One of those moose seems a lot shorter than the other?
Cody Sandmann says: 8/8/2012 10:10:00 PM
Is that Garth Kaufmann?
John Sandberg says: 8/8/2012 10:40:00 PM
Racerdawn, Nick and Zanon are correct: The guy jammed inside of the moose and launching at the end of the clip is Aaron Scheele.
And since Rowland is coyly busting my chops, I'll admit my knowledge of how cramped it was inside of those moose: I was inside the other one during the filming of the two moose riding sleds down the trail.
I barely fit inside that damn thing. And Aaron is a good two feet taller than I am, so I have no idea how he did it!
Roger Paulson says: 8/9/2012 11:27:00 AM
Nobody has pointed it out yet, and I don't mean to be a smart ass, (that's not how I roll), but I have to make a correction here: It's not 2 Firecats, It's 1 Crossfire, 1 Firecat. I used to have an orange one just like it I bought from Tom.
John Sandberg says: 8/9/2012 3:22:00 PM
Roger! Bonus points for you (and shame on me).
Mike F says: 8/9/2012 8:59:00 PM
You really have to go into more detail. How is it that you and Aaron ended up in moose suits in a tv ad. I'm sure its a pretty good story! Enjoy your stuff as always. Thanks!
Eric Bergstrom says: 8/11/2012 12:38:00 PM
I love this commercial... and judging by the disclaimer at the end, you and Aaron can both add "Professional Moose" to your resumes. I never noticed it until just now, but it does indeed say "Professional moose on closed course," at the bottom of the screen during the jump scene at the end. Very nice!
Greg H says: 8/13/2012 2:01:00 PM
Did anyone ever see the un-edited version of this?? LOL!!
John Sandberg says: 8/14/2012 10:40:00 PM
Mike: That's the kind of glamorous stuff professionals get to do. Which of course explains why Aaron was involved, but it leaves a lot more questions about why I was there.
What I mainly remember about the day was that the production crew didn't want to have to do a bunch of post-production work to mask out any parts of Aaron and I that would have been visible. So we only had a tiny hole to look out of, essentially in the neck area of the moose. And that my arms were all contorted in order to fit through a small hole to hold onto and steer the handlebars.
And the "trail" we rode down wasn't really a trail, rather it was a narrow path between rows of pine trees.
The director wanted us to go fast, which of course was no big deal for Aaron. I wasn't super interested in piling into a tree, so I wasn't exactly comfortable with the situation.
It all worked fine though.
It was Aaron's idea to build a jump and do a jump shot. It was the last film work of the day, in part because nobody was sure if the moose would carnage upon landing. Aaron nailed the jump (of course), the moose didn't destruct and we called it a wrap.
Mike F says: 8/17/2012 11:50:00 PM
Sweet story! Thats why you are the "insider"!
Tom Rowland says: 8/18/2012 7:31:00 PM
John, I think you or Aaron should wear the moose suit while racing at least one leg of the USXC I-500 this year.
Greg Hallstrom says: 8/23/2012 10:33:00 PM
Karl was a movie star back then too? Uffda! I still think they found him at the Rusty Nail in Thief River Falls.