Bid on a Historic Cranmore Skimobile

Some lucky person in Mt. Washington Valley will win a genuine Cranmore Skimobile when the silent auction is completed on June 13 by the Damon O’Neal Scholarship Fund. Can you imagine this green antique gracing your yard or business front? It’s a little bit of history and can be bid on now by going to the Cranmore Mt Resort website (www.cranmore.com)   and clicking on “events” and then “events calendar,” and following the instructions.

The auction of Skimobile number 129 is part of the Damon O’Neal Scholarship

“Traditions Celebration” at Zip’s Pub beginning at 4pm on June 13, 2014. Additional vintage ski paraphernalia will be available in silent auction during the evening along with hearty hors d’ouevres, cash bar, famous ski champions, autographs by author Tom Eastman, scholarship recipients and a joyous celebration. The Damon O’Neal Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding Kennett High School student/athlete who qualifies for the rigorous standards that Damon represented before his fatal ski accident in 1959 while competing at the Jr. Nationals. Previous scholarship recipients have included Michael Larson of UConn, Amber McPherson at Colby Sawyer, Jake Van Deursen off to Colby College and Torin LaLiberte at St. Michaels in VT.  Scholarship officials are quick to point out that fundraising for this annual $2.500 award will continue, however this is the final social event at Cranmore having completed five social fundraisers since the scholarship was created 5 years ago. Tickets will be available at Stan and Dan Sports in North Conway and in Conway at Café Noche, or by sending $25 to Damon O’Neal Scholarship, PO Box 264, Madison NH 03849.

It was Harvey Gibson himself who coined the term Skimobile when he first saw the design according to Cranmore historian Tom Eastman. The Skimobile was put in service at Cranmore in 1939, the same year the skiing legend Hannes Schneider was released by the Nazis’s in order to leave Austria, move to North Conway and head up the famous ski school. The lucky winner of the Scholarship Skimobile will be securing a piece of local ski history to enjoy for generations.

Contact: Ted M. Kramer 367-8459 ted@silverlakekramers.com

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