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Published February 12, 2011, 05:05 PM

Area Collectors Display Vintage Snowmobiles

For snowmobile lovers, it's a chance to see history. People got a chance Saturday to check out snowmobiles on display on the Greenway in East Grand Forks.

For snowmobile lovers, it's a chance to see history.

Merlyn Werner has been riding snowmobiles since 1968. Collecting them has become quite the obsession.

"My first memory my father bought a new Johnson Ski Horse in 1968 and and it just got to be a family activity back, then whether he would be pulling us on a sled or riding double going places," said Werner.

People got a chance Saturday to check out snowmobiles on display on the Greenway in East Grand Forks and to see how far the industry has come. The oldest sled on display was built in 1967.

"These older machines are pretty crude in respect to newer ones. They are a little harder to ride and not always dependable mechanically compared to the newer ones," said Earl Greendahl, organizer and collector.

"The joke was you ride on it for an hour and you fix it for ten. The newer machines are a lot more comfortable and a lot more user friendly," said Werner.

Werner says an older model snowmobile is a great machine for kids to learn on.

Werner had something unique to bring to the show, a one of a kind snowmobile, a 1968 Sail Master.

"It was a prototype built by Evenrude in 1966, tested for a couple years and it's the only one Evenrude ever made and it's restored to brand-new condition," said Werner.

It's cheaper to restore a snowmobile than a car, so it makes Werner's hobby affordable.

"It's a lot less to restore one of these. All the paint and all the paint codes are still available, so it's a lot of fun," said Werner.

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