The Sled Builds
With the vintage rules requiring snowmobiles being aged at least 20 years to be competition eligible, both teams opted for the original 2003 REV platform as the base for their builds. The advantage clearly belonged to Team Kuster/Mentaberry. The pair were among the first to race the game-changing platform on the snocross tracks in the prime of their careers. They were well equipped with knowledge of where even the slightest advantages could be gained.
Steve Martin leaned on a bit of fatherly advice – he and his dad had already modified an original Ski-Doo REV snowmobile for the mountains two decades prior. Combined with the unmatched sled expertise of Carl Kuster, their 2003 REV race mod paired a mogul-crushing suspension with tricked out power that screamed podium finish.
The Jay Mentaberry-Blaine Mathews duo used the trial-and-error method. By the time they got to pits at Jackson Hole, they were on sled No. 4. But she was a thing of beauty – a true 2003 REV race mod that had been trail converted with twin pipes. Their additions included a tunnel extension and Ski-Doo factory racing rear skid. Their secret weapon: 2003 stock front end, even down to the 2003 skis.