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Gabe Farr Competes 2010 Vintage Snowmobile Races

Gabe Farr with Two Racing Sleds

Feb 1, 2018 This post was originally published eight years ago! Hard to believe how fast time flies. Gabe doesn’t race anymore and he has TWO children. Gabe’s insights to the sport and his love of the event still shines through. Look for the next round of Vintage Snowsled Races sponsored by the Long Lake Lions Club on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Registration 8:30am, Hot Laps 10:30am, Racing at 11am. Admission for spectators $10. Kids under 16 are Free!

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. The pond for your GPS can be entered as 1167 Main Street, Long Lake, NY

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.

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.

Gas, food, lodging, friendly folks are the earmark of Long Lake and we make no exception during the Vintage Races.  Please check # or www.vintageicesnowmobileracing.com for more information.

Winter Carnival on January 19th!

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The Long Lake Winter Carnival gets in gear and off the ground on Saturday, January 19th. The event leads off with a Snowmobile Parade and crowning of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s at noon.

The Cardboard Sled Race starts at 1pm and this year there is an added category for racers interested in participating in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Old Forge, Inlet and Indian Lake have all agreed to host a special class just for this regional event. Racers for this event can race in the regular event AND the special class. Racers completing at least three of the four races on the circuits earn points for box decoration and race time and will be awarded the championship in Inlet on February 23rd.

Other events for the Winter Carnival include Adult Golf Drive, 1-shot Basketball, Kids Games, Ladies Frying Pan Toss (a perenial crowd favorite that has people on the edge of their seat) and the Broom Ball Tournament. The day rounds out with a bonfire and fireworks.

The Long Lake Little Bus is available to shuttle folks to and from the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area to ease up the congestion at the Parking Area. For a free ride starting at noon until last call – call 518-323-5000. This bus will shuttle folks around the area as long as it’s in Long Lake.

Rules for the Cardboard Sled Race are listed here.

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Last Vintage Race of 2010

Trailers and Trucks Park on Long Lake's Field

Gabe Farr Waits to Race

Bright beautiful and slushy describes Sunday, March 7th for the final day of the New York State Vintage Snosled races. Brian Farr vigilantly plowed the ice track for several days leading up to the final event, determined to make the track ride able. On Friday the pond boasted 20 inches of ice and according to the guide base on clear, blue, hard ice on no-running waters, that should hold about 25 tons. Of course slush ice is weaker and there was plenty of that as the day wore on.

A snowmobile race in Long Lake elicits winter memories of the 100 miler. The humming noise as the engine revs and the track spins, the smoky haze and familiar smell of snowmobile exhaust all tell a story of adrenaline, competition and passion for speed, the snowmobile race always revered as a Long Lake tradition. The ball field was crowded with trailers hailing from all over New York State. A roster of folks who have been traveling the winter circuit since the middle of January.

Bill and Phyllis Ryan Command Roach Coach Central

Phyllis and Bill Ryan were set up on the Town of Long Lake Roach Coach, grilling food, selling hot dogs and sodas for the Cybercreek Café. Pat Benton, Dick Farr, Ali Hamdan and Michelle Helms gathered at the base of the muddy road leading from the the Long Lake Central School parking lot onto the field collecting ten dollar entry fees.

Pat Benton exclaiming “everyone pays, even if they are racing. It’s a fund raiser for the Lions Club. Everyone has been polite and kind and really pulled together for this event. We are all pleased to see such a great turn out.” Lew Plumley popped down on the field hauling hay bales and orange cones pleased to see a good turnout, exclaiming they had twenty five more racers than the previous race in January. Whispers around the sledding circles spoke of a racer in Warrensburgh who had been injured and one of the races was designated a fundraiser for him, but details were elusive.

Sleds were transported from the field to the ice with ATV’s driven by Devin Freeman and Gregg Wallace with flat plywood trailers to help keep the path from the field to the ice passable. Bleachers were set up overlooking the pond, but the action was on the ice. Over 225 people gathered, pit crews, racers, time keepers, and spectators all gathered to watch the slushiest race of the season.

