Stan Hayes

Stan Hayes - Snowmobile Hall of Fame

DATE OF INDUCTION: January 14, 1988
CAREER SPAN: 1964-1984

COMPETITION TYPE: Oval, Enduro & Cross-Country
BRANDS RACED: Polaris, Mercury, Ski Doo & John Deere

Entering the record books for the first time with a win at the first-ever Eagle River derby in 1964 at the age of 13, Stan went on to enjoy a long and successful career in snowmobile oval, enduro, and cross-country racing that included tours with the Polaris, Mercury, Ski Doo, and The John Deere factory team.

Stan was the very first Sno Pro Driver of the Year in1974. He is the only driver to win the “Big Three” winning The Eagle River Derby In 1964, The Soo 500 in both 1972 and 1976, and the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 in 1973. A designer, a technician as well as a racer, Stan was instrumental in the development of the second generation Mercury Sno-Twister in the middle 1970’s as well as the second generation Fire Series at John Deere in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Stan was working on the IFS Liquifire project when John Deere pulled the plug on snowmobile operations in 1984. Stan’s last race was the 1990 Harricana cross-country Race which was a 3 man team race. It ran 1,500 miles across the province of Quebec over a period of 10 days. Stan’s team finished in second place only 27 seconds behind the winning time.

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