By Marianne Curtis
For the second year in a row, the population in the tiny community of St. Labre boomed as several hundred locals and visitors took in the St. Labre 200. The two day event took place July 17 and 18 in St. Labre, which is located between Marchand and Woodridge.
The St. Labre 200 is weekend that draws a dozen crews together who design, build and then race a go-cart built on-site. Teams were given twenty-four hours to design and build a cart. Each team received a motor, gears, axles, wheels and other things needed to build their cart, while the team supplies the chassis. On Day Two, the teams take the completed carts and race two hundred laps on a 400 meter track.
“With 30 gallons of fuel and 70lbs of welding rods later, the St. Labre 200 is over,” stated Marc Vielfaure, one of the planners. “Alot of teams had to take advantage of the 24 hours to finish building their motorized creations.”
On race day, spectators were left in awe when the race began. As Senator Maria Chaput dropped the green flag, a plane did a flyby in the background. Dust and engine noises were up in the air.
“We are thankful to everyone who helped make this event possible, all the volunteers and participants in all of the events for their great attitudes and the commaderie displayed during all of the events,” added Vielfaure.
The Les clairs with Team members Fernand Boily, Francois Grenier, Marc Vielfaure, David Vielfaure and Renald Vouriot finished in first place despite the drive chain falling off in the very last lap. The driver managed to put it back on in time and drove in to complete the 200 laps. Second place went to team Penn-Lite Lightning and third place went to the Talledega Nights team.
Other activities took place over the weekend including a MPI Rollover Demonstration, a Rubber Boot Toss contest, St. Labre 200 Alumni Race with last year’s teams and carts, an Excavator Rodeo, St. Labre community Chili Cook-Off, Robot Wars, an evening meal, and a free evening concert featuring “Trahir Roger” and “Jammin Sam.”
Over $4,000 was raised by the event which is being donated to the Chalet expansion project in La Broquerie. In 2009 the go-cart build-off competition attracted over 300 people with its proceeds donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.