Racer Ryan Kitchen, Johnny Walker and Karl Turner

Racer Ryan Kitchen, Mr. Anonymous and Karl Turner

Catching up with Ryan Kitchen of Delmar, NY was a breath of fresh air. A junior in High School he exuded calmness and enthusiasm for his new sport. This is Ryan’s first season racing. His first season out of the gate was pretty successful. He hit the circuit in Booneville, Winthrop, Orangeburg as well as Long Lake. He took Home a 1st in Winthrop, a 2nd in Booneville and a 3rd in Long Lake. He rides on number 29 a Merc Trail Twister sled. Today’s race in the 340 Fan stock.

Ryan sported protective gear , covering his chest, knees, shoulders and his helmet. Ryan spoke of his race in Winthrop. “It was a very slushy track and I like to pass on the inside, but the track spins on the slush making it tough to pass on the outside” but he did it, taking home a 1st place win.

Brian Farr, Johnny Walker, Marty LaPlant are all ready acting as advisors, pit crew, and coaches. Gabe Farr, experienced rider, clues Ryan in about the track when he has time, gives hints to Ryan “Gabe tells me where to go, what to do, who not to be next to.“ At the starting line Ryan admits his thoughts go to “not getting cut off, not crashing and trying to pass on the outside” The fastest he’s been clocked this season was 60 mph in Booneville, but he anticipated hitting greater speeds on the Long Lake track this day as the crew changed gearing, making the sled go faster.

Spectators truly get their money’s worth watching the racers avoid crashing into each other and stretching their ham strings maximizing the G-forces as they round curve one. This final race demonstrated the confidence build as the season wore on. The race in January was plagued with a very slick and cold track and the racers were looser, sliding over the track, trying to get a handle on their sleds. This race exuded an air of confidence, racers hitting their stride as they round the corners, the weekends of racing providing lessons and experience that only gels with time.

It’s sad to say goodbye to winter, but we are also very pleased we had one and a great one at that. Our snowmobile trails are no longer being groomed and the ice is going out over outlets and running water and the channels are breaking up. Spring thaw came quickly.

Brian Farr and Mike Ross Talk about the Track

A huge thank you to the Long Lake Lions Club for hosting a great day and to Mike Ross and the organizers of the New York State Vintage Snosled Races. Come out next year, make it a weekend, it is a great fun way to spend the day in Long Lake.

Congrats to Ryan Kitchen and Gabe Farr for an excellent season.

Ryan Kitchen on his Sled

Sleds Prepping for Transport to Ice

Ryan Kitchen (in the helmet) with his Fan Club

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March Madness Begins

Extreme Cold Ice Fishing... Long Lake is way warmer!

Ice Fishing Derby on Sat, March 6th. Kids and adults team up to catch the sweetest, fattest prize of the Winter Season. Fish caught in waters in and around Long Lake are eligible for prizes. Never gone fishin’ in the winter before? Don’t let that stop you. Head down to the Spillway (that’s across from the town beach) Hook up with our fearless members of the Fish n Game club and get outfitted with tip ups, (adults must be licensed) and head out for the catch of the day. Food will be served. Cash prizes including consolation prizes.. just so the kiddies don’t cry (or the parents for that matter)

Sunday, March 6th is the final race of the New York State Vintage Snosled racing circuit. This is truly a ballsy spectator sport. Got fear? You’ll love watching these sleds pound the ice track at speeds of the most heart pumping caliber. Check out the boards to see if you know someone racing. Our own Gabe Farr completes his tour this season. Come out and root for the Long Lake team!

