Marlyn Englert and Mark Zelich passing

Marlyn Englert and Mark Zelich Passing

All of us at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame were saddened to hear of the passing of two of our Hall of Fame Members, Marlyn Englert and Mark Zelich.

Marlyn Englert

Mr. Englert was a driver at heart. But his greatest achievements were his innovation, fabrication and tuning skills on speed machines. As a competitor, his sportsmanship and willingness to help other racers gained him the respect of the entire snowmobile racing community. Englert retired from competition in 2002. 

Marlyn racked up 45 NSSR World Speed Records, 76 First Place Finishes, Open Fuel I and II Championships, NSSR Driver of the Year, NSSR Best Crew Chief and Best Engineered Sled Honors. 

You can read his full Hall of Fame listing here. 

Marlyn’s Induction Speech

Mark Zelich

Likely the first television personality to dedicate regular attention on snowmobile competition, Mark Zelich of Wausau, Wisconsin brought the captivating race images and stories of the Wisconsin North woods into the living rooms and imaginations of viewers.

His weekly coverage of snowmobile racing helped grow the fledgling sport of snowmobile racing from local community contests in the mid-1960’s to nationally televised sports events like the Eagle River World Championships.

It was Zelich himself who originated the idea of naming the Eagle River Derby the “World Championship.”

You can read his Hall of Fame listing here.  Mr. Zelich was also a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame

News report on his passing from WSAW. 

The Board of Directors and all the members of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame wish to send all their best to the family and friends of both men, and they will be missed.