For a few years in the mid to late 1970’s, International Falls, Minnesota was host to an unofficial snopro race to start the season. The race did not count towards the year-end points, but it was a great way to go test the new sleds and to assess the competition’s new hardware.

At the time, Greg Marier was a test engineer developing the sound control technology used on the stock-class 250/340 TX Starfire racers, so he went along to watch and took some really great, rare photos.

Thank you so much Greg for sharing!

Master mechanic Darrell Courtwright and Jim Bernat’s shiny new 1976 340 SnoPro Machine.
Race back-side photos of Jim’s 340 SnoPro – basically a stock 76 Starfire with the liquid kit motor and some 73 Starfire parts thrown in.
Starting line, International falls, MN December of 1975.
Burt Bassett with Greg Marier, and one of Burt’s stock Starfire racers. #268 is the 250 machine of Wes Pesek. Pesek, Bassett and newcomer Jerry Bunke were tapped to race the new Starfires in the stock and mod-stock classes.
Jim Bernat ready to do battle on his 340.