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Thursday Pre-50th Report


(7/28/2011)

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Don't make the wrong turn here and end up in Zerkel.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

And don't stop here with your cell-phone camera, hoping to capture a shot of of some test riders on prototype Arctic Cats.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Instead, go until you see this tower. This is "home" to Arctic Cat fans for this weekend.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Yep, Cat's only this weekend.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

LOTS of Cats. More than I've ever seen, especially when you consider the historical factor. Mind boggling the number of machines here.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Mmmmm, eye candy.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Dick Krogstad with his 1966 Panther, one of just 21 produced.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

1972 Whisker minibike in a box? Yep.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

An Arctic Cat dealership from 1973?

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Ole Tweet (r) talking with Wayne Kuster about this rare Kitten.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Joey claims the hand in this classic shot is his. The grin on his face suggests he's being truthful.

 

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Remember the 1100cc Thundercat Triple? Me neither. But Cat was considering it back in 2000 when it built this prototype engine, one of several amazing engines on display.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

More minibikes and a Wet Bike

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Henry Briscoe, a big collector from New York, is here. No sleds on this trip, just catching up with old friends and enjoying the gift of life. Henry is awesome!

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Factory tours were popular today, and will be on Friday as well.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Probably true.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

The Arctic Cat store at the fairgrounds is full of sweet stuff just for the 50th. Get there early, because I'm buying enough goodies that they might run out.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Dave Guenther (l) and Greg Harris, looking tough by the ATV test track. Going to be lots of test-rides over the weekend.

 

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

Speaking of test rides...looks like this House Cat is taking a ride on Ken Kranz's King Kat. Ken and Becky brought an Arcticwear clothing collection that is insane. I'll post pix of it tomorrow.

Gotta go now, lots more pix to shoot. See y'all tomorrow and Saturday.



Comments (8):

Akrider says:
7/28/2011 9:46:00 PM

Thanks for posting pictures of the event. Being in AK it is too far for me to go to visit but at least I can check it out online!
Alley Cat says:
7/28/2011 10:09:00 PM

MORE PICTURES!! Quicker! Faster!
Krille says:
7/29/2011 7:53:00 AM

Hello, have they realest the new sno pro 600? if so send some pix =)
Todd Ulschmid says:
7/29/2011 8:29:00 AM

Next best thing to being there.... Thanks for sharing all the pics and info. Dang, I wish I could have made it up there.
Wankel303 says:
7/29/2011 2:39:00 PM

Thanks for the pics,wish I could be there.
Mark Schoeder says:
7/29/2011 6:03:00 PM

Thanks for all of the pictures!! I have been pouting all week because I could not go. I will have to settle for the Book and dvd combo and lots of pictures.
DAVE HARRIMAN says:
7/29/2011 6:25:00 PM

HANK INVITED ME TWO GO WITH HIM. I WISHED I COULD. MADE ITTO THE 87 FESTIVAL AND REALLY ENJOYED IT. KEEP THE GREAT PICTURES COMING. THANKS DAVE
Ted Paterak says:
7/31/2011 8:42:00 AM

Thanks for posting the pic's ! Would there happen to be a triple with fuel injection laying around there ? I had heard a long time ago that the experimented with that also....Are those F7 cylinders on that triple in the picture ?

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