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TGIF: The July 26, 2013 Edition

(7/26/2013)

TGIF from ArcticInsider.com. July 26, 2013

I'm thankful that the human spirit naturally compels us to compete, no matter what the vehicle or circumstance.

I'm thankful that the dreaded "inside ski lift" is a rare occurance when these guys take to the race track.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 26, 2013.

 

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TGIF: The July 19, 2013 Edition

(7/19/2013)

TGIF from ArcticInsider.com. July 19, 2013

I'm thankful it's Friday, July 19, 2013.

And I'm especially thankful that all kinds of people like Arctic Cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauretta & Roy Blomker: Thanks for the (2X) 30 Years!

(7/17/2013)

Arctic Cat's Lauretta & Roy Blomker. Photo by Duane Rux.Last Friday, after 30 years of dedication to their jobs at Arctic Cat, Lauretta and Roy Blomker stepped out of their weekly routine and into retirement.

I enjoyed a nice conversation with both of them during which they talked about what a pleasure it's been to work for Arctic Cat customers (and the company).

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"Ya Know" Arctic Cat Radio Spot from 1972

(7/16/2013)

 

Click Here for the 1-min. "Ya Know" Arctic Cat Radio Spot from 1972

Ya know, there's a lot of things ya didn't know about Arctic Cat...

1972 Arctic Cat "Get 'em while it's hot" snowmobile print ad

Click the story link for a larger version of this Arctic Cat ad from the 1972 snowmobile season.

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TGIF: The July 12, 2013 Edition

(7/12/2013)

TGIF from ArcticInsider.com. July 12, 2013

I'm thankful it's Friday, July 12, 2013.

I'm thankful I love snowmobiles and inventiveness.

And I'm thankful for Minnesota Rob for yet another TGIF contribution.

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Another Classic Arctic Cat Now Resides at the ZedShed

(7/9/2013)

Rich Pederson's 1980 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 340 race sled.

Rich Pederson of the ZedShed has another stunning Arctic Cat race sled that’s ready for display among his outstanding collection.

It’s a 1980 Arctic Cat 340 Sno Pro.

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Craigslist-of-the-Day (7-8-13): Arctic Cat Dirtmobile

(7/8/2013)

Arctic Cat craigslist-of-the-week 7-8-13

Wondering how to get your Arctic Cat snowmobile fix during the offseason?

If you desire something that runs like a crazed mongoose, here's an option that might be worth considering.

Click for more info.

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TGIF: The July 5, 2013 Edition

(7/4/2013)

TGIF from ArcticInsider.com. July 5, 2013

Yep... TGIF!

[Special thanks to Minnesota Rob.]

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Wishing You a Happy Independence Day!

(7/4/2013)

Arctic Cat ProCross/ProClimb chassis with independent front suspension

 

Happy Independence Day everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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ProCross Prototypes: A Moment in Time (November 2008)

(7/1/2013)

Arctic Cat engineers with prototype ProCross snowmobiles. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. Four Arctic Cat engineers pause for a brief moment with two prototype snowmobiles that will evolve into the ProCross chassis.

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A Story: "Count on the Cat" 1972 Arctic Cat Radio Spot #2

(6/28/2013)

CLICK HERE for the "Count on the Cat #2" story

You want drama?!? Click on the play button above and listen to this 1-min. radio spot produced by Arctic Cat for the 1972 season. It's a real kick in the...

 

Arctic Cat slide rail suspension ad from 1972

Click to see a larger image of the accompanying ad from 1972.

[From the Tom Ische Family Collection.]

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TGIF: The June 28, 2013 Edition

(6/28/2013)

TGIF June 28 2013

Indeed... TGIF.

[Special thanks to Minnesota Rob for idea & submission.]

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Exploring the Margins: Riding the Path Less Traveled

(6/26/2013)

Exploring the trail's edge on an Arctic Cat ProCross snowmobile. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

Sometimes the best way to enjoy a trail ride is by exploring the margins.

And something I learned from racing was how to explore the margins.

Click to read what I mean.

 

 

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"Count on the Cat" 1972 Arctic Cat Radio Spot #1

(6/20/2013)

1972 Arctic Cat snowmobile ad

 

Click Here to listen to Count On The Cat #1

Remember when radio and television ruled the airwaves? Me either. But they did.

And WHEN they did, Arctic Cat produced radio spots like this one from the 1972 season. (Just click the PLAY arrow above.)

*Special thanks to Cat collector Tom Ische for sending me this and other spots that I will post on a weekly basis.

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Q&A with Stephen Knox: The Man Behind BossCatLegacy.com

(6/18/2013)

Stephen Knox of bosscatlegacy.com

If you're an Arctic Cat fan, you've likely lost yourself for hours at BossCatLegacy.com. If you haven't yet seen this amazing site, I suggest that you set aside 8-10 uninterrupted hours to get a taste of what's there.

Stephen Knox is the person we can thank for creating this cyber museum for Arctic Cat history.

Here’s an interview with him.

 


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Happy 70th Birthday Roger Skime!

(6/11/2013)

Roger Skime at the 2010 I-500. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Seventy years ago today, Roger Skime entered the human race. And not once in the years since has he allowed the throttle to leave the handlebar.

Click to see a few pix, and to wish him a Happy Birthday.

 

 

 

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Enter Hammer & LumberHead: The Canadian Perspective

(6/10/2013)

Hammer and LumberHead breathing clean Canadian air

For the past few years I've enjoyed entertaining email exchanges with a couple Canadians who go by The Hammer and LumberHead.

Then the thought occurred to me that others might enjoy their north-of-the-border perspective on snowmobiles, ATVs and life.

So here's their introduction, with updates to come whenever they feel like it.

Enjoy.

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The Original Boss Cat I was a... Ditch Banger?

(6/7/2013)

Arctic Cat Boss Cat I in TRF

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term "ditch banger," this image of the original Arctic Cat Boss Cat I being tested in the ditch near Thief River Falls is seriously cool.

What do you suppose Aunt Ethel was thinking when, on her drive out of TRF, she sees this turbine rocketship blast on by?

Thanks to Tom Ische for the photo!

 

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May 2013 Trip Report: What I Saw at Arctic Cat This Week

(5/31/2013)

Arctic Cat pilot build room. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A couple of days spent at Arctic Cat this week confirmed there's great things ahead for the people and machines that move us along the trail of life.

Click to see some of those great people (and machines).

 

 

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Ken Buys a Puma: A Classic Tale of a Snowmobile Swap Meet

(5/30/2013)

How Ken Kranz bought a vintage Arctic Cat Puma snowmobile

This is an age-old tale of lust, marriage, honesty and redemption.

And of course it involves a snowmobile.

Click for the short read.

Thanks to Charles Plueddeman for the pix and story.

 

 

 

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