2017-02-16 / Happenings

Fifth Fast Eddie’s biggest yet

Text and photos by Thomas Reznich


A CHANCE TO RACE Eddie Korbinski, organizer of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race, poses on his 1976 Ski Doo RV after a race against his daughter, Nicole. Nicole won the race on a 1975 Ski Doo RV. A CHANCE TO RACE Eddie Korbinski, organizer of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race, poses on his 1976 Ski Doo RV after a race against his daughter, Nicole. Nicole won the race on a 1975 Ski Doo RV. The fifth Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race, held Feb. 11 and 12 on Houghton Lake’s East Bay, was the biggest so far, according to organizer Eddie Korbinski.

Korbinski said that 163 vintage and classic sleds showed up this year, and there were over 200 entries in Satur­day’s races. A special vintage sled run on Saturday raised over $260 for cancer patient Megan Pachorek of St. Helen, and this year’s Bikini Radar Run had three participants and raised over $300 for cancer patient Wendy Sebert of Roscommon.

“Next year’s show is already being planned,” said Korbinski, who said he’s aiming for the second weekend of Feb­ruary, 2018 for the sixth annual event.



VINTAGE HEAD TO HEAD A Mercury Snow Twister (right) has some ground to make up against a Yamaha SRX during a vintage snowmobile drag race at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay Saturday afternoon. The race was one of over 100 held during the day Saturday. VINTAGE HEAD TO HEAD A Mercury Snow Twister (right) has some ground to make up against a Yamaha SRX during a vintage snowmobile drag race at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay Saturday afternoon. The race was one of over 100 held during the day Saturday.

YAMAHA LOVERS (Left to right) John Culp of Clio, Doc Fang of Clarkston and Phil Thomas of Owosso talk Yamahas at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay Feb. 11. Many other types of vintage sleds were among the 163 that were on display at this year’s show. YAMAHA LOVERS (Left to right) John Culp of Clio, Doc Fang of Clarkston and Phil Thomas of Owosso talk Yamahas at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay Feb. 11. Many other types of vintage sleds were among the 163 that were on display at this year’s show.

TAKING IT FOR CHARITY Rebecca Allen, 29, of Ubly, takes a Ski Doo TNT down the drag strip in her bathing suit during Sunday’s Bi­kini Radar Run as part of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race. Organizer Eddie Korbinski said the bikini run raised over $300 for cancer patient Wendy Sebert of Roscommon. Also taking the frigid 660-foot (one way) ride were Kimberly Wilson, 30, of South Haven, and Jessica Warner, 29, of Beaverton. TAKING IT FOR CHARITY Rebecca Allen, 29, of Ubly, takes a Ski Doo TNT down the drag strip in her bathing suit during Sunday’s Bi­kini Radar Run as part of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race. Organizer Eddie Korbinski said the bikini run raised over $300 for cancer patient Wendy Sebert of Roscommon. Also taking the frigid 660-foot (one way) ride were Kimberly Wilson, 30, of South Haven, and Jessica Warner, 29, of Beaverton.

SKI WHIZ TROUBLE A 1969 Ski Whiz belonging to John Lenton of Ubly had participants in Saturday’s Fast Eddie’s Vintage Sled Ride cooling their heels in the parking lot of the Spikehorn Restaurant and Lounge Saturday afternoon. The ride raised over $260 for cancer patient Megan Pachorek of St. Helen. After a whole lot of pulling by Lenton and a few of his fellow riders, the old Ski Whiz finally got rolling, and made it back to the site of the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay, although Lenton said it suffered a blown head gasket on the way. The sled was one of 163 vintage and classic sleds to show up for this year’s event, according to organizer Eddie Korbinski. SKI WHIZ TROUBLE A 1969 Ski Whiz belonging to John Lenton of Ubly had participants in Saturday’s Fast Eddie’s Vintage Sled Ride cooling their heels in the parking lot of the Spikehorn Restaurant and Lounge Saturday afternoon. The ride raised over $260 for cancer patient Megan Pachorek of St. Helen. After a whole lot of pulling by Lenton and a few of his fellow riders, the old Ski Whiz finally got rolling, and made it back to the site of the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay, although Lenton said it suffered a blown head gasket on the way. The sled was one of 163 vintage and classic sleds to show up for this year’s event, according to organizer Eddie Korbinski.

HONORING AMERICA Sierra Vass, 15, a freshman at Houghton Lake High School, belts out the national anthem to get the day’s racing started at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Hough­ton Lake’s East Bay Saturday afternoon. Vass is flanked by Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Richardson (left) and Pastor Bryan Thompson of Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church. HONORING AMERICA Sierra Vass, 15, a freshman at Houghton Lake High School, belts out the national anthem to get the day’s racing started at the fifth annual Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snowmobile Show and Race on Hough­ton Lake’s East Bay Saturday afternoon. Vass is flanked by Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Richardson (left) and Pastor Bryan Thompson of Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church.

MINI Z RACERS (Left to right) Easton Hess, 7, and Jadyn Bair, 10, both of Beaverton, take off in the Mini Z race on Sunday as their fathers/pit crews, Mike Hess and John Bair, take video of the event with their phones. The result of the race, held the second day of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snow­mobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay, was inconclusive due to a timing problem. MINI Z RACERS (Left to right) Easton Hess, 7, and Jadyn Bair, 10, both of Beaverton, take off in the Mini Z race on Sunday as their fathers/pit crews, Mike Hess and John Bair, take video of the event with their phones. The result of the race, held the second day of Fast Eddie’s Vintage Snow­mobile Show and Race on Houghton Lake’s East Bay, was inconclusive due to a timing problem.

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