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TBT: Tom Porter Snowmoto Oval Racing


(10/26/2017)

Team Arctic Sno Pro Tom Porter, 1973 EXT.

This throwback is to 1973 (or 1975, see comments), with Team Arctic's Tom Porter roosting away on his factory EXT Sno Pro sled.

Such a badass photo!

It's a reminder that yes, even 4-plus decades ago, winter could be cruel and the races could be as much moto as they were snow.



Comments (4):

Jeff says:
10/26/2017 5:11:00 PM

Great pic, reminds me of a poster they had around 89 or so with a wildcat on the summer test track, caption read something about running a few of them into the ground.
Duane says:
10/27/2017 9:44:00 AM

Not to be a douche but that pic I'm certain is from the World Series in March of 75 at Weedsport NY. We were there racing also and I remember him doing very well. Another way to tell is if you look at the sled closely, you will notice the tunnel, seat, and gas tank are 75 Z stuff.
G rod says:
10/27/2017 11:35:00 AM

I live right in weedsport. Sure wish they used these tracks today for oval. It’s nuts they don’t. Sucks.
gbarchives67-72 says:
10/28/2017 7:27:00 AM

There were so many neat heavily customized Free Air Cats back then with cross bred EXT and Z and home made parts. I've heard it was Porters who first gained Cat fame from chopped down hoods and widening the front end and added pods to cover the wider front axle. This is what I always envisioned the stillborn 1974 EXT to look like. Too bad 73-74 was a bad year and Cat held back on building the '74 oval trackers in mass market. Instead they made update kits for the older EXT's. Nice shot!

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