By Marianne Curtis
For the third 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 16 and 17 in St. Labre, which is located between Marchand and Woodridge.
The St. Labre 200 is a 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. “A lot 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 Provencher MP Vic Toews 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 for their great attitudes and the commaderie displayed during all of the events,” added Vielfaure. “We are very grateful for the many hours all of the volunteers put in especially throughout this very hot weekend.
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.”
On Day two of the St. Labre 200, go-cart racers took their newly created contraptions to the track for 200 laps as they rallied for the coveted St. Labre 200 Cup.