Professional Racing Returns to Historic Alexandria Oval
Professional snowmobile racing is returning to the historic oval track at Alexandria, Minnesota this winter with the “Alexandria Winter Spectacular”. In the big-time era of snowmobile racing in the 1970’s, one race stood out as one of the biggest attractions on the popular circuit: The Dayco Holiday Spectacular. Held each December at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Minnesota, the race drew in 10’s of thousands of fans from all over the United States and Canada. Racers came from all over the world to compete, including Japan, Finland and Sweden.
On January 30th through February 1st of 2014, the re-launch of the race will happen at the historic flying half-mile oval under its new name of the Alexandria Winter Spectacular. The race will feature the biggest and fastest oval ice snowmobile racers from all over the snow belt, as well as a special program of vintage race machines that were raced back in the 1970’s.
The Winter Spectacular will also be part of the TLR Cup, an Ice Oval racing series sponsored by Tommy Lipar Racing (TLR). It kicks off at Ironwood, Michigan on January 11th, 2014 and be part of the Alexandria Winter Spectacular January 31st and February 1st 2014. The series will have 9 consecutive races, with Race #6 & #7 to be at Alexandria (#6 is a Friday Night Race & #7 is a Saturday Race).
The Winter Spectacular will be “produced and officiated” by the Oval Racers Alliance (ORA). Sponsors also include Drift Racing, Michelob Golden Light Draft, Wahl Brothers Racing, Vintagesleds.com, Trackside Performance, Vintage Sno Pro Series, Karrow Jewelers and Explore Alexandria.
The Grand Marshall for the Alexandria Winter Spectacular snowmobile race will be 1995 Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame inductee and Publisher of SnowTech Magazine Jim Beilke. In 1974, he (and local partner Oliver Buse) established the famous Dayco Holiday Spectacular race that, along with its prestigious Hetteen Cup, became second only to Eagle River in importance during the 1970’s. The race, which continued until 1985, was the site of the introduction of both the Snocross and Formula III racing formats in 1980.
For more information on the race visit www.alexwinterspectacular.com
Below is the Race Flyer: