Bob Gaudreau’s Budweiser Special

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Bob Gaudreau’s Budweiser Special

The engineer peered at the readout on his radar gun. The sled down the half-mile long was puttering along from the line. The unmuffled pipes of the Marine Racing engine as racing hall of fame Tom Earhart idled through the quarter-mile at 30-35-40 miles per

In a recent conversation with the sled’s builder ‘Big Gaudreau recalls the Ski-Doo calling out, “Hey, not so fast, eh, Big Bob!”

“His changed a lot once Tom crossed the marker and hit the throttle for the final said the Connecticut-based Gaudreau.

The sled immediately came as the fuel injectors opened and the alcohol-based racing fuel in earnest. Now the Ski-Doo engineer’s gun’s readout jumped 85, 92, 112, 117, 132 and the engineer’s of “Holy (expletive deleted)!” was … out as Tom Earhart rode the speed sled past the marker at 148.6 miles per

It was the fastest speed a snow had ever gone over a and ice-covered track. Big Bob had done it.

As we this past August, Bob is a more mellowed man than on day in 1982, but he recalls nearly detail that went that accomplishment. In fact, he pleasure in reminding a certain editor of how the Budweiser sled about in the first place.

that in the late 1970s, editor met with Big Bob at a Minneapolis run by Stan Mayslack, a famous pro and renowned local celebrity, who garlic roast beef the size of manhole covers. a couple of necessary beers to the garlic taste, there was a of what was next on Big Bob’s

After all, Big Bob liked that went fast, not to imagine from a man who once drag raced Chrysler drag racers. In 1969, his 1968-bodied, Chrysler-engined ‘Kandy Gaudreau established a Pro Stock time of 10.095 seconds at a of 135.5 mph in a quarter-mile event.

Snowmobiles weren’t cars the magazine editor told Where would he get a snowmobile of achieving his desired goal of 150 per hour?

Big Bob Gaudreau has yet to forget the And yet to forget the doubt voiced by the editor.

“I remember asking ‘What’s so hard about a snowmobile?’ And then you asked did Connecticut have to offer in a speed sled,” Gaudreau the editor.

‘Big Bob’ confident that there was talent in his area of Connecticut for its submarine engineering and jet airplane building. As Gaudreau saw it, building a capable of going 150 mph boiled to knowing the math. To achieve 150 mph a set horsepower to propel a defined

Figure in some aerodynamic and account for using a track of automotive wheels and tires and you heading in the right direction.

For the engine was a no-brainer. He eyed a Marine V6 racing motor could make upwards of 400

“The engine needed to be to run on gasoline initially,” recalled “Once we got it started and it heated up, we fed it for power.”

The drivetrain proved be a bit because of the engine’s torque, but rigged a Honda torque to handle power to the front

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Gaudreau’s design included a belt running from the crankshaft directly to the sled’s drive shaft. At the time wasn’t a snowmobile drivebelt of withstanding the V6’s torque, so worked with Uni-Royal to one. Grand Rapids, Micro Belmont Engineering built the titanium shaft to the track and created special traction grippers to get the power to the

The Budweiser speed sled unique pieces, like its track. Because Goodyear was a supplier of rubber tracks to a of snowmobile companies, Gaudreau them to promote their by fabricating a one-of-a-kind lightweight track that wouldn’t at high speed.

The Budweiser machine used a stock chassis, which Gaudreau to fit the powertrain. He also designed a body complete with skirts to cover the skis. He an air dam on the nose and incorporated a spoiler ahead of the handlebar.

The driver was to sit low in the with his helmet just the airflow. Everything was designed to the sled’s aerodynamics.

When we saw the Budweiser sled it appeared leafspring skis and steering. On the version Gaudreau would the leafsprings in favor of a Polaris trailing arm setup. It gave the more positive steering and front-end travel to accommodate an ice bumpy surface.

Using skills gleaned his days as a Chrysler Corporation drag racer of the 1960s and 1970s, Gaudreau proved an self-promoter for his special snowmobile He enticed Budweiser for sponsorship at a when snowmobile magazine departments couldn’t get them to ad dollars, even though in an about snowmobile racing, a Illustrated writer once snowmobilers as “beer-swilling oafs.”

enjoyed reminding his snowmobile friend how he had scoffed at Gaudreau anywhere near 150 mph. writer recalled how the Budweiser had fallen short in its inaugural run at Lake, Wisconsin, clocking mph over a quarter-mile distance.

But on 24, 1982, the Budweiser sled across Lake Mille just off Izatys Resort in Minnesota and recorded a speed of miles hour on an amazed engineer’s radar gun!

Mellowed now by age and circumstance, Bob Gaudreau knowing that he kicked off an era of speed unlike any the sport had While an earlier era of speed in the 1970s was backed by snowmobile and included the likes of Arctic Boss Cat and Johnson’s Pegasus, Bob Budweiser-sponsored speed sled off a speedier era highlighted by inventive who used outboard marine engines and turbocharged motorcycle to get their sleds to speeds of than 150 miles per hour!

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