Winter racing heads to Cormorant, Minnesota for the first ever Turf Wars winter event on December 18.
Event organizers plan to stage a full winter day of drag racing on snow, as drivers compete in more than a dozen different racing classes for trophies and bragging rights. Event organizer and co-owner Luke Eggebraaten said the excitement around snowmobiling and winter recreation in this part of Minnesota made planning a winter racing event an easy decision.
“Not only do we do snowmobile drag racing, but we also have an ATV class, we have an open mod class and a side-by-side class,” Eggebraaten said. “It will be a full day of racing again, and it will be a lot of fun. I think the photos and video will be really cool with the snow.”
Also during the group’s first winter racing event, a female racing class will be available for the first time during a Turf Wars event. Eggebraaten added that they came up with the idea for the social media group, Sled Girlz, which focuses on “encouraging and empowering female cyclists in a sport dominated by men”, according to the group’s Facebook page. .
“We used to have the kids class, we used to have all the different classes with the different ccs and stuff, and now we’re adding this girls-only class, which I think will be great because we’ve had a lot of female racers before, and now just having a girls-only class where they can race against each other, I think that’s going to be really exciting,” he said.
The event is open to the public and costs:
- $10 for adults
- $5 for children under 12
- $40 for race entry, plus $20 per additional race class
- $10 for race registration for children under 10
- $5 per trial
Eggebraaten also said the winter event will be a bit ‘trial and error’ as it is their first event held during the coldest part of the year, but he is confident they are ready. as their summer events went well. Warm-up stations will be located on the property for the event and, he said, there should also be a few fire pits. They can also allow spectator vehicles right to the edge of the track so attendees can stay in their hot cars and watch the drag race like a drive-in movie if the weather gets unbearably cold.
The racing classes for the event are:
Vintage: 1980 and before
open mountain bike
Mountain Sledding 154+
“To be honest, I think the winter event, if not this event, maybe in the future it will be more important than the summer event because of the presence of all the snowmobile racers and with Arctic Cat and Polaris and all around the area, I just know winter turf wars are going to be a big deal,” Eggebraaten said.
Doors and registration open at 6:30 a.m. at the Sherbrooke Turf. Race registration closes at 9:30 a.m. and races begin at 10 a.m. Organizers expect the races to end by sunset.