Got snowmobiles. We still have trails alive. Yes we do have some bare spots, but waa waa waa… just do it. So you may hit some bare spots on some well traveled places, just pack the tools and get yinnin’ The season isn’t over yet and Long Lake still offers miles and miles of free, GROOMED trails – thru the woods… best ride in the Adirondacks – if you don’t believe it.. it’s true. Ya dats rite. Love the kick ass thrill of the ride… you’ll still have fun… I promise. If you don’t.. waaa waaa waaa…

Park the trailer at Kickerville Mobil and gear yourself up. Visit all the local eateries, create your own adventure. Chapter one… LL Diner/Owl’s Head Pub.. get the eggs on… bust up the Powerline for a midday treat at Quack’s Long View Wilderness Lodge, do a Chinese fire drill and head back to the oldest working Hotel in the Adirondacks (that’d be the Adirondack Hotel)

Want to hear birds… just go outside. They are starting to sing and even tho Long Lakers eagerly anticipate the onslaught of mud season.. well guess what… Winter is NOT OVAH yet! Go skiing, snowshoing, go sledding… (the Geiger Ice rink is kind of out of commission.. sorry about that.. can’t help the beating sun) but the sledding hill rocks…

Corn on OUT! C You Soon…

Snow Plus Snow

Equals snow. We have it. Wet snow, packed snow. It’s winters February whisper, the wish we had been waiting for back in December to cover our stumps and rocks on our snowmobile trails. It is a huff in midst of a season of expectation.

We have our Adult/Kid Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, March 6th. A team can fish water all around Long Lake. More details will be forthcoming. No registration fee, but cash prizes and a family fun event. Think of it as going to the beach. Bring the grill, the lawn chairs, the kids and instead of towels, bring blankets. Instead of floatie devices, carry tip ups, instead of parking in the lot, hop on the snowmobile to find your point of operations and start a snowmobile tail gate party.

March has been known to be the best recreational winter month… hard to believe as Spring time is due… but rumor has it labeled as the best kept secret of the Adirondacks and thought you should know… we will still be grooming trails.

On another note… my friends snowmobile burned up the other day on Long Lake. He thought his hands were getting really warm from his hand warmers and the next thing you know flames are bursting out from the undercarriage of the sled. He was just past round island. The fire dept chief arrived on scene relieved the sled didn’t melt thru the ice as the DEC would have to be notified. After the excitement died down the sled was retrieved… handlebars the only thing that remains. I don’t know what brand it was, but I do know it had just flipped to 600 miles… so it didn’t get as much wear as it deserved. My advice to anyone traveling… never sled alone!

Superbowl Weekend

Make the plans… get your sleds ready. Now here’s a conumdrum.. I hear.. oh there are 300 sleds over in Raquette over the weekend and the reports of the snowmobile trails are mysterious, but there are great trails between Raquette and Long Lake and they are groomed and open, come on out, send in a report. Raquette trails are groomed and great and so are Long Lake trails, so please check us out! Yes, we can always use more snow and it is falling right now. We need one of those two day blizzards so we can boil up Dinty Moore Stew and gear up for some winter recreation. FYI Lake Eaton Trails are finally open for business.. sure the ride is still a bit bumpy from the rocks and such, but the trees are cleared and it is passable.

If snowmobiling isn’t your thing.. check out the Stewarts Cooking Challenge at the Arts Center In Blue Mt. on Saturday, February 6th It starts at 6pm. Spectators welcome. It involves finding food at Stewarts and making an edible dinner (sounds like everynight at my house)

Saranac Lake kicks off the winter carnival on Friday with the coronation of King and Queen. The lighting of the castle and fireworks are on Saturday, Feb 6th.

Sunday is SUPERBOWL. Buy a square, eat some food, find a cozy spot in one of the many pubs around Long Lake and watch the game… or the commercials.

If you are a man, go to the Stewart’s Cooking Challenge and learn how to make a nice meal for your wife, she could use a break in the kitchen ya know! : ) See you on the flip side, when there is some breaking news!

Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan 16th

Winter Carnival in Long Lake kicks off on Saturday, Jan 16th at Mt. Sabattis.  Sponsored by the Moonlighter’s and the Town of Long Lake.  Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are at the bottom of the schedule.

All Scheduled Events are subject to change!

Bring your Christmas Tree for the Ceremonial Bonfire.

