WSI, RPG and ICON present: The SnoBall 500

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White Star Industries, Raptor Performance Group and ICON Vehicle Dynamics



January 19-21, 2013

The SnoBall 500 is a winter Raptor Run/driving experience. During this run you and your Raptor will encounter everything that Mother Nature and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan can throw at it. There will be areas of two track roads, logging trails, forest service roads and country roads. These roads will have varying degrees of snowfall on them, from significant snow fall to minimal/scraped country roads. From the moment you put the SnoBall 500 official window decal on your truck you are in for one of the most unique and exciting weekends ever. This is not a race we will stay together as a pack and work as a team to insure everyone makes it to each destination.

But the driving isn’t the only appeal to this run. We will also be staying in a few of the nicest Hotel/Casinos in the Upper Peninsula. There will be plenty of time to unwind in whatever fashion you desire, whether it is hanging out at the sports bar, gambling or getting a massage.

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Run Details:

Friday Night:
The Run doesn’t officially begin until Saturday morning at 0830, but for anyone interested in crossing the Mackinaw Bridge as a group we will be meeting at 1630est. Meeting location is the Burger King off of exit 338 on I-75. We will leave no later than 7pm for the Island Resort and Casino.
There will be a mandatory registration at 10pm eastern time in the Eagles room located in the Convention Center at the Island Resort and Casino we will have everyone’s SnoBall 500 gear there.
Registration is sponsored by Azunia Tequila

This is the day everyone has been waiting for!!!! At 0830 there will be a drivers meeting just to go over some basics and so that everyone is on the same page. At 0900 we head out towards the Norway truck trail and our scramble area. On the way will encounter snow covered roads and significant snow drifts. The Norway truck trail is an off roaders dream, the trail includes everything for open sections to granite rocks.

After the truck trail we will make our way up County roads and two track roads with the group stopping for lunch at the Up North Lodge as well as a possible stop at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. After some more back country roads we end up on 41 ending up at the Travelodge in Houghton, MI. The Travelodge is located near quite a few bars and restaurants including the Keweenaw Brewing Co.

Sunday is a long day we will have a drivers meeting 0830 just to go over the differences between Sunday and Saturdays terrain. The group will leave from the Travelodge at 0900 and head up one of the most scenic routes in Michigan all the way to Copper Harbor, MI. We will hang out for a bit to take pictures then the group heads back down to Houghton where we will get lunch. From here we head out towards Ontonagon following forest service roads and country roads. When we arrive as a pack of Raptors in the small town of Ontonagon we will take some pictures and rest our legs for a short break.

As we leave Ontonagon the sun will be setting as we travel along the coast of Lake Superior across forest service roads, county roads and ORV routes. Our final destination is the Lac Vieux Desert Casino in Watersmeet, MI. But our day does not end when we arrive at the Casino. Those that are interested after checking in will meet at 2100 for a very interesting experience, the Paulding light. The Paulding light is a light that appears in the sky and has also appeared in shows such as paranormal activity, Ripley’s Believe it or not, and Unsolved Mysteries.

On Monday morning we find us nearing the completion of this run, we have reserved a banquet room for a late breakfast and run closing event. During the this time we have some Swag to give away from our sponsors as well as a Raffle for donated items. After the closing events we will all start to make our way home, thinking about the weekend the whole time.

Price for event:
$125 per Truck/Driver - Includes 1 SnoBall 500 sweatshirt or hoodie, SnoBall 500 window stickers with truck number, entrance into closing event with breakfast/raffle drawing

$40 per Co-Driver/Passenger - Includes 1 SnoBall 500 sweatshirt or hoodie, entrance into closing event with breakfast/raffle drawing.

Register via PayPal and please pay as a Gift:

Sorry registration is closed

Please include your name, phone number, Screen Name, Year, color, SCab or SCrew and size of Sweatshirt. If you have a Co-driver please include their name, Screen name (if applicable) and sweatshirt size

*** A major portion of the proceeds from the Raffle will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This donation will be made under the Ford Raptor Owners. ***

I have been contacted by a few people asking how to help out the Wounded Warrior Project under the SnoBall 500 name. I have set up a Donation page for those interested.

Please see link below:

Room Reservations:
Island Resort and Casino-
$97.01 -----------Ford Raptor Group

Travelodge Houghton-
62.10+tax---------Ford Raptor Group Book by 12/19

Houghton overflow hotel:
Franklin Square Inn
$89-$109------ No group booking

Lac Vieux Desert Casino
$49 + tax ----------Tell code 2784

Pet information:
Island Resort and Casino - does not accept pets.

Travel Lodge accepts pets - $20 / stay.

Lac Vieux Desert Casino - allows pets in some smoking rooms.

