Loud and proud

■ Vintage sleds will have Megaphone Mania at Aug. 24-26 Grass Drags: Brian Sutton tries to have something new every year in the vintage snowmobile class that he directs at the Outlaw Grass Drags in Princeton, and this time he has planned something loud.

The 19th Annual Outlaw Grass Drags will run Aug. 24-26, once again on the Carl Sanford farm in rural Princeton.

Brian Sutton wasn’t available to speak for this story so his son Alex, 16, stood in, explaining the new event for the vintage snowmobiles class (1985 -older, leaf spring style). Sometime toward midnight on Friday, the opening day of the grass drags, there will be an event called “Megaphone Mania.” It features vintage sleds equipped with tailpipe devices to jack up the sound while racing.

The vintage races at the Outlaw Grass Drags have been growing each year, to where it is getting to be the biggest event, said Alex.

Alex expects about 100 vintage sleds and anticipates seeing many kinds, including old Sno Jets, Scorpions, Arctic Cats, Polaris and more.

The Suttons used to have a 1970 Arctic Cat Panther that Alex described as a big old, well-ridden machine, built like a tank. Alex said it was the first vintage sled he rode. He likes driving vintage sleds in general, because it brings him the feeling that he says riders must have felt when they rode those sleds in their original condition.

The vintage snowmobile racing begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, following registration time at 3-4 p.m. Brian Sutton’s day phone for more info is 1-320-396-2822. The evening phone contact is 1-320-396-3724.

Swap meet

The Outlaw Grass Drags also have a swap meet, where people can buy and sell items related to snowmobiles and ATVs. The www.outlawgrassdrags.com website has a calculator to determine what your fees would be regarding attending or participating in the swap meet.

As far as the racing events, Saturday will have trail stock and NSRA stock classes, and kids pro mod grass drags. New this year will be bracket racing for all makes and models.

Sunday will have NSRA pro class racing, as well as Kitty Kat and 120 cc drags, along with 120 cc oval races.

Other events at this year’s Outlaw Grass Drags will be ATV test runs and trail racing.Many food vendors will be at the site of the Grass Drags and swap meet, which has annually been drawing big crowds.

Directions

General admission for adults is $10, each day, on Friday and Sunday, $15 on Saturday, or $25 for all three days. Children 12-under are free.

People who are planning to watch and not participate, are to go to 3708 Baptist Church Rd, found by taking Rum River Drive North and traveling to just north of the Rum River Drive exit of the Highway 169 bypass north of the city of Princeton.

Racers, swappers and dealers are to go to the other entrance along Mille Lacs County Road 102 which runs north of Highway 95 on the west edge of Princeton. The Grass Drags will be about halfway between Princeton and Long Siding.

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