ECS LogoClarksburg, Mass. (Dec. 1, 2014) — Sanctioned snowmobile racing in New England resumes this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) kicks off its fifth season with the debut of Hillcross competition at the beautiful Granite Gorge ski area on Rte. 9 in Roxbury Center, New Hampshire.

Hillcross racing offers spectators a chance to witness riders in Pro, Trail, Ditch Banger and Junior classes as they launch up the slope. When it was recently brought back into the prestigious ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Hillcross returned to the spotlight in winter power sports. It’s fast, it’s colorful, and it’s exhilarating. It’s also a true test of man and machine under nature’s finest backdrop.

All four popular brands of today’s technologically-advanced snowmobiles will be competing, including Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-doo and Yamaha. Snowmobile enthusiasts are known for their loyalty to a specific brand, and they’ll all have riders to support at Granite Gorge. With today’s suspension and engine technology, even avid trail riders will be amazed at how quickly these sleds get up the slope.

This weekend’s season opener at Granite Gorge marks the first sanctioned Hillcross event in New England since 2004. ECS officials are planning to host three events in this exciting format. The second and third event dates and locations have not been confirmed and are subject to change, so please check the ECS Web site often for updated news.

In the late 1950s, a committee featuring former Olympians was formed to find an ideal “gateway” mountain in southern New Hampshire. The committee selected Pinnacle Mountain for its location, protection from the wind, its north face and ability to hold snow. Locals know that on Pinnacle Mountain at Granite Gorge, “the powder stays put.”

Today, Granite Gorge offers downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tubing and a terrain park. Skiers and riders can enjoy 17 trails serviced by four lifts, including a 1,500-foot base-to-summit double chair. With the mountain located only five miles from Keene, a variety of dining and lodging options are available. To learn more, visit them online at www.granitegorge.com.

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national teams.

Seven Sleds in FlightCLARKSBURG, Mass. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce some exciting news regarding our season opener in the Great State of Maine.

On Jan. 10-11, 2015, teams from the Quebec-based SCMX series will compete against ECS riders in Round 1 of the Triple Crown Series. The Paul Bunyan International Sno-X will take on a truly international flair, as this rivalry delivers some of the best ski-to-ski racing ever seen in this region.

Read Full Article →

Pontus EngstromGLENVILLE, New York (Oct. 6, 2014) — With the national snocross opener now less than two
months away, another of the northeast’s premiere race teams is busy preparing for a five-rider assault
on tracks throughout the snowbelt.

All Seasons Arctic Cat Racing, based in Glenville, New York, has assembled a group of five
experienced and talented athletes to compete for class championships on the East Coast Snocross
(ECS) series. The team will also run in three national events on the International Series of Champions’
(ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Series.

Read Full Article →

daSilva Racing Team TransporterHAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Sept. 25, 2014) – With the first frost already recorded across much of northern New England, one of the Granite State’s top snowmobile snocross teams is gearing up for a busy and competitive winter.

New Hampshire-based daSilva Racing competes on the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s traction products. The team will enter the 2014-15 season with a trio of experienced riders; led by veteran Jake daSilva, who begins his second season in the Pro class.

Read Full Article →

ECS LogoJohn Decato returns as Technical Director at East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CLARKSBURG, Mass. (July 24, 2014) – Veteran race official John Decato will rejoin New England’s premier snowmobile race sanctioning body for 2014-2015, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) is pleased to announce he has accepted the position of Technical Director.

Decato has been involved with snowmobile racing as an official for 15 years. He served as Tech Director for four seasons with the former Rock Maple Racing circuit, and for the first season ECS was in operation. Prior to his time in snocross, Decato put in a decade of service on the snowmobile grass drag circuit, serving as technical director for the popular Woody’s Northeast Grass Drag Series.
Read Full Article →

ECS SnocrossPresented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Nov. 4, 2013) – In the world of snowmobile dealers, there are a few that stand out among the rest. Thanks to a longstanding reputation for excellent service, great products and strong relationships with customers, they rise above the others and often make significant contributions to the sport of snocross.

