The Spectacular Tradition Continues

January 15, 2016    //    Explore Alexandria

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If you were around from 1974 to 1985, you may remember a legendary snowmobile race in Alexandria called the Dayco Holiday Spectacular. It started in 1974 by Alexandria native, magazine publisher and Snowmobile Hall of Famer Jim Beilke . At the time most of the snowmobile races were held in Wisconsin, Michigan, West Yellowstone, Canada and many parts of the east coast. Since Minnesota is home to two of the biggest snowmobile manufacturers, Jim thought there needed to be a professional snowmobile race here. The Alexandria snowmobile race tradition began on December 28th 1974, and the legacy began!

Founder Jim Beilke
Founder Jim Beilke

 

One of the first Holiday Spectacular events
One of the first Holiday Spectacular events

In 1985 the annual races came to an end, and the winter race track at the Douglas County Fairgrounds remained frozen in time for decades.…until now! The snowmobile races in Alexandria, MN are back after a 30 year hiatus for its third straight year! Don’t miss the tradition and excitement in Alexandria on January 29th and 30th during The Winter Spectacular at the Viking Speedway’s High Flyin’ Half Mile!

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The action has been described as “watching jet fighters in a gymnasium”, as you can see in the video below from the 2015 event. Most of the racers get to speeds around 100 mph! That will definitely get your blood pumping! There is a covered grandstand to watch all the action, plus there will be a HEATED Beer Garden and Vendor area with food and refreshments!

Grandstands
Grandstand crowd in 2014. Photo by Cricket Prints

 

Snowmobile racing
Photo by Cricket Prints

The Winter Spectacular has a long history of fond memories and excitement. We are happy to welcome back the tradition for its third year after the hiatus. Make sure to check out The Winter Spectacular website for information on race classes, driver profiles and much more!

Winter Spectacular
Photo by Cricket Prints

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc2URpDivjY

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