Meet the 2018 ISHOF Class of Inductees

We are honored to officially announce the annual inductees to the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame as part of the new Class of 2018. For nearly 30 years, this prestigious Hall of Fame honor is bestowed upon the incoming class of annual recipients in recognition for their achievements for the sport of Snowmobiling
Let’s Meet the ISHOF Class of 2018 Inductees:
Dave Guenther - Volunteer from Breezy Point, Minnesota
Dave’s fascination with snowmobiles started way back in 1963 when he was in first grade. Then in 1970 his family bought their first snowmobile. After wearing out four motors on that sled, Dave bought his first snowmobile while still in High School.

He grew up in Minnesota, at that time the hotbed of snowmobile manufacturing. It allowed him to associate with many icons of the new sport, establish lasting friendships with them and become very knowledgeable about the new sport that was sweeping the country.
Dave Guenther
Soon the “antique” bug infected him. His first, a 1964 Trailmaker, soon led him on a journey and mission that continues today to sustain the history of the sport through the preservation of the machines that created the sport.

Dave was instrumental in the formation of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA), has served every office in the club, including nine years as President and 20 years as editor of the newsletter, He has been a safety instructor for 20+ years and was the 2010 Instructor of the Year for the Minnesota DNR.

With a never ending passion for snowmobiling, he has created, organized and managed numerous snowmobile shows throughout the state and has been honored with numerous awards for his snowmobile and civic achievements.

For his 55 years of unselfish promotion and support of the sport, Dave Guenther is now being inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

Curt Kennedy - Volunteer from Salt Lake City, Utah
Curt’s exposure to snowmobiling started in 1986. By 1992 he was heavily involved with the Utah Snowmobile Association (USA) and has become the backbone of that organization.
Curt Kennedy
He is known as the expert on public land use issues and economic analysis of the importance of snowmobiling to rural communities in Utah. He lists his most favorable experiences as Director of Public Lands for USA and has 15 years of dedicated and unassuming service to that organization. Many times he has demonstrated the “voice of reason” when working to resolve sensitive land use issues.

Among his many achievements are service to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) as treasurer for five years, assisted in founding the Avalanche Center, writing 15 different ISMA grants totaling $67,000 to be used for medial support of snowmobiling in Utah, directing the 2005 ISC and orchestrating a State Economic Impact Study.

Curt received the Snowmobiler of the Year award from USA in 2003-04 for his untiring efforts to promote and grow snowmobiling in the state of Utah. His list of accomplishments fills many pages. Always the dedicated, talented and ever humble person, he has traveled the state and nation at his own expense. Even when funds were available.

While he is stepping away from all these snowmobile activates and organizations to enjoy some retirement, Curt Kennedy is now being fittingly rewarded for a lifetime of service to the sport with his induction into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.
Stan Slack - Volunteer from Nova Scotia, Canada
Known there as the “Gentleman of Snowmobiling”, Stan Slack has been an integral part of the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) for almost 40 years. He has served nine of those years as President and was a major factor in growing SANS from six clubs with 300 members to 21 clubs with over 2,400 family members.

He has created or chaired numerous programs and projects whose success can be attributed to Stan’s initiative and guidance. These successes include trail development, youth programs and promotions, trail signing, charity events, club development and trail grooming projects.
Stan Slack
Stan has given freely and without hesitation his time and talents to represent snowmobilers on the local, province and international levels. His vision built SANS and he continues to provide the leadership and dynamic vision that leads the organization.

Among these many accomplishments are: founding member of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, initiated the SANS User Pay Trail Permit System, instrumental in helping set up the Off-Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund and created the Geomapix GPS Trail Map.

In 2012 Stan received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 was presented the Nova Scotia Trails White Hills Summit Award for his outstanding contribution to trail development in the province.

Stan’s passionate, yet humble, involvement in organized snowmobiling on the local to international level demonstrate the driving force he has been in the development of the sport. It now has earned him induction into International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.
Bobby Unser - Inventor from Albuquerque, New Mexico
As a three-time winner of the famed Indianapolis 500 auto race, Bobby is primarily known for his achievements in auto racing, But in the snowmobile industry, he is known as the original inventor of the independent front suspension (IFS) now used by all manufacturers.
Bobby Unser

First introduced in 1972 on a Chaparral, Bobby wanted no money for his work, only full control of the design and development process. It was a unique design for snowmobiles. Not a spin-off from automobiles, as it allowed for low motor placement and room for tuned exhaust pipes. When Chaparral when out of business, Polaris immediately took on the concept. Their 1977 RXL race sleds were a dominate force on the track due to their new IFS suspensions.By 1980 Polaris had IFS on consumer sleds and by the 1990’s, all manufacturers were using various designs of Bobby’s original concept.

But he did not stop with just the IFS design. Also to his credit came the PAC ski shock absorbers, development of the plastic skis and other innovations to make the snowmobiles a better product.

Bobby is a die-hard snowmobiler. Always ready to appear at meetings and gatherings to lend a hand promoting the sport, sign autographs and enjoy meeting and socializing with other snowmobilers.

