January 17, 2010 will mark the arrival of the Northern New York Vintage Snosled Races in Long Lake on Jennings Park Pond with races commencing at noon.
Gabe Farr, a native Long Laker, has been racing vintage sleds for over ten years and boasts several trophies and a few seasons back he garnered title of Driver of the Year. Gabe is married to his wife Kami and they have one child, Griffin who Gabe hopes will eventually carry on the family tradition. When not racing the circuit, Gabe works for the New York State Electric and Gas Company.
Gabe owns four sleds: 1976 440 Liquid Cooled Mercury Sno Twister, 1975 440 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister, 1975 340 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister and a 1975 340 Fan-cooled Mercury Trail Twister.
This year Gabe will travel to the World Championships in Eagle River, Wisconsin on January 6th. His pit crew includes: his father Brian Farr, in charge of motor and engine work and Johnny Walker, handler of fuel, antifreeze and suspensions. He relies on the talents of his Dad and Johnny to pull him through the grueling schedule. It is clearly a team effort and Gabe attributes his successes to the dedication of the entire group.
Gabe trains on Jennings Park Pond as soon as the ice is thick enough to plow and groom. He races between eight and twelve times a year mainly on the Northern New York circuit.
Gabe admits his favorite place to sled is on the smaller tracks. They may not be as fast, but do require more driver skill. The fastest he has ever been clocked was on a flooded track in Booneville at 76 mph, but his sleds are geared for up to 100mph.
Gabe races three of his four sleds in two classes for a total of six races in each competition. There are three lap heats and five lap finals for each race. Gabe states his training consists of practicing on the loop on the pond as often as possible which helps build his stamina and hones his skill. This year Ryan Kitchen will ride one of Gabe’s sleds for his first time in the competitive circuit.
Saturday, January 16th is the Long Lake Winter Carnival with games and fireworks and culminates with the Vintage Snosled Races on Sunday, January 17th. Come on out and support Gabe Farr and Ryan Kitchen.
Sunday, March 7th is the last scheduled race on the circuit, also held in Long Lake.
The Long Lake Lions Club works with the NNYVSR to bring the races to town, filling the long missed gap of the 100 Miler a notorious racing event from years past. The Lions Club offers a variety of food and snacks from the Roach Coach. Need a break from the cold, come on in, do some shopping and grab a bite at one of our local restaurants.