All hail the king

Adam Randell
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Bear Cove native crowned King of the Hill

David Moores, originally from Bear Cove, was recently crowned King of the Hill at Marble Mountain’s Race on the Rock event.

He competed in the Power Adder and open class with his homemade snowmobile. The engine was built by welding two Polaris 700 watercraft twins together with four arctic cat F7 cylinders on top.

“It was lots of JB Weld to make it all fit,” said Moores. “All machining was completed by my Father John Moores and I to make it work.

“Greg Balchin (great friend and owner of Jaws Performance in Ottawa) was a huge help and this engine design would not have been possible without his expertise and awesome pipes.”

When all was said and done, Moores had a 305hp sled, with 179 ft. lbs. of torque, that weighed in at 540 lbs.

While he was disqualified in the Power Adder class for crossing lanes, the open class was where he would shine.

Going through a series of heats, Moores was powering up the hill in excess of 100 miles per hour.

“It was around 110 miles per hour towards the top of the hill, which isn’t too bad,” he said. “I guess the biggest issue at that point is staying on the throttle.”

Because his homemade sled was preforming so well, he was able to beat out 47 other racers to be crowned king.

Having won it in the past, he said it’s always a great feeling to come out on top.

“It was a really close competition, but it was my day,” he said. “If we were to do it again tomorrow or the next day, it could be a completely different outcome.”

Moores biggest fan was certainly excited.

While his son Ian wasn’t at the races, when Moores called to tell him the news, “Ian said he knew we would win.”

Moores would like to thank his pit crew – Peter Rumbolt, Greg and Gary Dyck – wife Sonya, son Ian, Danny Rose for the decal design, and Bert Dempster for all their support.

Geographic location: Marble Mountain, Ottawa

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