- More than 700 racers entered in this year's Vintage Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River.
Just 10 got the chance to ride in the Vintage World Championship race.
One of them was Rhinelander's own Justin Ernst.
"It's taken a lot of people to get me here, and I don't know, it's kind of a surreal moment.," said Ernst.
Ernst was the only Northwoods racer in the top ten, and he said he could feel the local support throughout the weekend.
"Top for the WC, is a big deal, and for somebody local to have done it, is a big deal as well," said Ernst. "And a lot of people have come out of the woodwork to congratulate me."
Ernst only races in the vintage derby.
He says the newer sleds in the World Championship derby can be more expensive.
But his favorite part of the weekend isn't the racing. It's actually the atmosphere.
"All the guys, just look around. If anybody here has a problem, somebody is going to come help you. That's what it's all about, we're all friends here.," said Ernst.
On the track, the older sleds provide an extra challenge for racers.
Even though it's physically difficult to handle the rough track at full speed, Ernst says that's not the hardest part.
"A lot of it's mental," said Ernst. "If you're mentally scared, you're not going to go into it with the right head, if you're hesitant, you probably shouldn't be out there."
Ernst finished in second place Sunday in the Vintage World Championship race.
Friday marks day one of the World Championship Derby at the same track in Eagle River.