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Patches & Decals


(6/18/2011)

Yes, I am an Arctic Cat booster. Are you?

There's something about decals and patches that has always fascinated me (and amped-up my enthusiasm).

 

Ahh...the LeMans Oil ad with delicious patches

As a kid, whenever I'd read Snow Goer, Snowmobile Times and SnowSports magazines, I'd spend as much time staring at the patches on the LeMans oil ad as I did on the stories about racing.

 

Order yours today

Anyone here a Sled Nut, or a member of the Pop-a-Top Snowmobile Club? That's what I thought.

 

Some cool Arctic Cat-related patches

Lately I've been working on a 50th Anniversary of Arctic Cat book. To help me add some cool visual treats to some of the pages, Joey Hallstrom let me scan his amazing collection of various decals and patches.

 

Autolite snowmobile sparkplugs

Some of these decals are still pretty common, even today. But some aren't (or at least I've never seen them). I found this decal interesting proof that neither Blair Morgan nor Tucker Hibbert "invented" the stand-up-style of snowmobiling/racing.

Do any of you vintage guys still prefer Autolite plugs for your old Cat?

 

Champion snowmobile spark plugs

Personally, I swear by Champion plugs, mainly because of the classic logo.

 

K-H snowmobile brakes

Just as I swear by Kelsey-Hayes brakes on all my 1979 El Tigre Cross-Country race sleds. To heck with Wilwood!

 

Stinky Toilet Paper?

Not really snowmobile related, but I'd have to say this is one of the all-time classic logos/decals, at least in my youth.

 

Buco Brain Buckets

Don't tell Joey, but I've selectively "lost" a few of his decals. It's possible they might someday turn up in my own collection.

 

Sloppy french-kisses

I'll never forget kissing Ethyl (and kissing 4th Grade goodbye) by the bike racks at Brookside Elementary School, the day school let out.

 

True love

But as much as I loved the additive power of ethyl to my precious gasoline, it never compared with my love for Arctic Cats.

 

One Cool Cat

In all seriousness, there was/is something wonderful, almost folksy, about the '70s-era decals and patches.

 

 

The Cat is definitely here

The Cat is definitely here

And I always the love the Cat-was-here theme items. I'm certain it was stuff like this that helped capture our imaginations and make us fans.

Thanks for reading.



Comments (18):

jimu@sledracer.com says:
6/18/2011 12:20:00 PM

When I was a kid I thought all sleds came stock with Wynns decals.
flintstone says:
6/18/2011 8:40:00 PM

bring back the snowmobile suits that were so warm and comfy and perfect for sewing on your favorite patches!!!
s.t.i.c.s.9 says:
6/19/2011 8:44:00 AM

"Cats eat canaries"
250 Tigger says:
6/19/2011 2:10:00 PM

During the late 60's and 70's it seemed like it was a competition to see who could get the most patches on their suit, and some did a pretty good job at it.
Kdub says:
6/20/2011 7:49:00 AM

Stics - I have a snowflap that says, "Cats Eat Canaries". Guessin its from the Late 60s or 70s?
Captain says:
6/20/2011 8:55:00 AM

"Kitty Cat drivers drink milk" my favorite patch that I had. No idea where it is now.
unholycelt says:
9/24/2011 12:44:00 PM

Captain - i just got that patch at a yard sale and your comment was the only reference Google came up ;-p
Vickie Shuder says:
7/10/2015 10:18:00 AM

Can anyone help me? I have a patch that says, "Next to sex I love my Arctic Cat best". It is on a 3" x 3 3/8" patch in purple, lime green and black on a white background. I've looked and can not find any even similar. Any body know anything about this?
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holroxsa says:
1/2/2016 8:49:00 PM

Oh how I miss all of the old patches. They 'should' make a comeback. I plastered them all over my snowmobile suit. I recently got back into snowmobiling and found some patches. I have them up and down the sleeves of my jacket. My 13 year old granddaughter is jealous and wants some too for hers. She thinks they are 'cool'.

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