Last Friday was my friend Kale's 40th birthday.
To celebrate (and help Kale assuage his mid-life crisis), I joined and our friend Pat for a day of work, er, adventure to see a vintage 1970 Arctic Cat Panther being sold by some scammer on craigslist.
Click so see exactly how a craigslist scam unfolds.
Arctic Cat announed new strategic marketing and sales hires, reflecting company president Chris Metz's vision for future growth, including increased focus on customer engagement.
Welcome aboard Greg and Brit (and congrats on the promotion, Mike)!
Click to read the press release.
Beginning today, Team Arctic's Wes Selby will compete at the Ultimate Snowmobiler event in Crested Butte, CO.
His sled: this fully custom Arctic Cat ZR SX-R snocrosser-turned-HCR-with-a-Speedwerx-800-supercharger!
Click to read a brief description.
I'm thankful what can happen when we combine ATVs, pallets and beer.
I'm thankful that I can trust Billy Bob with my life.
I'm thankful we've done stunts like this so many times, that the rest of the gang don't even pay attention any more.
And I'm thankful there's plenty more of this action happening later today, because it's Friday, April 10, 2015.
First, CLICK ON THIS to download and read a wonderful .pdf diary of Steve Brand's 26-day, 4,687-mile Mega Sonic Memory (snowmobile) tour.
It is SO worth reading for the sheer adventure and wisdom of a 60-year old guy who has been in the snowmobile industry for nearly four decades.
Then read the interview to learn more about everything from rediscovering snowmobiling, riding solo and more from the man who brought us TekVest.
I'm thankful me and boys can kick back a few tall cool ones b'for heading out to our fav'rit honey hole.
I'm thankful this here wheeler is built right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A.
I'm thankful a little noodling is all it took to clean me up real good.
And I'm thankful it's all good on this Friday, April 3, 2015.
Today’s racing news is as much a shock as it is compelling: In a recent conversation I had with Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert, the snocross racing legend confirmed to me that he will race a 4-stroke machine this coming season!
Could this be a watershed moment in the history of big bump racing?
Click to read a short interview with Hibbert about his plans for 4-stroke racing.
(Just be sure to read the WHOLE story.)
This looks SO cool. Gonna get my XC adventure groove going...
I'm thankful for the improved mountain performance characteristics offered by a vertical steering post, new lightweight spindle, narrow ski stance and reshaped skis, as well as the gear-carrying versatility of the new rear rack.
I'm thankful that I can ease into summer gracefully while still enjoying my favorite wintertime activity.
I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 27, 2015.
Check out this great recap of Tucker Hibbert's 2015 Lake Geneva snocross crush-fest.
Gotta love Steve Houle's tuned pipe secret, and Kirk saying they've got more good stuff in store for next season!
I'm thankful that, somewhere deep in Siberia's boreal forests, the Soviet military is guarding against unruly SledNecks.
I'm thankful the Cold War ended.
I'm thankful for the Limited Edition Turret model 2-up Touring available as a Spring-only option.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 20, 2015.
Listen to the legend, Roger Skime, talk about Arctic Cat snowmobile history.
Winter here in Minnesota came to an abrupt end last week, as an 80-degree swing in temps and highs in the upper 60s fairly destroyed what little snow had accumulated in the past few months.
But there WAS some late season snow still hanging on in the Gunflint area of Minnesota's North Shore.
So with my son on spring break and my friend Tom Rowland always game for an adventure, on Tuesday we attempted what might be our last ride of the season.
Click to see if we succeeded.
Team Arctic wrapped up the 2015 ISOC Snocross season with six wins and the premier championship title.
Congrats to all the Team Green racers and crew!
Double-jump to read the press release.
On the heals of introducing a slew of new Prowler, ATV and Wildcat models last fall, Arctic Cat recently unveiled the new 2016 Prowler HDX 700 XT EPS.
New plastic, more storage, reduced sound, improved ergo's...there's a lot of new stuff to like about this utility machine.
Yes it's a 2016 model and yes, it's available now at your local dealer.
Click for the details.
Last week Team Arctic's Midwest cross-country racers ended their 2015 USXC campaign in Warroad, Minn.
And what a season-ender it was!
Click to read the report.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong when a Russian attemps to bumper-drag from a snowmobile?
Nothing unusual about a runaway snowmobile careening down a Newfoundland highway for 12 kilometers. Note: The best part is listening to the audio of guys in the car.
If you're goint to steal a snowmobile, make sure you wear waterproof, breathable and taser-proof snowmobile gear.
Man steals cigarettes, snowmobile-mounted cops catch him. (I'm wondering how a smoker ran 6km through the snow?)
From the why-snowmobilers-are-the-greatest file: Kid's snowmobile is stolen, group replaces it with a new one. Awesome!
Thank you to all the snowmobile club members! Stories like this explain why you are the absolute backbone of the sport.
Where to see new 2016 model Arctic Cat snowmobiles?
Select models are probably already at your local Arctic Cat dealer. If they're not yet, they will be next week.
Plus there are a few key events where you can see most of the full model line.
Click for more info.
There's been a lot of tough talk HERE on my Facebook page, regarding a short video segment I posted about Zach Herfindahl being one of the fastest ditch racers in the world.
Here's a little edit that puts an exclamation point on my sentiment.
All shot last weekend in Warroad, Minn., where Zach won both Pro Stock and Pro Open classes en route to championship titles in both classes.
SWEET riding, Zach!
Team Arctic finished off the 2015 USXC cross-country season with 14 class wins, 39 podiums and 15 class championships.
And the hillclimb crew delivered a 5-win performance at White Pine.
Click to read the team press release.