Kitimat Hill Climb drag race, 2012; the spectacle of “sleds” – snowmobiles on asphalt

Robin Rowland 

The Kitimat Haisla Hill Climb (also known as the Dave Saunders Memorial Hill Climb) is a Canada Day tradition in Kitimat. two lane drag race for 400 feet up Haisla Hill (close to my house).

So on the afternoon of June 30, wandered down from the house to watch the time trials.  I had expected the muscle cars. What I did not expect were the “sleds,” snowmobiles converted to race on asphalt.

Sitting in a spectators’ section near the finish line gave a good view for a few shots.


Haisla HIll climb starting line

Muscle cars reace up Haisla Hill

Muscle cars race up Haisla Hlll

Motorcycle races up Haisla Hill

Sled racing up Haisla Hill
Sled racing up Haisla Hill

Sled racing up Hasila Hill

Sled racing up Haisla Hill

In the next two shots, the sled racers slowly come back down Haisla Hill after their time trial. Here you can see where the skis in the front of the snowmobile have been replaced by wheels.

Sleds Asphalt snowmobiles return down the hill

Sleds return down Haisla Hill

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