As noted in this recent story about a trip to TRF, Arctic Cat engineer and vintage sled business owner Greg Spaulding will auction off his collection of 140-plus vintage sleds.
The auction is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, near St. Hillaire, Minn.
Click to see a full list of machines that are going on the block.
Who else is getting ready for Hay Days (and the grass drags)?
This guy definitely has his sled and himself entirely dialed-in.
I learned a few interesting tidbits from THIS Star Tribune story with Arctic Cat CEO Chris Metz, including info about a new Wildcat rear suspension and a target shipment date for [some version of] the new SVX 450 Snow Bike.
Click my story link to read what I'm talking about.
Want a simple, inexpensive upgrade that (for most people) will make their sled feel better at the hands?
Easy: the new Procross Grips.
If ever there was an example of how one small ergonomic change can substantially alter (and improve) a snowmobile, these are it. Plus your handwarmers will feel like they're on steroids.
Click for more info.
There are dozens of different snowmobile tunnel packs to choose from. (You could even choose the one that launched off the back of my sled a couple years ago on the North Shore, but first you gotta find it.)
Arctic Cat brings a new option to the mix that eschews the untidy strap-it-down method in favor of a Cam-Lock design.
Click to see if it's something you might be interested in.
This week's summer Road Trip finds #WaitingForWinter guy and #20FootTucker in Thief River Falls, Minn., birthplace of Arctic Cat. As you might expect, it includes some actual summertime snowmobiling.
You gotta love Arctic Cat showing up with the SVX 450 snow bike at the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota this week!
#WaitingForWinter guy has been (and will be) piloting the machine that's been equipped with wheels in order to roll down Main Street like a true badass.
Methinks there's going to be some good video action of this in the future, which I'm anxiously awaiting.
I'm anticipating that Wes will NOT disable the brake and attempt to ride it onstage at the Buffalo Chip. Yikes!
Last week some friends and I played hooky and spent the day riding Wildcats along Minnesota's famed North Shore.
One garage sale, 296 water holes, 23 charred hot dogs and 50 miles later, we'd chalked up another great day of adventure and laughter.
Click for a few pix.
Recently Amy and Stephanie Getz raced to top finishes among 450 competitors at the 79th running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at the world famous Derby Downs track in Akron, Ohio.
Click to see a few pix.
Arctic Cat reported its fiscal 1st Quarter 2017 financial results today.
For quick scanners, these are the headlines:
*First quarter net sales totaled $104.9 million; Click if you want more detailed info.
*Net loss $0.81 per share;
*Continued progress made on strategies to reposition company;
*ATV/ROV dealer inventory down 9 percent;
*Company maintains fiscal 2017 revenue outlook, lowers EPS guidance on a weaker powersports market, increased promotional costs and unfavorable product mix
*First quarter net sales totaled $104.9 million;
Click if you want more detailed info.
Racing: It delivers thrilling highs and despicable lows.
Such was the case for Speedwerx's Jeremy Houle and teammate Alex Fortune at the recent TORC event at ERX in Elk River, Minn., where Jeremy gave the world a primer of what to expect in gymnastic tumbling at the Rio Olympics, but with an Arctic Cat Wildcat.
Click to read Alex's recap of the weekend.
How to pass away the summer while #WaitingForWinter?
Fishing with #20FootTucker and Clam Outdoors is one good option. Unless...
Look REALLY closely, and you might be able to see some of the newest snowmobile jacket offerings from Arctic Cat for 2017, each featuring True Timber camo.
Click for more info.
Tis' the summer of Road Trips for some Arctic Cat people, and I got in on the action early this week with my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman.
The stated purpose of the trip was for Rowland to pick up a couple "retired" race sleds for his collection, and for an evening BBQ with fellow Arctic Cat friends Greg Spaulding and Larry Coltom.
But like any good road trip, it's the stuff that we weren't expecting that was the most memorable.
Click to see the postcards from our trip.
Prediction: Six months from now, there's going to be snow on the ground and sledders making tracks.
And not just in the mountains.
I'm going to keep enjoying summer, but I'm officially in the weather forecasting game now, and my computer modeling shows snow on the ground six months from now.
I'm here to tell you: This road trip is gonna be fun.
Are you #WaitingForWinter? I am! But, alas, I'm only #5Foot8InchJohn.
Two. Hundred. Eleven. Horsepower!
When the 2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat hit 211 hp on the DynoTech dyno last month, it established a new record for a stock snowmobile engine, and it confirmed with a number EXACTLY what was felt in the seat-of-the-pants experience that journalists and a few other lucky riders know from having ridden it last spring.
Click to read a little more about the significance of that feat.
The machinations of the snowmobile racing industry are just starting to churn out information and excitement for the 2016-17 season.
Christian Brothers Racing is among the first out of the gate, with news that they've inked a deal with Jacob Yurk to join Logan Christian as the two-racer snocross team.
Yurk, a scrappy and rising racer from Grand Blanc, Mich., will compete in the Pro Lite class.
Click to read the CBR release, and join me in welcoming Yurk to Team Arctic!
Dumping your load needn't be a gut-busting experience. With an Electric Cargo Box Lift from Arctic Cat, you can dump whatever is loading down your HDX with a simple press of a button.
Click for more details.