Volume 11, Issue 6 - November/December 2009
A Need for Speed
Brendan Picard, shop foreman for Novus Auto Glass in Regina, Saskatchewan,
is quick to admit he has a need for speed. The 31-year-old installer has
been snowmobiling since the age of 12.
“It is quite an adrenaline rush.”
“It’s good to get out and be away from the city and all the junk that goes with that,” he says, “and just be out in the cold and the wilderness.”
Though some do compete, Picard has not chosen that route.
“It’s nothing competitive for me,” he says. “It’s all about camaraderie—no jumping or snocross or anything like that.”
Picard points out that snowmobiling can be done anywhere (with snow), and its popularity is growing. He encourages others to try it, but did offer some tips.
1. Start slow. “Don’t get too big of a machine at first,” says Picard. “Start slow, and take a training course if one is available.”
2. Be safe. “Snowmobiles can be dangerous, and you have to be very smart around them to keep from hurting yourself,” he says.
3. Find others to participate in the sport with you. “If there’s a club around, join the club,” advises Picard. “That way, if there are trails around, others can teach you where they are, etc.”
4. Have fun with it. “Be safe, but enjoy it,” Picard says. “Start small, and get big. It’s a lot of fun.”
When Picard’s not working or snowmobiling, he often can be found renovating his house in the summertime, and playing with remote control airplanes.
Picard and his wife, Kimberley, have two daughters, Brittney, 12, and Jenna, 7.