Please like the SnoBall 500 on Facebook:

Current snow Coverage

Must have items for the SnoBall 500​

First and foremost every truck, Driver and Co-Pilot must be ready for the first all-cold weather Raptor Run ever planned. A positive attitude goes a long way. We will stay as a group though out this event and arrive at each destination as a pack, this is NOT a race. Being the inaugural event there maybe changes along the way depending on snow level for better and worse. We will not be afraid to deviate from our route to encounter deep snow if it’s possible. Snow is the key to this trip, while it will be fun with minimal snow, the SnoBall 500 could become EPIC with massive amounts of fresh snow. Please keep an open mind and be prepared to be a part of the best cold weather Raptor Run ever planned.

Every truck must have these items at a minimum before participating in the SnoBall 500
1. Working 4wd
2. All maintenance up to date and no major issues
3. Decent tires: We’re not going to go around and checking everyone’s tires but if you have very little remaining tread do us a favor and get them replaced before the SnoBall 500.
4. Spare tire/tires secured and located in the bed of the truck. Contact WSI for mounting solutions
5. 2 bags of sand or cat litter
6. One shovel
7. Tow strap at least 20’ and rated to pull the truck and 2 D rings
8. Winter boots: Lacrosse, Muck, Sorels, etc. You may have to get out into very deep snow.
9. Winter clothing: Just like above it is more than likely going to be cold and you will have to get out of your vehicle.
10. Ice Scraper/Snowbrush & -30 degree windshield washer fluid

Recommended additional items
1. You do not need a Co-pilot but it is recommended to help with communication traffic and navigating the trails/roads. Plus it’s more fun with someone in the truck with you.
2. VHF/FRS radio
3. Navigation: Lowrance, Garmin, Android tablet with an offroad map app.
4. 5 gallons extra gas
5. A Come along
6. Floor jack and some wood blocks to help support it in the snow
7. Auxiliary lighting. While it can’t be used on road it would be a great benefit on the ORV Routes, Forrest Service roads.
8. First Aid Kit

SnoBall 500 Rules

. 100% Sober Driving.

· Alcohol consumption will not be tolerated on trails or any time you are driving. Remember these are state roads. You will get a DUI if caught.

· Illegal drug use will not be tolerated. Same as alcohol consumption

· Do not tailgate

· No littering

· Know the limitations of your driving abillity and your Raptor in the conditions.

· No whiners!

· Everyone in your vehicle must have a filled out waiver. NO Exceptions! You will not be allowed to participate without everyone having a completed waiver.

Radio Frequencies​
151.820 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz
151.880 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz
151.940 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz

*** Please make sure that your radio is programmed for these frequencies.


This event would not be possible without our great group of sponsors

White Star Industries
Raptor Performance Group
Icon Vehicle Dynamics
KC HiLites
Krazy House Kustoms
Method Race Wheels
Whelen Engineering Company
Volant Cold Air Intakes
M&R Lights
Maui Jim
Texas Motoworx
Baja Designs
Roush Performance
Rigid Industries
Power Steering Solutions
Borla Exhaust
Raptor Retrofit
Brenthel Industries
CTS Motorsports
Lock'er Down Security
The Car Stereo Company
Royal Purple
Power Tank Systems
Synthetic Motorsports
Stainless Works
General Tires
Azunia Tequila
Shock Pros
RCV Performance
DCM Offroad
Jack Demmer Automotive Group
Sunrise Tatical Gear
U-POL/Raptor Liner
Nutmeg Sports
Warn Industries
Monster Energy
Texas Raptor Runs
Bar's Leak
Great Lake Four Wheel Drive Association
UP North Lodge

00. Worldtour
01. Kanakry
02. Ms. MI Raptor
03. MTUH3
05. Donk74
06. Kmandoske
07. Big Blue
08. 012BlueSVT
09. Eric Long
10. shooterAMG
11. JuggNuttz
12. Lost Highway
13. RaptuRR
14. WSI
15. Hockster
16. Brd o Pry
17. Java
18. Netix
19. Jeff1889
20. BramageDained
21. Motostar2888
22. pwjstruebig
23. GJMcManus
24. Beemerman
26. Gunpilot
27. SVTLightning00
28. Sitdown
29. ShiftyCapone
30. Wiz1500
31. 3RGarage
32. Huck31
33. BlueDino
34. AnyJoe
35. Cparksjr
36. Labraptor
37. BIGt0007
38. TonLoc08
39. Rey44
40. KHCDave
41. Roush #1
42. Twigsy27
43. TeddyV
44. WRCRaptor
45. RaptorScrew
46. KHC #2
47. Terry Lantz
48. Mattmeyer89
49. Devildevil
50. BigBlueBalls
51. C11
52. KX250R
53. Roush #2
54. BSnyder
##. RPG

Want to see where everyone is coming from?
The Snoball 500 attendance map


The Route


1 Kanakry
4 Ironman
9 Eric Long
12 Lost Highway
17 Java
22 pwjstruebig
29 Shiftycapone
35 Cparksjr
40 KHCDave
43 TeddyV
46 KHC #2
47 Tlantz
54 Bsnyder

