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Ische's 1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro


(10/18/2011)

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

Tom Ische is longtime Arctic Cat fan, rider and collector. His sled collection emphasizes rare late-1960s and 1970s racers. His sleds are immaculate.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

His daughter Brianna is into vintage Cats nearly as much as he is. Like Stephen Knox commented on the memorabilia story, this is a family that plays together.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

Here Nancy Ische and I are getting the sled situated on the white seamless background for the photo shoot.

I'd seen the famed 1974 Sno Pro sled in thousands of pictures, and they always appeared big for some reason. But when I saw (and sat on!) one, I realized how small they are. They're practically tiny, and they almost feel delicate.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

Here Tom does a few last-minute detail touches prior to taking pix. These guys opened their Glencoe, Minn., home to me for three days to capture hundreds of images, which made a huge impact on the quality of the book.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

I'm at a loss for words at how beautiful this machine is. Prior to the photo shoot, my all-time favorite looking sled was the 1976 factory Sno Pro racer (another machine that the Ische's own). During the shoot, I got a new girlfriend.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

Can you see why?

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

Pure and gorgeous.

 

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

I found that if I got on my knees to bow to the '74 Sno Pro's beauty, that I felt worthy of being in its presence.

Thanks again to the Ische's for making this happen, and to photographer Brian Balsatis for taking such stunning images.



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