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Michigan offers historic decals to owners of vintage snowmobiles

Snowmobilers in Michigan, home to 6,200 miles of wintertime snow trails, can now register their classic sleds with special $50 decals that went on sale this week at Department of State offices in the Great Lakes state's 83 counties.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said owners of rides that are age 26 or older can buy the new decals to mark their snowmobiles as "vintage" to show off at shows and club events.

The decal is for snowmobiles owned solely as collector’s items. The decal means the machine is "historic," Johnson said. A Michigan snowmobile trail permit will not be required for sleds that have a historic registration decal.

Sleds registered as historic are limited to occasional use and may only be used in club activities, exhibitions, tours and for similar uses, Johnson said. The registration does not expire and may not be transferred to a new owner if the snowmobile is sold. Registration fees support snowmobile trail grooming and other purposes.

“The Michigan Snowmobile Association and its members are thrilled that this option is now available to enthusiasts with historic snowmobiles,” said Bill Manson, the association’s executive director. “The shows and racing events for antique and vintage sleds have taken snowmobilers back to their roots in the sport.”

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Image source of an historic 1910 snowmobile: Wikipedia