Traditions of the Cup and Trophies Snow Goer Continues Tradition of the Cup
Starting in 1965 with the Argosy Cup, the winner of the Eagle River World Championship Derby has had his name engraved on a large and grand cup-style trophy. When it was retired in 1987 it was inscribed with the names of 29 racers who had won the honor and tile of “World Champion”.
Snow Week then took over the program and had all previous winner’s names engraved on the new Cup and continued the tradition for future races and champions. The Cup represents not only a tribute to the past accomplishments of the winners, and also to the rich heritage and traditions of the Derby. This cup was retired at the end of the 2008 racing season as the magazine is no longer published. It is the trophy cup you are now looking at, as it proudly resides in our Derby Hall of Fame room.
Beginning with the 2009 Derby, the all new Snow Goer Cup will be on the starting line just prior to the running of all future Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby events. The 12 finalists will have the opportunity to “touch the Cup for good luck” and one of them will have the pleasure of hoisting it in the air on the victory podium after the race.
Their name will then be added to illustrious list of past winners such as Trapp, Villeneuve, Hulings, Dimmerman, Ave, DuHumel, Thorsen, Eastman, Elsner, Decker, Hayes and all the other racing greats from the past who have won “the big one” at the famous Eagle River Snowmobile Championship Derby Track.