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September 18, 2009

G-Force Hits the Salt

streamlinerI have been watching this link on PassionYamaha where the journey from Quebec to Utah has been unfolding for the G-Force team and the planned assault on Bonneville. arrivalBetween Coyote (Richard Hotte) and Gilles there are lots of cool pictures and updates however you’ll need to have a basic understanding of French or try the Google translation tool.

coolerToday will be their first test session and they plan to limit the speed to 200mph while they dial everything in to the traction offered by the salt. Sounds like they have already encountered some of the unexpected. Personally I am finding this quite intriguing. I just hope the tracks hold together and the boys returnΒ  home safely.

There was quite a send-off for the team in Coaticook and I understand the Discovery Channel has taken quite an interest in the project. On another note, I was privileged to speak at the OFSC AGM last week in Ottawa, opening their first convention session along with Mark Lester from Supertrax and Claude Aumont from Ontario Tourism. I was please to report that the snowmobile industry in Canada is coming into this fall stable and healthy. From the Federations point of view, permit sales last year were strong and there will not be any increase in the cost this season. They are making good use of the federal grant money available and this organization is still a shining example of how it should be done.

Mark challenged them with the topic of ‘free-ride’ / off trail riding and how it should be viewed by organized snowmobiling with infrastucture in the future. His point; that most young enthusiasts entering the recreation are coming from the X-games, vert-park mentallity and are not attaracted by seeing how many miles they can cover in a day, opposed to doing tricks and challenging themselves off-trail. Mark is a brave man!!

cheers cr

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3 Responses to “G-Force Hits the Salt”

  1. Richard Hotte or Coyote. says:

    Hello Chris and all !!!

    I just see your new blog,Thanks from me, and all Gilles team, This morning i am a the hotel for sending pics. and Hondo is my private driver πŸ˜‰ i hope to see you at Bonneville.

    Coyote.

  2. Chris says:

    Don’t you be teaching Hondo any bad habits!! cr

  3. RV says:

    Hello Chris and all !!!

    I just see your new blog,Thanks from me, and all Gilles team, This morning i am a the hotel for sending pics. and Hondo is my private driver πŸ˜‰ i hope to see you at Bonneville.

    Coyote.


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