Red Parka Pub World Championship Downhill Tricycle Grand Prix
Sun, Sep 16
Contact Person: George Obrien at the Red Parka Pub
Join us at Bear Peak on Sunday, September 16 for a day of thrills and spills on the country's most challenging downhill tricycle course. Compete solo, race as a team, or watch the action from the deck of the Bear's Den.
Proceeds to the Dewey Mark/Red Parka Scholarship Fund. Helmets are required, bring your own helmet and trike or we have plenty available to use that day. All competitors must be 21 or older, but all ages are welcome to watch and cheer racers on to the finish. The Bear's Den will be open serving up burgers, beverages, and more.
MORE DETAILS TO COME
Some people in the Parka the other night were asking how tricycle racing came to the Valley. It’s an interesting story so I’ll share it here.
In late 2008, Vladimir “Boom Boom” Ignewkowski came to New England to ski, and, as many skiers do, he wound up in the Parka one night. Some older readers may remember Boom Boom from the seventies when he gained fame as the premier Grand Prix tricycle racer on the European circuit. After winning three world championships, Boom Boom was seriously injured in a freak training accident. He left racing, quit training freaks, and retired to his vast estate in Lichtenstein where he concentrated on raising spaghetti. His spring harvests were among the most productive in the world. Having amassed a vast fortune in pasta farming, Ignewkowski came to the New World in search of new challenges.
After a night of too much fun in the Pub, Boom Boom saw a need and desire for his erstwhile sport here. He imported a fleet of super-modified tricycles, scouted venues, and, in partnership with the Red Parka, began what is now a New England tradition: the High-Speed Super-Modified Downhill Tricycle Grand Prix. The race is now being run at Bear Peak on a course that was homologated by Ignewkowski himself, and, this year, will draw world class racers from as far away as the Czech Republic and Chesea.