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Cochrane history: Snowmobile races on Lillabelle Lake in February, 1993

Unlike this year, the 1992-93 snowmobiling season around Cochrane was a good one.

A new event that year is the focus of this year’s local history feature.

The February 10th, 1993 edition of the Northland Post contains a report of the massively popular first attempt at races on Lillabelle Lake.

Cars were lined up on both sides of the road along the lake, all the way to Genier Road.  Some racers missed the event because of a tractor-trailer pile-up on Highway 11 that wasn’t cleaned up in time for them to get to the starting line.

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The crowd of spectators was estimated at 600 people, who watched 80 racers from across the north compete in several classes.

Thanks to the Cochrane Public Library for providing its archives for our weekly look at history.

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