16 Brd O Pry
15 Hockster
26 Gunpilot
27 SVTlightning00
28 Sitdown
30 Wiz1500
34 AnyJoe
36 Labraptor
39 Rey44
41 Roush #1
44 WRC Raptor
52 KX250R
53 Roush #2
10 ShooterAMG

14 WSI
2 Ms. MI Raptor
6 Kmandoske
7 Big Blue
11 JuggNuttz
20 BramageDained
23 GJMcManus
31 3RGarage
19 Jeff1889
37 BIGt0007
42 Twigsy27
45 RaptorSCrew
51 C11

8 012BlueSVT
5 Donk74
13 RaptuRR
18 Netix
25 jjwpgh
21 Motostar2888
24 Beemerman
32 Huck31
33 BlueDino
38 TonLoc08
48 Mattmeyer89
49 Devildevil
50 BigBlueBalls
00 Worldtour

How it will is there is 4 sections to this run. Every Group will lead 1 section.

The groupings will look like this

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The SnoBall 500 Raffle Rules​
Who it’s open to
• The raffle is only open to the registered drivers & Raptor owners of the SnoBall 500
a. This is to eliminate couples, non-raptor owners from winning multiple items
b. We are trying to give all of the Raptor owners in attendance a chance to win great products

Price of the raffle
• Each ticket is $10
a. Raffle participants can purchase as many tickets as they want.
b. Purchasing multiple tickets gives the Raptor owner a better chance to win the Item of his liking

How the Raffle will be conducted (Fantasy Draft Style)
• All the tickets will be placed in a bucket. 1 ticket will be pulled and that winner has his choice of 1 item from all remaining items

• No raffle participant can win multiple items until everyone participating in the raffle has won an item

• After each raffle participant has won, all tickets will be placed back into the bucket and the raffle will continue utnil all items have been won

Raffle Donation
• A large majority of the raffle funds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to help wounded veterans returning from combat.
• The donation will be made under the Corporation/Organization name “Ford F-150 Raptor Owners Group”

Below is an ongoing list of raffle items pledged by our sponsors for the SnoBall 500, this list will be updated as sponsors increase and they update us with what they will be pledging.

White Star Industries- Race Rack, 2 Fire Extinguser mounts, 1 Hood light mount set

Raptor Performance Group- Upper Control Arms, swag

Icon Vehicle Dynamics- 3.0 Front Coil Over Shock System w/ Compression Adjust, Upper Control Arms, lower control arm skid plates, & swag

Method Race Wheels- 1 Set of Wheels

Krazy House Kustoms- Rock sliders/step rails

Raptor Addict - RPG Power Steering Reservoir

Whelen Engineering Company- 1 pair of Micro-Pioneer LED lights

Volant Cold Air Intakes- 1 Voucher for a cold air intake

Jack Demmer Ford-Ford Racing Trailside Kit

Fiberwerx-fiberglass fenders

M&R Lights- Fog Light kit, $100 off, $50 dollars off gift certs

Raptor Retrofit- Smoked 3rd brake light

Rigid Industries- 1 pair of Dually lights

Borla Exhaust-swag,50% off voucher

Brenthel Industries- Unique Brenthel/SnoBall 500 swag

Power Tank Systems- heavy duty tire inflator, tire plug kit & swag

LGE/CTS Motorsports- Gift Cert & Swag

AmbLighting-puddle lights

Baja Designs- 8" ONX Light Bar & Swag

Royal Purple- 1 Case of Royal Purple, Swag

Synthetic Motorsports- Amsoil Swag, 2 - $60 R1Concepts Gift Certificates

Shock-Pros- 4 sets of shock covers

BAER Brakes - Swag, discount vouchers

Meegan Ford - TBD

Stainless Works - Gift Cert & Swag

General Tires-Swag

U-POL/Raptor Liner-spray in bed liner kits

Ford Raptor Forum-beer mugs and swag

Texas Motorworx- Skid Plate & Swag

Lock'er Down Security- 1 locker down security box


KnuKonceptz- amp adapter kit & swag

Monster Energy- energy drinks

KC HiLites- mini-LED Flashlights

Bar's Leaks- Swag & Product

Rislone- Swag & Product

UP North Lodge- Gift Certificates and Swag

DCM Offroad- Swag.

Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association- Swag

RCV Performance- Gift Card, Swag

Maui Jim Sunglasses - 2 pairs of sunglasses (winner's choice)
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Sounds like a great time. We might have to take road trip out from jersey. We are proud to be a part of this!!

You guys should come out!!!
You won't be the farthest one coming.:secret:t

---------- Post added at 09:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:01 PM ----------

I'll add an attendance thread to the bottom when people start registering. The early you register the lower truck number you will have.