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TGIF: The Oct. 11, 2013 Edition


Marv Jorgenson recorded a snowmobile speed record of 142.6 mph in 1982

I'm thankful that on Feb. 7, 1982, then-40-year-old Marv Jorgenson essentially straddled a 250 hp, 1325-cc Kawasaki motorcycle engine and pulled the trigger.

I'm thankful that, instead of blowing Marv to the moon, this snowmobile rocketed down the 1/4-mile ice straight in Rice Lake, Wis., to record a new snowmobile world speed record of 142.6 mph.

I'm thankful that some people have truly monstrous kahunas.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

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Vintage Radio: The 1980 Arctic Cat Pantera & Trail Cat


1980 Arctic Cat Pantera brochure page

"All the bells and whistles that man has yet devised to fit a snowmobile, converge in appropriate reality in this machine."

Yes, that's just one of the juicy bits you'll hear when you click on the media player below and listen to the 1-min. radio ad for the 1980 Arctic Cat Pantera and Trail Cat.

Click the link to see a couple more images.

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Wide Open Into Winter: The Country Cat Open House


Country Cat Open House

This weekend I joined about 500-700 enthusiasts at the Country Cat Open House in Sauk Centre, Minn., to usher in the season.

Man, do I love an Open House, especially one that includes all the right ingredients: conversation, deals, movies, pork sandwiches, kids and plenty of seat time.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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TGIF: The Oct. 4, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Snowmobiles and golf DO mix!

I'm thankful for getting a tee time tomorrow afternoon.

I'm thankful that, no matter how much I stink at playing golf, I'm going to kick the crap out of everyone else when it comes to getting around the course.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, October 4, 2013.

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Tell Us a Story: Brian Espeseth and the 1982 Arctic Cat Prototypes


Arctic Cat's Brian Espeseth and the sale of 1982 prototypes

Brian Espeseth retired earlier this year from a long, illustrious career at Arctic Cat dating back to 1975. Espo is truly one of the all-time greats, a real legend.

Awhile back I interviewed him. And like typical conversations with Espo, he started talking and telling stories while completely ignoring what had been my general outline.

So instead of running a typical interview, I'll post a few of his stories, including this one about how he sold 13 of the prototype 1982 Arctic Cats.

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TGIF: The Sept. 27, 2013 Edition


Shriners Snowmobile Corps on Massey-Ferguson Ski Whiz

I'm thankful for the Shriners, whose grace and life-giving mission have made the world a better place.

Gee whiz, I'm thankful for Ski Whiz.

And I'm thankful its Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

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TGIF: The Sept. 20, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Sept. 20, 2013 the Arctic Cat Bunny

I'm thankful for the vast array of snowmobile outerwear items available today.

I'm thankful for mountains, cats and bunnies.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

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The Hidden Beauty of a Barn Find


Arctic Cat Panther barn find

Not a month goes by without someone telling me they know of some old snowmobiles sitting in a barn somewhere.

There's always more to these trips than what first meets the eye.

Click to read more.

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TGIF: The Sept. 13, 2013 Edition


TGIF: The Harley-Davidson-at-Hay-Days Edition

I'm thankful that, back in 1923, the Sno Baron's experimented hosting a snowmobile event that included drag racing.

I'm thankful that both Harley and Davidson competed in the Outlaw class.

I'm thankful they tweaked the event by moving it from March to September.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

(Also thankful that Minnesota Rob captured the moment with his first-gen Kodak Brownie camera.)

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Hay Days 2013: Always Worth Seeing


Bird's Eye of Hay Days 2013, photo by Chad Colby

When it comes to sights, smells and entertainment, the Sno Baron's Hay Days always delivers.

Click to get a taste of snowmobiling's version of the State Fair.

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2014 Arctic Cat XC & SX Sno Pro 600 Race Sled Info


2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 R Sno Pro Race Sled

In addition to releasing the consumer 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro sleds at Hay Days, Arctic Cat also had on display the XC racing version of the ZR6000 R Sno Pro.

