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Bonnechere Cup rolls out

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Racers taking part in the 43rd Bonnechere Cup last year line up before heading out. The 44th edition of the snowmobile races runs throughout the weekend in Eganville..

Racers taking part in the 43rd Bonnechere Cup last year line up before heading out. The 44th edition of the snowmobile races runs throughout the weekend in Eganville..

It is promising to be an exciting weekend in Eganville this weekend for racing fans.

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-18, the Eganville Sno-Drifters will be hosting the 44th annual Bonnechere Cup, where more than 100 of the best riders in the sport of snowmobile racing will be gathering at the Castle Building Centre Ice Oval to push machines and themselves to their limits.

Shawna Clark, Sno-drifters secretary-treasurer, said a great turn out is expected due to the weather forecast, which is projecting mild temperatures throughout the weekend. However, she doesn't expect last year's big meltdown which forced organizers to shorten the last day of racing by several hours.

“The track was breaking up fast, so we held the signature race early while we could do so safely,” Clark said. “We don't anticipate having problems with the track this year.”

One saving grace is temperatures are expected to fall this weekend below the freezing mark at night, she said, which wasn't the case in 2017.

“We'll keep our fingers crossed,” Clark said.

The Bonnechere Cup, a staple since 1974, is being held over three days starting tonight at 7 p.m. with a torchlight parade starting at the Sno-drifters' Clubhouse and heading through Eganville, as drivers riding on ATVs will hold road flares aloft as they drive through the village.

Races begin in earnest 10 a.m. Saturday and 12 noon Sunday. On both days, the next generation of racers will have their chance to take to the track with the running of kids races, starting at noon both days.

For early risers, breakfast at the clubhouse commences at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The signature race, the Bonnechere Cup, takes place around 3 p.m. Everything wraps up around 4 p.m. Sunday, when the Bonnechere Cup is presented to the champion.

Entertainment will be offered at the Sno-Drifters Clubhouse on Friday and Saturday nights. Underclass Heroes performs Friday night at 8 p.m., and on Saturday night, the Ghost Town Cryers will be rocking at 9 p.m.

Friday is free admission. On the weekend, prices are $30 for a weekend pass, $20 for a day pass and $5 a day for youth 11 and under

SUhler@postmedia.com 



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