Ingles Performance, located in Phoenix, New York, is a prime example of this type of dealer. As recipient of the prestigious Ski-doo Dealer of the Year award, Ingles Performance is known across the snowbelt as a very special place. As they’ve done for several years now, Ingles will once again be providing a pair of Ski-doo snowmobiles for ECS track officials to use on race weekends.
Read Full Article →

ECS Snocross2013-2014 race schedule announced for East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2013) – As the leaves continue to fall and our thoughts turn to the coming winter, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 event schedule. As the sanctioning body prepares for its fourth season, teams and fans alike can begin making their plans.

Technically, since ECS picked up where the former regional circuit (RMR) left off, this is the 23rd consecutive season for sanctioned snocross here in the northeast. RMR held its first races during the winter of 1991-92, and since that time – the sport has advanced by leaps and bounds.
Read Full Article →

New partnership with Phantom Snowmobiles creates Novice 250 Rider Development class at East Coast Snocross, Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction.

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 7, 2013) – In snowmobile snocross racing, it’s the youth riders who represent the sport’s future. It is these young boys and often girls, as well, who will carry snocross and receational snowmobiling itself forward into the next decade and beyond.

With that fact in mind, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce the addition of a new youth class for 2013-14. The new Novice 250 class will be contested on 250cc Phantom Snowmobiles, the ideal sled to fill the gap between 120cc machines and a full-size sled.

Longtime ECS team owner Bruce Gaspardi Sr. of North Adams, Mass., will become a dealer for Phantom snowmobiles. His many years of tuning sleds will assist those familes trying snocross for the first time, and can guide veteran parents not familiar with the Phantom brand. A sled and class like this should boost interest in snocross among kids, helping to ensure a healthy series on down the road.

“These sleds are going to be ideal for a transition class,” Gaspardi said. “The four-stroke engine has plenty of torque and power, and the suspension is well-designed. We started selling Phantom sleds one year ago, and they’ve been quite popular. I feel they’ll be a great addition to youth classes at ECS.”

Gaspardi will have a ton of expertise to draw from as he guides racers and parents in 2013-14. The matriarc of Team Southside will have access to CSRA Race Director Brock Norris, who’s son Roy is a champion in CSRA’s 250 class. Norris will be available to Gaspardi for technical advice and assistance, and is also the man in charge of Novice 250 development for CSRA. Norris will be of great value to ECS as we get this exciting new program up and running.

Phantom Snowmobiles are billed as “the ultimate youth snowmobile,” and it is an accurate description. With a 250cc four-stroke engine, electric start, reverse and a full indpendent suspension, the industry’s only mid-size sleds are a technological delight. One ride on a Phantom snowmobile will show just how fun and advanced youth racing can be.

ECS is the second sanctioning body to partner with Phantom Snowmobiles in an effort to grow the sport. The Ontario-based Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) started a similar program for rider development in 2009. The class has strong participation that has exceeded expectations and produces some of the most exciting racing on the circuit.

“I think our new Novice 250 class is a great way to reach new kids and families,” said ECS president Bob Roscoe. “Phantom Smowmobiles are well built, safe and exciting machines. I expect to see this class expand youth participation at ECS and help ensure a bright future in grassroots snocross.”

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction Products, is the eastern affiliate of International Series of Champions (ISOC), the national sanctioning body for snowmobile snocross. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of grassroots racing throughout the northeast, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-back Pro teams.

daSilva Racing adds new rider, gears up for exciting 2013-14 season in East Coast Snocross series

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Sept. 26, 2013) – With widespread frost warnings posted across much of northern New England and early snows touching the summit of Mount Washington, one of the region’s veteran snowmobile race teams is gearing up for a busy and competitive winter.

New Hampshire-based daSilva Racing competes on the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s traction products. The team will enter the 2013-14 season with a trio of eager riders; led by veteran Jake daSilva, who advances from Pro Lite to the Pro division.
Read Full Article →