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The Future of Oval Racing (or Just Another Sideshow)?


Thanks to the slednecks over at, my eyes were opened to this concept "sit in" oval race sled conceived and built by oval guru John Hooper.

I can't help but think of Gilles Villeneueve, Alouette, Manta, Ski-Doo twin-trackers and other interesting sleds that have have carved a unique niche (while slicing away the very elements that we think of as "normal").

The future of oval racing...or just the latest in a long line of sideshows?

Personally, I believe that when you remove the "active" rider element of what constitutes a snowmobile, it's no longer a snowmobile as most of us see it. And it will thus become a sideshow.

Call me a crackhead, but if the goal is less expensive oval racing that will attract more racers, more spectators and perhaps more factory involvement, then I say the future of oval racing is snow ovals, rather than ice.

But clearly there are people far more involved with oval racing than I (and who are dang smart) who believe this new Hooper Outlaw 600 is something BIG.

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Comments (9):

Eric Bergstrom says:
3/29/2011 7:25:00 PM

Crazy looking machine, and Sweet sound on that video!! I know little about oval racing, but it's cool to see new ideas actually being put to test!
Todd Ulschmid says:
3/29/2011 9:48:00 PM

The "World of Outlaws" just hit the ice...
mike L says:
3/29/2011 10:30:00 PM

I think it could use a set of sprint car wings... wicked!
Dulpher says:
3/30/2011 8:05:00 AM

The echo off the trees when he lets off the throttle is awesome! Its sweet music...even if it is a Po Po engine.
Alex says:
3/30/2011 10:27:00 AM

looks like were getting back into ice ovals, that thing is crazy fast, whicked in the corners.
Chase says:
3/30/2011 7:02:00 PM

kinda reminds me of go kart racing. haha but this is super cool
matt says:
3/31/2011 12:32:00 PM

Oval racing started to die when people got bored with twin trackers. Its resurgence came when the people could relate to a single track that slightly reminded them of their own ride. Sorry, this will never make it.
Alley Cat says:
4/1/2011 10:05:00 AM

Boy!.. I say Boy!!! That thing ain't never gonna fly.
RON says:
10/6/2011 10:24:00 AM

if it stays affordable it will attract a tremendous amount of locals who want nothing more than to race at local tracks that doesn,t kill them to take the whole family to a weekend event we look forward to watching the growth and who knows we might see you on the track.

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