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


(3/29/2011)

Thanks to the slednecks over at SledRacer.com, 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.

Click to read a string of posts on SnowGoer.com.



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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