Inaugural Maine North Woods Sno-X Challenge set for Historic Pittston Farm
at East Coast Snocross, Presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR
CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Dec. 11, 2015) – It’s no secret the Great State of Maine has some of the finest snowmobile trails in the entire country. It’s also home to some of the most remote, untouched wilderness areas east of the Rockies, a fact which pleases all kinds of snowmobile enthusiasts.
Officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are excited to announce an event that will bring trail riders and race fans together in one of Maine’s most scenic spots. The inaugural Maine North Woods Sno-X Challenge is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, at Historic Pittston Farm in Rockwood.
“This will be the first event of its kind where 90% of the spectators come by snowmobile, and we couldn’t be happier about that fact,” series owner Kurt Gagne said. “The number of sleds that stop at Pittston Farm for a delicious lunch while enjoying some world-class riding in that area is amazing. We’re going to provide two days of high-flying action for a big crowd right there snowmobile heaven.”
Pittston Farm served as a logging camp in Maine’s famous Moosehead Lake region from 1908 to the early 1970s. It has been a sporting lodge since purchased from Great Northern Paper Company in the early 1990s, and now has a stellar reputation among sportsmen unsurpassed in the east.
“We’re carrying on a rich tradition of hosting those who love to fish, hunt and enjoy the great outdoors,” facility co-owner Jennifer Mills said. “If it wasn’t for snowmobilers, we couldn’t get by up here in the winter. We’re blessed with a beautiful trail system, and my husband Guy and I groom on a regular basis. To have sanctioned snocross coming up has us very excited. We hope folks will plan to come riding a few days before the race and enjoy all the Maine North Woods region has to offer.”
A number of groups are coming together to make this inaugural non-points Challenge race at Pittston Farm uniquely appealing. Unlike most standard points-paying race weekends, the racing is only part of the show. Fans need to plan on an all-day outing, with a host of food and product vendors on hand, trail Groomer demonstrations, radar runs, a display by the Maine Warden Service, and a fine display of vintage/antique snowmobiles to view and enjoy.
ECS might just set an event record for entries in its popular Trail Stock class at Pittston Farm, since local club members are planning to compete. The Trail class is the ideal place for aggressive trail riders to test their skills on a race course specifically designed for snocross. A rivalry is building between clubs in Jackman, Greenville and points beyond to see which group can earn top honors.
One noteworthy benefit to the inaugural Maine North Woods Sno-X Challenge at Pittston Farm its potential economic impact. As race teams, trail riders who plan to attend the races, and other spectators descend on the greater Moosehead Lake area, they’ll make a significant contribution to local cash registers with lodging, fuel and meals purchases.
East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed Pro teams.