This weekend hundreds of snowmobiles are hitting the Southern Green Bay at break-neck speeds.
“Last week, they ran 188.4 (MPH),” said Chris Garrity, the head organizer of the Battle of the Bay. “A new world record. We’re hoping to set that again this weekend.”
It is all happening on Peats Lake–on the bay of Green Bay in Howard.
Between the featured drag races and time trials, the speed is sure to get the blood pumping.
And that is really all that matters for these competitors.
“Well, I guess we love to go fast,” said Charlie Fleck, owner of Bayside Motorsport in Green Bay. “I grew up speedrunning and racing. I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t raced a snowmobile on, including water.”
And water was precisely the problem last year. Warm temperatures stopped the event in its tracks… but this year, they’re making sure it’s the best series of races yet.
“We spent from morning until sundown–actually after sundown,” said Fleck. “So, back at 7:45 this morning back at it.”
“It takes a lot of work to get it ice-rink smooth,” he said. “The speeds we’re going, it absolutely has to be that way.”
And for anyone lacking the need for speed, the head organizer has a trump card.
“There’s a bikini run that people don’t want to miss,” said Garrity. “That starts Saturday at 4pm, so girls will be on snowmobiles with bikinis on. At least, hopefully they stay on.”
The seventh year of the Battle of the Bay opened Friday at 4pm, with races continuing into the night and through Saturday.
Kids under 10 years old get in free, while $10 gets adults in for the weekend.