When the dust settled, over 1000 spectators came out to cheer on a dozen teams from throughout the region who participated in this year’s St. Labre 200.
By Marianne Curtis
Over a thousand spectators headed out to St. Labre over the weekend of July 13 to 15 to take in the forth annual St. Labre 200.
When the dust settled at the end of the day, Grunthal’s Tristars took home the coveted Best Sleep Centre Sparkplug Cup for the second year in a tow. They are the only team that managed to complete the grueling 200 lap race.
The annual St. Labre 200 go-kart build off competition is a challenge where fourteen teams to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Each team is given basic materials along with their own basic framing materials. They are then challenged to build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200 lap race on a quarter mile dirt track. The winner earns the right to hoist the Best Sleep Centre Sparkplug Cup.
François Grenier one of the organizers of the yearly event says he isn’t sure the exact numbers of spectators. However he did note they ran out of food several times even though they tripled their initial supply due to the higher than expected turnout.
“It was a very big success,” stated Grenier. “We had tons of people come watch the races. We had tons of people participate in the races. We also had terrific weather and a lot of smiling faces.”
“Highlights for myself was seeing all the smiles on peoples faces and seeing my brother win 2nd place as part of the Marchand Loose Chains,” he added.
He added that this event wouldn’t have been possible without the volunteer committee and “amazing volunteers”.
“So many people come and do the work we ask of them with a smiling face. People who come to the event see that and really appreciate it,” Grenier added.
A dozen teams from throughout the region participated in the weekend build challenge and race. Marchand West Loose Chains came in second by completing 196 laps and Pist N Broke from Steinbach finished with 192 laps.
Other teams who participated included the Moonshadow Holsteins, Moteur Busters, To Be Determined all from St. Labre. Funk’s Toyota from Steinbach, Nederhoed Bandits and Florze Boyz from La Broquerie, Thibaultville Thunder and CampPerdu from Richer, Hitrac from Winnipeg and Snap Off from PineFalls also participated.