38 Snowmobile VERMONT I started snowmobiling in October 1967 after watching a neighbor riding around the neighborhood on a 1967 Ski-Doo Olympic. He had problems keeping it upright and after being thrown off a few times he called it quits and put a For Sale sign on it. I offered him 125 and he quickly accepted. That 1967 Ski Doo Olympic with 18 HP bogie wheels was fast for the time and could now be considered a vibratory aid for arthritis. It was very dependable but a challenge to pull start with a clutch that needed a disassembly after a few rides to apply Never Seize to lubricate the engaging dogs. Soon after purchasing the Ski-Doo another neighbor Gus Gosselin invited me to go for a short ride in Windy Wood area. We headed out and soon arrived at a small brook. Gus gunned his Moto Ski lifting the front skis and jumped clearing to the opposite side. I tried to duplicate his feat but let go of the throttle while in the air and crash-landed with the skis stuck in the opposite bank. This lesson of being a novice and Gus having more experience taught me that I had a lot to learn about snowmobiling. After riding more with Gus we decided to form a club and the Barre Sno-Bees was born the same year as VAST. We both became charter members. I served the Sno-Bees as Trailmaster Secretary and Treasurer from 1967 to 1995. I groomed trails with a Wayne variety of equipment including my own sled with homemade drag Ski-Doo Alpine 1968 Tucker with our custom made drag 1980 Tucker and a 1989 PistenBully with a 10-foot drag. Over the years I have owned 28 different sleds of Ski Doo Arctic Cat Kawasaki Yamaha and even one Wankel. With my wife Rene a rider and later my sons Paul Mike it meant that I was the mechanic fueler and chief starter before each ride needless to say with the cranky Tillotson Walbro carburetors I was already pooped before the four of us were dressed and ready to ride My favorite sled was the Arctic Cat Panther. It was my first sled with slide suspension after riding so many years of rough riding bogie wheels. In later years the Ski- Doo long track and Arctic Cat were my dependable machines. My all time favorite Snow Sage neighborhood on a 1967 Ski-Doo quickly accepted. That 1967 Ski Doo wheels was fast for the time and could now be considered Tucker with our custom made drag 1980 Tucker and a 1989 PistenBully with a 10-foot drag. Over the years I have owned 28 different sleds of Ski Doo Arctic Cat Kawasaki Yamaha and even one Wankel. With my wife Rene a rider and later my sons Paul Mike it meant that I was the mechanic fueler and chief starter before each ride needless to say with the cranky Tillotson Walbro carburetors I was already pooped before the Pelkey Grooming with our new 28000 1980 Tucker. I always installed needed trail signs and cut trail imposing branches. Other groomers said I was slow but I never left a broken groomer on the trail It was minus 20 degrees at the 1970 Ride-in at Lake Morey. My new 1970 Ski Doo Nordic cost 725 and my 1969 Walls snowmobile suit was 60.