SAM I Am: Brad Rand
Published on January 15, 2015 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts member profile: Brad Rand is a member of the Snowbirds Snowmobile Club in Spencer. He’s been riding snowmobiles for 30-years, his current sled is a 2003 Arctic Cat T660 Turbo, 4-stroke.

Sled mods: No modifications needed when you ride an “old man’s sled!” Purchased saddlebags for my many required accessories such as medications, pain relievers, Icy Hot.

Club position: Newly elected Treasurer of SAM. President of Snowbirds Snowmobile Club. Trail Worker of the Year, 1998. Past President of Leicester Snowmobile Club. SAM Delegate for 10-plus years. VAST Snowmobile Safety Instructor.

Brad Rand, snowmobile volunteer

Volunteer work: As a club president, you volunteer for anything that comes up, cooking at events, repairing the warming hut at Camp Marshall 4-H. My favorite is trail clearing in the fall, Sunday mornings working on the trails is the best! I have my own Alpine groomer and drag local trails. Groom all night!

Favorite riding area: I’ve ridden in most of the state. I have to say Hawley, Savoy and Florida are my favorite areas, off of Route 2 / Route 8A.

Tell us a story: My most memorable times were while grooming. My “78” Alpine requires constant attention. One time the rear axle spit out from underneath the sled and got caught in the drag. The track was hanging out but I was able to drive it home for many miles while leaning the sled onto the second track.

Tell us something interesting about you: In my younger years, I managed a nightclub in the Misquamicut Beach area in Rhode Island that used to book the hottest music acts at that time. 1,500 customers, 4 bars and 15 bartenders at age 22! Since then I have settled in Central MA, raised two wonderful children and have been married for 30-plus years. Crazy times at a young age!

Sound Off: I’ve been riding for 30 years and been involved since the beginning. Volunteering is critical to any club or organization. Not-for-profits are able to run because of donations. Money helps but donating some time is the best thing you can do. Get involved with your local club. It pays off!


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