1:00pm- King and Queen Coronation

1:30pm- Cardboard Box Sled Races & Cardboard Box Sled Design Contest – CASH PRIZES

Bonfire Lighting

2:00pm- One-Time Half-Court Basketball Shot Contest

2:30pm- Fire Department Equipment Relay Race

3:00pm- Adult Golf                                                Kid’s Dodgeball-AGES 10 & UP

3:30pm- Women’s Fry Pan Toss                        Kid’s Balloon Chase

4:00pm- Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot

5:00pm- Broom Ball Tournament-Teams of 5 Ages 12 & up

6:30pm- Fireworks

 Food will be served during the afternoon by the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are as follows:

Sled Design Rules
Sled materials: cardboard, tape, paint and wax. – No hardware is permitted (wood, plastic, metal).

Evidence of any “illegal materials” will lead to immediate ridicule.

You may decorate your sled with paint, pictures, flags, etc. Feel free to wear costumes.

Costumes are allowed and are greatly encouraged.

Judging Criteria
The sleds will be judged in two categories: artistic and construction.
The combined scores will be added for an overall score. Please note: costumes may be considered towards the score.
Can’t wait to see you in Long Lake!

Storm Watch

Rules for living in Long Lake.  Leave heat on an ooch higher than normal when leaving for work (in case of power outage)  Strap down all decorations… wind predicted…  Get out all manuals to learn how to put ice on skating rink and make a nice smooth surface.  Dig out all gloves, snowpants, boots, scrapers, shovels.  Appreciate the mini sidewalk snow pusher that clears off the snow… call the snowplow man, naw… I will just walk to work.  Consider investing in snow tires.  List complete.  Now for happenings..

Santa is coming.  check out # for details on sign up etc. 

Reserve week in February for the kids… we are calling it Winter Wacky Week.  Loads of activities to get the kids and adults out of the house and taking advantage of the winter wonderland.  Feb 15-19th special events are planned.

Get the snowmobile ready… watch the lake freeze… okay list is done…

Snowmobile Safety

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Snowmobile Map

Vintage Racing Long Lake

Sledding on Jennings Park Pond Long Lake

With winter comes recreational opportunities Long Lake continues to embrace. We are moving forward and building up our economic strength with our infusion into our snowmobile program including the purchase of a new groomer slated for 2010 if it has board approval.

In addition to continuing to maintain our trails we need to continue to lobby to get our snowmobile trails OFF THE LAKES. This is not a convenience issue, it is a life or death issue.

Each year we invite visitors to sled on our trails and we are encouraged to promote tourism of snowmobiling, but due to regulations and land use limitations we are unable to get these important snowmobile trails off our lakes.

Locally in our town there are those of us who have been personally touched by tragedy and the loss of someone on a lake, whether a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a rescue worker who has worked tirelessly to bring these victims to safety.

We must, as a community accept that snowmobiling is part of our economy, but we need to examine our responsibility as a community and continue to pursue our lawmakers and implore them to get our trails off the lakes. Not only would we be safer, we would finally be opening up promised corridors that would broaden our economic efforts to build winter tourism traffic and inject our local businesses with the much needed jolt and support it needs.

We have fourteen weekends of snowmobile traffic which is 28 days of commerce, but families won’t come here with their young children and put them at risk to sled on a lake.

Please consider writing the following people to lobby for our trails:

Trails in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are:
C8B
C8
C78
C7
S86

Please implore the DEC to open up Sargeants Pond Snowmobile trails to connect Raquette and Long Lake. Get the sleds off of our lakes! Save lives!

Betsy Lowe
Region 5 Director
Ray Brook Headquarters – DEC
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Albany Office
506 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2811

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
District Office
5 Warren Street
Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Plattsburgh Office
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430
Email: little@senate.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman
Teresa R. Sayward
113th Assembly District
DISTRICT OFFICE
7559 Court St. Rm. 203
PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
518-873-3803

Teresa R. Sayward
DISTRICT OFFICE
140 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-4546

Teresa R. Sayward
ALBANY OFFICE
LOB 940
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5565
To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

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