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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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Aug. '13 Trip Report: (Some of) What I Saw at Arctic Cat This Week


Welcome to Arctic Cat, let me get the door for you.

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls this week, where the engine of progress was humming along at 8100 RPM and the people who make it happen opened up the doors for all of us to see.

Click to read about (some of) what was going on at my favorite place in the world.

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Flashback: Testing Arctic Cat ProCross Prototypes in the Spring of 2010


Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom & Ryan Hayes with prototypes in 2010. Photo:

Flashback: Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

The springtime ice on the Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minn., is dark, with 10-ft. gaps between it and the shoreline where Arctic Cat engineers Larry Coltom (left) and Ryan Hayes are testing prototype ProCross and ProClimb snowmobiles.

The deteriorating ice conditions will soon force the various engineering crews to move to Colorado’s Grand Mesa and to Thompson, Manitoba, to continue development of the prototype machines.

But there are still a few days worth of testing in Minnesota, and on this day Coltom and Hayes are comparing and calibrating the F800 and XF800 prototypes...

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TGIF: The Aug. 16, 2013 Edition


Mighty Good Feeling Arctic Cat handful ad.

I'm thankful for the humor and confidence that infused so many Arctic Cat ads over the years.

I'm thankful for the 1970s.

I'm thankful for the mighty good feelin' that comes with the Cat.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

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A Mighty Good Arctic Cat Radio Spot from 1977


Mighty Good Feeling Comes with the Cat

The year is 1977... after you hear the last rocking notes of Meatloaf blast through the single speaker of the clock radio in your bedroom, an ad from Arctic Cat is broadcast during which you hear this great line:

"Owning an Arctic Cat feels like you can lick the whole world."

Yep, it really happened.

Click below to hear it for yourself.

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TGIF: The Aug. 9, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Aug. 9, 2013 snowmomoto edition

I'm thankful for snow. I'm thankful for the rubber track.

I'm also thankful for skis.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

(Super-thankful to Minnesota Rob continuing support of TGIF.)

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Former Arctic Cat Pres. Lowell Swenson to be Inducted into ISHOF


Former Arctic Cat president Lowell Swenson

On Sept. 13-15, former Arctic Cat President Lowell Swenson will be postumously inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wis.

Swenson was a key figure in Arctic Cat history, guiding the company through the tumultuous decade that began in 1966.

Click to read his bio.

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Return of the Winnipeg I-500 Cross-Country?


Brian Nelson of USXC recons a Winnipeg I-500

What do you think of a return of a point-to-point I-500? 

Brian Nelson, owner of USXC, thinks enough about it that he and Joey Hallstrom spent a day last spring doing reconnaissance of a route from Winnipeg to Thief River Falls.

Nelson's goal is a return to the Winnipeg for 2015. 

Click to read more.

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TGIF: The Aug. 1, 2013 Edition


TGIF: Aug. 2, 2013

I'm thankful for snowmobiles and choppers.

I'm thankful for the inventive spirit that pervades the world of snowmobiling. 

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.



(Thanks to Minnesota Rob for the submission.)

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Transport Yourself to 1980: 1-min. El Tigre & Jag Radio Spot


1980 Arctic Cat El Tigre & Jag snowmobiles

Click below for a 1-minute transport back in time to 1980 (when you might have been listening to the radio and heard this commercial for the Arctic Cat El Tigre and Jag).

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Q&A with Adam Kuiken: Senior Test Engineer for Arctic Cat


Engineer Adam Kuiken with a prototype Arctic Cat. Photo by

Adam Kuiken is an Arctic Cat Senior Test Engineer whose job is to develop and collect test data during product development.

It's amazing (to me) the kind of data he's able to collect, and how that translates into the machines we buy.

Click to read the interview with him.



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TGIF: The July 26, 2013 Edition


TGIF from 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


TGIF from 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!


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).

Click to read.



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"Ya Know" Arctic Cat Radio Spot from 1972



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


TGIF from 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


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.

Click to see and read more.






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


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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