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Sept. 15 Trip to Arctic Cat


(9/16/2011)

Frost!

One of the best parts of the trip was waking up to frost on the windshield. A nice cold-front moved into the midwest the previous day, with a massive temperature swing that had me scrambling for gloves and a hat. Winter's coming...

 

Arctic Cat TRF Trip in Sept.

A shot of Bobby Flame's truck shadow. Maybe some ghostly souls hopped on for a heavenly ditch-bang?

 

Arctic Cat TRF Trip in Sept.

This would look wonderfully-ghetto were in not for the fact that the sled in the back of the truck was the prototype 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled, and the sleds on the trailer the cool cutaway units that were on display at Hay Days.

 

Arctic Cat TRF Trip in Sept.

Finally arriving in town. I've shot so many photos of this sign, I should win some kind of award from MnDOT.

 

Ahhh....Arctic Cat!

Even better to see Arctic Cat. Instant smile on my face as always. The hubbub (is that a word?) of activity here always leaves me feeling energized. It's better than morning coffee.

 

Riding a proto Arctic Cat Wildcat

Most of what I was in town to accomplish involved the new Arctic Cat Wildcat. Here's a cockpit view of me chasing Bobby Flame.

 

Riding a proto Arctic Cat Wildcat

I'll have a lot more to say on the Wildcat after getting to ride one in earnest in October. But the five minutes I ripped around on a prototype version left me literally howling with laughter.

Seriously, these things are going to change the way most people think of side-by-side fun.

 

ATV Parking only at Arctic Cat

Love the trucks and the "ATV Parking Only."

 

Inside the Black Cat

At lunch at the Black Cat. Joey was supposed to be there, but he always ducks out when it's his turn to buy. Oh well, looking at the amazing photo collection on the wall is always worth it.

 

Arctic Cat Bearcat 570

2012 Arctic Cat Bearcat 570s on the assembly line.

 

Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo on the Arctic Cat Test Track

And a F1100 Turbo ripping around the test track at Mach 4.

 

Arctic Cat Marketing Dept

I was determined to get a photo of Kathy Johnson on this trip, so I went up to the Marketing department to look for her.

 

Where's Kathy?

Follow the arrows and Voila: Kathy!

Kathy has worked in Marketing for as long as I can remember, doing about a thousand different things each day that keep the wheels on this machine moving nicely.

Many Cat's Pride Club members know Kathy as the person who organizes and administers the activities. She's awesome.

I told here that after the interview with Gary Nelson, I wanted to do a Q&A with her. But she keeps blowing me off and saying that she's too busy. When I lean on her about it, she says that people aren't interested in what she does.

Baloney, I say.

 

Here's Kathy

When I tried to snap a photo of her, she held up a prize she'd found while doing some office rearranging: a packaged copy of the hardcover version of "LEGEND: Arctic Cat's First Four Decades."

That's a HUGE prize for sure. I suggested she keep it for a special occasion. Maybe to celebrate when she finally relents and does an interview for this site.

How about it Kathy?



Comments (8):

Shawn Hopkins says:
9/16/2011 7:39:00 PM

I get to be the firt Comment...Yay......I must add that Kathy johnson......ROCKS... I first met Kathy on the Arctic Cat Hometown Tour waaayyy back in 2001. She is always friendly and cheerful, and I am proud to call her a friend....C'mon Kathy give in to the "Peer Pressure" and give John his interview.
Chad Colby says:
9/16/2011 8:03:00 PM

Great update of TRF...... glad you caught Kathy, hee hee, good one Mr Insider.

And Bobby Flame (BF) needs to get those bars a BIT higher!
Super 8 says:
9/17/2011 12:22:00 AM

Related to the accessory guy Keith Johnson?
Tom Rowland says:
9/17/2011 4:02:00 PM

John, you look like Kyle Fiebelkorn nestled down in the drivers seat of that Wildcat.
Vince says:
9/17/2011 8:50:00 PM

Tell Bobby tail gate down and two ratchet straps, it's a smoother look than the sled up on the tailgate, a little less Wiscony if you will :)
David says:
9/19/2011 6:52:00 AM

Easy there Vince...easy LOL
Greg Hallstrom says:
9/20/2011 5:42:00 PM

What? Joey didn't buy at the Black Cat? Cheapskate! I still wish they would put lutefisk on the menu. That would bring in lots of Norwegians which is what mostly lives in Thief River Falls.

Darn! I should have gotten a picture of Kathy at the 50th when I was talking to her. She is my ex-father-in law's cousin so kinda sorta in the family.
catrocks says:
9/26/2011 10:49:00 PM

Kathy is the real deal, but Gary is the man. U do great things my friend.

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