A very creative designer, and ever energetic gentleman of the sport, Bobby Unser is now being inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.
Other ISHOF Special Award Recipients of 2018:
International Snowmobile Club of the Year 2018 : Cumberland Snowmobile Club from Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia, Canada
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Cumberland Snowmobile Club of Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia continues to grow and prosper. With 130 family members, 1300 followers on Facebook and an active website, the Club is also in tune with modern social media. A “VIP” membership contributes to the grooming expense but also offers extra privileges and perks. The club maintains and grooms 400+ km of trails with their three groomers, all operated by volunteers. They built five warming shelters along the trail. Their annual operating budget exceeds $250,000. Each November, to start the season, the club holds a Dream Ride Lottery and Auction. Last year it raised over $20,000. They also work with the area ATV clubs to coordinate trails. To help celebrate their 50th Anniversary, the Cumberland Snowmobile Club is now awarded the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame “International Club of the Year” honors.
International Dealer of the Year : Pioneer Motorsport Inc. from Chaffee, New York
Ken Armstrong founded Pioneer Motorsport Inc. in 1964 and, together with his family, have built the business into a thriving, state of the art dealership for Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha brands, among others. A key ingredient to this success has been their hands-on involvement with local clubs. They host area club meetings, provide space for fund raisers, promote club membership, have youth rider development programs and do demo rides. Working with local and area clubs has been a priority for the Armstrong family since the start. A representative of the dealership can be seen at numerous ride-ins, shows, federation events and functions. Ken has just turned 80, but his son, Larry, and family continue the traditions he inspired. This has earned Pioneer Motorsport, Inc. of Chaffee, New York the honor of being the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame “International Dealer of the Year.”
Tim Haberberger
International Groomer of the Year : Tim Haberberger from Alpine, Wyoming
With 20 years of experience, Tim Haberberger of Alpine, Wyoming has mastered the art of grooming the challenging varied terrain of Western Wyoming’s trail systems. Conditions that range from wind swept flats to steep mountainous grades, Tim and his three Tucker Sno-Cats are up for the challenge. His grooming totals over 2,800 miles a year based out of his family owned and operated Box Y Lodge that is so remote that supplies can only be brought in by snowmobile or Sno-Cat during the winter months. Tim has developed several grooming manuals for others to learn from. Even with all his knowledge and experience, Tim still attends grooming seminars. Rated as one of the best all-time groomer operators, Tim is a master groomer that never quits learning and improving. That is a mark of excellence and has earned him the honor of being the 2018 International Snowmobile Hall of Fame “International Groomer of the Year.”
William E. Schumann
Edgar Hetteen Memorial Award of Merit : Bill Schumann from Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
Few people, if any, can provide as long a list of accomplishments, offices held, programs founded, clubs developed, challenges conquered and awards received than Bill Schumann of Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. His snowmobile journey started in Illinois where he helped to unite 90 snowmobile clubs into the Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs (IASC) which he served five terms as president. His many programs there included receiving $67,000 in grant monies for their trail system, a state trail map, assistance for club operation and maintenance costs of groomers and chairing the1993 ISC in Illinois. In 1992 Bill was inducted into the Iron Dog Brigade and has served several officer capacities with that organization. In 1997 he was honored by induction into the IASC Hall of Fame. Bill’s penchant for preserving the old sleds of the sport was evident when he became a charter member of the Antique Snowmobile Club of America and served as its president in 1993. He coordinated the club’s reenactment of the first Eagle River Derby race. His honors continued when in 1995 Bill was honored as the United States Snowmobiler of the Year, the ASCOA Distinguished Service Award and the Harry Knoll Award for outstanding service. Bill moved to Manitowish Waters in northern Wisconsin in 1998 and quickly continued his involvement in organized snowmobiling becoming treasurer of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs and then its president from 2008 to 2010. In 2016 his Manitowish Waters Snowmobile Club dedicated a major bridge crossing as the “Bill Schumann Bridge” with a plaque in his honor for all of his dedication to the sport of snowmobiling. He is a charter director of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame and has served as its president until a recent retirement. Bill Schumann’s unselfish dedication to the sport of snowmobiling has brought him many honors and awards. He now adds another to that list as recipient of the Edgar Hetteen Award of Merit.

Now We Invite YOU to Honor the new Class of 2018 & Special Award Recipients with a Special Banquet & Induction Ceremony in their Honor
The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony Weekend celebrates & honors those involved in the sport of Snowmobiling; Recognizing a NEW class inducted into the Hall.
Join the celebration: We invite all industry representatives, dealership personnel, club members, motorsports enthusiasts, friends, fans & supporters alike to attend this ISHOF annual special event. YOU can join this year’s ISHOF Induction Weekend with FUN activities of interest in Eagle River, Wisconsin beginning on Friday September 21, 2018. Along with a formal sit down Prime Rib or Chicken Dinner (your choice) to officially honor the Class of 2018 as they’re inducted into the Hall on
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Eagle Waters Resort 3958 Eagle Waters Rd, Eagle River, Wisconsin (4:30pm Cocktails - 5:45pm Dinner - 7:00 pm Induction Ceremonies).

This is a semi-formal affair so please dress accordingly for the event.

Show your support for the newly inducted Hall of Fame Class of 2018 & all special award recipients by registering online to attend.
ALL major credit cards and PayPal are accepted for secure online payment with immediate receipt & event info provided to you via e-mail with your paid registration.
NOTE: Registration REQUIRED for ALL guests & supporters to attend. Thank You for Your Support. See YOU in September!
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