A few days ago I got an email from a reader regarding an article I wrote back in February. If you remember my FrogLube and Seal 1 article, I was contacted by an industry insider who gave me a brief history of Seal 1, TrackLube, and FrogLube. Well, it turns out that not only do people actually read my blog, but at least one of my readers has some history with these lubricants and Scott Lee.
Here’s what my reader Tom had to say:
This might make several readers laugh. Back in the 60’s – 70’s I would ski Sugar Loaf, Haystack, Mad River Glen, Mt. Snow, Killington and other ski areas in the Vermont-New Hampshire area. I met a Sugarloaf maintenance worker at the time and got to talking. I was in college but also worked in boat yards and machine shops and even did a little smithing. I explained that I seemed to have a common problem with all the lubricants I had tried at the time. Non stuck to the mechanics where I needed it to stick and when that they also seemed to have vanished under load and heat. He was generous enough to give me some of the lube that he used around the mountain. I was skeptical of using his Sugarloaf lube at first. Once I did I loved the stuff and went through it all. I am sad to say that I never got any more and that my friend seemed to have left for another area. I now have to wonder if the Seal 1 lube is of the same.
As it turns out, Scott Lee of Seal 1 did in fact work at Sugarloaf ski mountain, so I’m fairly confident that was who Tom talked with. As far as I understand it, Scott Lee had previously developed “Wonder Lube” for use with firearms, but while working at Sugarloaf modified his formula for use on heavy equipment. The new blue colored bio based paste was used for the ski lift, as well as sold to amusement parks for rollercoasters. From what I can tell, the “Sugarloaf Lube” that Mr. Lee gave Tom was Track Lube. I hope that helps Tom find more of the lube that he’s been missing for so long.