December 11, 2018

Sno*Drift rally slides into Lewiston

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LEWISTON — The annual two-day racing event Sno* Drift is entering Montmorency County Jan. 26-27, and area residents will have a chance to see some fast-car action.

Sno*Drift Public Relations Director Alex Berger said the event is the only rally that is 100 percent snow and ice, and the race will feature many types of cars.

“We are looking to have 40-45 teams this year,” he said. “It will be from all-wheel-drive Subarus down to two-wheel drive Honda Civics. Some of the front-runners will hit over 100 mph.”

Sno* Drift begins Friday, Jan. 26, and the first car starts at 1-2 p.m. The event begins in downtown Lewiston and races through Friday night with a stop at Atlanta High School for servicing.

Sno*Drift is hosted by Rally America and is organized by Sno*Drift Rally, Inc. and will feature multiple races over the two days, along with Sno and Drift regional rallies.

He said there will be many spots for spectators to watch the races, and Saturday afternoon at the gravel pit there will be warm food and a place to watch the nonstop racing.

“We are going to have a larger tent at the gravel pit this year,” Berger said. “It’s a great time.”

The two-day event will have 15 stages at 110 miles. Sno will cover eight stages in 50 miles Friday, and drift will cover seven stages in 70 miles Saturday.

He said some years Sno*Drift experiences upward of 50 drivers and sometimes that number is down to 35. Registration for the event started Dec. 1 and there are currently 11 drivers registered for the race.

“We get more by the end of the year — usually after Christmas,” he said.

This is Berger’s first year participating in Sno*Drift but he has prior experience in summer races.

“Rallies in general are a good rush,” he said. “It’s a tough thing to do — to read the road and keep going fast. It’s a challenge. Going quick is going to be a lot harder to do here than the summer events.”

The event kicks off Friday, Jan. 26, in Atlanta and finishes at the Hillman Community Center Jan. 27.

“I think it’s the best hidden secret in Northern Michigan,” Berger said. “Not a lot of people have heard much about it but once they come and see it — they really love it.”

“We are one of the best-rated rallies and we’ve received a lot of support and positive feedback about the event,” he added.

The event is free for spectators to attend.

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