Yes, the race sled (I know, the naming makes it a bit confusing).

Click to see the specifications and updates to both the SX and XC 2014 race sleds.

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Unveiled at Hay Days: 2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro and ZR 6000 RR


2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro by ArcticInsider

The big news from Arctic Cat at Hay Days is the just-announced 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro.

Both sleds feature the new C-TEC2 599cc Arctic Cat engine with Dual-Stage Induction.

Click to read the specifics of these two machines.

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TGIF: The Sept. 6, 2013 Edition


Sno Baron's Hay Days: The Early Years

I'm thankful for the gumption of snowmobile club members whose passion for the sport compels them to host summertime events.

I'm thankful for the heat, dust, swap, races, unveilings, porta-pottys and controlled chaos that has occurred this time of the season for nearly 50 years.

I'm thankful for Sno-Baron's Hay Days.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

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Flashback: Arctic Cat El Tigre 6000 in February 2013


Arctic Cat Engineers Greg Spaulding and Larry Coltom with El Tigre 6000

Flashback: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Inside the Arctic Cat snowmobile engineering shop, engineers Greg Spaulding (left) and Larry Coltom inspect the APV exhaust valves on the Arctic Cat C-TEC2 599cc engine that Coltom will take for a test ride in short order.

It's late enough in the afternoon that these two racing veterans are asking the photographer questions about what happened during the second leg of the USXC I-500 cross-country race that had concluded a couple hours earlier.

They're interested in the stories about eventual race winner Ryan Simons soaring over approaches with a speed and severity that brings gasps, but they're mostly concentrating on inspecting the engine in this pre-production snowmobile. There is still much work to squeeze in, before the phone calls from home wondering about dinnertime.

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Guess Which Sleds Cat Will Reveal at Hay Days Contest


Arctic Cat Reveal at 2013 Hay Days

Arctic Cat sent an email blast with the above information.

Two new sleds will be revealed at Hay Days!

So let's have a quick contest: Guess The New Arctic Cat Sleds!

A special care package to the winner!

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Extra Goodies: 2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Accessory & Reference Guide


Arctic Cat 2014 Snowmobile Accessory Catalog

Arctic Cat just released their 2014 Accessory Reference Guide for snowmobiles.

The reference guide features updated/new products (as well as older products for previous generation snowmobiles) not featured in the color accessory catalog.

New items include skis, tunnel straps, tunnel packs, clutch guard updates and more (to see the items and page numbers of the new products, click for the full story).

CLICK HERE to download the PDF. The guide is 3.3MB, so the download takes a moment.

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TGIF: The Aug. 30, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Aug. 30, 2013 edition

I'm thankful for snow.

I'm thankful for four-passenger roominess available with so many different automobiles.

I'm thankful the human spirit is infused with a sense of humor.

I'm thankful for door locks.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

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Vintage Radio: Year After Year it's Arctic Cat in the Stock Classes


1975 Arctic Cat snowmobile race advertisement.

Below is a 1-min. radio advertisement that Arctic Cat produced for the 1975 season. It highlights the success of the Team Arctic race program.

The Team Arctic race program is still exceptional today... but the years of having radio ads about the race program are waaaaaaay in the rear-view.

I suppose the upside is that we can play such vintage spots on our comp-u-tators as frequently as we wish...

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Princeton Swap Meet: My 2014 Snowmobile Season Begins


Arctic Cat stuff at Princeton.

I hit my first snowmobile show/swap event of the 2013-14 season this past weekend in Princeton, Minn., where the 20th Annual Outlaw Drags unfolded in perfect opposition to a blasted heat wave.

It's awesome how trailer loads of sleds and parts combine with conversations about snowmobiling to put you in a winter state of mind.

Click to see some pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 23, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Snowmobiles, water and Arctic Cat

I'm thankful for water. I'm thankful for snowmobiles.

I'm thankful the human spirit compels us to occasionally throw caution to the wind, hit the gas and hope for the best.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

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