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Local man wins racing championship after 37-year hiatus

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Inside a garage in Westfield is where the work of the Severson family gets done.

"It's a camaraderie. It's what it's all about," says Dan Severson.

Dan can often be found in the garage with his dad, Larry. The two spend a lot of hours working together on their vintage snowmobile.

"It's a family-run hobby. Full-time basically when you're doing it professionally," according to Dan.

In this family, it's not the parent pushing along the pupil. It's 78-year-old Larry who is the athlete.

"So far, I haven't had any pain out of it. So, I just keep going I guess," he says with a smile.

Larry raced back in the 1970's before taking a break from the sport. He has returned 37 years later.

"When I found out there was a class for 70 [year-olds] and I saw they were still doing it, that's when I knew I could do it as good as they were doing and that got me back into it."

The annual World Championships in Eagle River is like the Indy 500 of snowmobiling. Two weeks ago, Larry became a world champion.

"That is your absolute dream is to get home the big eagle."

Not only is he a champion, but at 78 years of age he is the oldest ever to win at Eagle River.

"That's what makes it all worthwhile."

But make no mistake. Larry does not consider this his victory lap.

"I'm going to keep going. I'm going to do it awhile yet."

And his son will be there to share the ride.

"He's determined to keep racing. So, as long as it doesn't hurt him, he's going to keep racing, and I'll stick behind him."

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