I remember the last time we coordinated a snowmobile aerial show at the Pepsi Center in Corner Brook. It was a phenomenal experience that was enjoyed by nearly everyone in the city â€“ riders, coordinators, sponsors, attendeesâ€¦. Everyone! Surprisingly, the most awestruck that weekend was Jimmy â€˜Blazeâ€™ Fejes â€“ and it really had little to do with his show finale and the first back flip ever performed on a snowmobile in Newfoundland.
On their last morning I was driving Jimmy to the Deer Lake Airport to catch his return flight. He hardly said a word â€“ which was unusual for a man whose livelihood is largely dependent on his athletic prowess and an especially exuberant personality. Fifteen minutes into the drive I had to ask if everything was alright. â€œAndrewâ€¦.â€ He says while shaking his head â€“ â€œWeâ€™ve never experienced anything like this in our entire life. Weâ€™ve done these shows everywhere in the world and never received that kind of response – this degree of hospitality and appreciation. The crowd was amazing and their accolades were overwhelming! I mean, I signed 31 breasts last night Andrew!â€ To which I of course queried â€“ â€œHowâ€™d you end up signing an odd number Jimmy?â€ â€œNo Andrew,â€ he says â€œ31 sets â€“ I wrote Jimmy up one side and Blaze down the other!â€
Yes I guess you could say it was one heck of an night â€“ but in retrospect itâ€™s not really that surprising. If thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™ve observed in my travels it would have to be the depth of Newfoundlandâ€™s snowmobile culture. No matter where you head, be it Revelstoke, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, anywhere really â€“ you just wonâ€™t find a crowd so dialed in to the snowmobile mindset as you will here on the island. Head out anywhere in the province and all youâ€™ll hear are exhaust cans; nearly everyone has a set of riser blocks and a set of aftermarket bars, there is an inundation of Sled Necks, Monster and Red Bull apparel, and a stock track is nearly nonexistent. Make no wonder the Pepsi Center in Corner Brook were so anxious for us to coordinate another snowmobile freestyle show at the stadium.
As I often like to remind the crowd on the mainland. We donâ€™t receive guests very often and when we do itâ€™s an excuse to party. Can you imagine the celebration were going to have with the â€˜Get Cracking Ski-Dooâ€™ Tour on Saturday, February 13? Weâ€™ve got 4 of the top X Games athletes lined up for this event and with all hands busting their latest and greatest tricks, this promises to be a show you wonâ€™t want to miss!
See you at the Pepsi Center â€“ Saturday, Feb 13th at 7:00pm â€“ doors open at 6:00
Sweat Your Brains Out!