest of the year. Despite the high levels of roadway fatalities during the summer, because of dangerous conditions and unsafe procedures regarding snowmobiles, winter is also a dangerous time for many people, as thousands of snowmobile accidents occur every year, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

The main causes of these snowmobile accidents are natural obstacles, excessive speed, and alcohol intoxication. There are many safety regulations in place in states where snowmobiling is a poplar form of recreation including registration of snowmobiles, minimum operation age, and requirement of safety cause prior to operation.

One of the most popular states for riding, Minnesota, is encouraging kids age 12 and older to take a class that stresses the importance of snowmobile safety.

According to Valley News Live, the required class is reducing the amount of fatalities across the state.

“With proper training and education with laws, the amount of accidents in Minnesota declined with snowmobiles,” said William Landmark, a Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer.

 

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