Ski-Doo 50th Anniversary Celebrations


2009 GRAND PRIX SKI-DOO DE VALCOURT PROMISES TO BE MEMORABLE  with the Ski-Doo 50th Anniversary to Be Centre Stage at the 27th Edition.

A memorable 27th edition where Ski-Doo’s 50thAnniversary celebrations will be centre stage on February 20, 21 and 22, this is the event the organizers of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt, invited snowmobilers and motorsports fans to attend during a press conference, held yesterday at the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Museum in the heart of the world’s snowmobile capital. On the occasion, veteran driver Jacques Villeneuve sidelined by injuries the last two years and expected to be back on the circuit Yvon Duhamel iced oval in three weeks, SCM snocross series driver Maxime Taillefer, from Laval and CMRC-Québec motorcycle driver Francis Martin were on attendance.

’On a racing standpoint, the fans will again be treated greatly, promised Denis Leclerc, President of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt. We will honour our tradition of bringing to Valcourt only the best drivers in the world. Our team has done everything possible to offer them nothing but optimal conditions, both on the iced oval and on the snocross course. These conditions will be up to our reputation as Canada’s most important winter motorsports event. As for the fans attending, they can again rely on our first class installations and the undisputed hospitality of the Valcourt population, remaining so pride of its Grand Prix on its 27thyear”, said also Mr Leclerc.

Jacques Villeneuve, Maxime Taillefer and Francis Martin are only three of the one hundred and fifty North-American drivers expected in Valcourt, February 20, 21 and 22 for the program featuring snowmobile and motorcycle races on the iced oval and snocross events on the beautiful snow-covered course nested in the centre of the oval track.

The highlight of this exciting weekend will be without a doubt the Amsoil ISOC Snocross Championship program, featuring the aces of snocross, the same drivers seen lately at the famous X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The Pro Open and Pro Super Stock races scheduled for this sixth leg of the popular North American championship will bring on course current series leader Tucker Hibbert (X-Games gold medalist), against fellow American and most challenging Ski-Doo driver Robbie Manilowski (X-Games silver medalist) and Québec’s David Allard (X-Games sixth), Mathieu Morin (X-Games tenth) and Tim Tremblay. On the iced oval, Jacques Villeneuve sr. will have as main opponents in Champ 440, the main event, Manitoba’s Brian Bewcyk, Eagle River World Champion last two year and Dustin Wahl, from Minnesota, last year’s winner in Valcourt.

Fans will also enjoy the annual Ontario/Québec/New England snocross match-up where Québec’s Dave Asselin, Maxime Taillefer, Dany Poirier and Katejun Koonishnish are to watch, and the fifteen snowmobile and motorcycle finals on the oval. Finally, another spectacular element of the program will be the freestyle contest featuring the Monster Energy Slednecks Invasion Tour and the exciting Paul Thacker, Sam Rogers, Matt Tingsted and Steve Martin.

Ski-Doo 50th Anniversary celebrations and more 

Since its beginning, the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt has always integrated to its program a number of festivities for the whole family and for snowmobilers. The 27th edition will not be short of such events, thanks to the co-operation of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Museum for a very special portion of the program celebrating Ski-Doo Golden Jubilee.

Snowy winters, that’s what we like in Valcourt. They did not only let our community be part of Ski-Doo history’s greatest moments over the last fifty years, they also let us host the snowmobile fraternity for over a quarter century now, said Denis Leclerc. It seems like for this anniversary year, Mother Nature has decided to support our dedicated volunteers and our partners and offer to our visitors magnificent scenery and great trails.”

Indeed, a special program has been planned to celebrate Ski-Doo 50thAnniversary and the highlight is a special thematic exhibition at the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Museum. Visiting the exhibition at no charges during the Grand Prix days, attendees will be introduced to “50 years of passion and emotion”, the story of Ski-Doo snowmobiles. A parade and an exhibition of antique Ski-Doo sleds in the streets of Valcourt and at Circuit Yvon Duhamel are also on the schedule. On this special occasion, BRP will also introduce his 2010 models and hold demo rides.

There is an important new twist this winter at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt with activities over two weekends. The organizers are devoting Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14 to the family. Saturday promises to be a fun day for youngs and olds alike showing up at the Valcourt golf course. There, theDesjardins Village and the IGA Gaouette Pavilion will host many activities. The day before, on Friday the 13th evening, skaters will have enjoyed circling around the circuit Yvon Duhamel oval, a week before the racers take possession of the site. During this first weekend, the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Museum will also be open free of charge to the visitors. Another must see at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt remains the CoopTel show scheduled for the last Saturday. This year, on the evening of February 21 at the local arena, spectators will enjoy the music of the legendary Québec’s blues band “Offenbach” and of Jonas, the energitic rock singer from Montréal.

Tickets for the 27th Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt are currently on sale. Prices range from $10.00 for general admission on Friday, to $130.00 for a weekend access to a heated trackside suite. General admission tickets are at $55.00 for the entire weekend and $ 20.00 daily, for both Saturday and Sunday. All prices in Canadian currencies include taxes. One’s can order now at the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt ticket office opened from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday at 1 866 532-7543. Packages including accommodations are also offered. More details are available at www.grandprixvalcourt.com

Located a short 25 miles northwest of Sherbrooke, Québec, Valcourt is one and half hour away from Montréal and less than two and a half hours away from Plattsburg, New York, Burlington or Montpelier, Vermont and Laconia, New Hampshire.