1996 – December 23 – Volume 24, No. 9
Laketop cross-country racing was one of the darlings of the 1990s, as racers and factories wanted to claim supremacy in a facet that reflected how actual consumers ride. And, the first race of the season was always the Pine Lake 200 in Gonvick, Minnesota. In 1996, Brad Pake barely held off a hard-charging Todd Wolff after a late crash to claim the checkered on his No. 53 Cat, and Snow Week was there to capture the blow-by-blow action in this star-studded race. Read about what Paul Mack’s unintended Superman, Bryan Dyrdahl’s dash through the water, Kirk Hibbert’s podium finish, a young Trevor John’s mastery of the Junior class on a Super Sport and much more. The issue also includes a flashback profile with Mike Trapp looking back at his historic Eagle River victories, coverage of the MRP Snocross in Dresser, Wisconsin, where Aaron Scheele, Per Bergren, Tim Maki, Carl Schubitzke and DJ Eckstrom showed the way in various classes, and more.