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Happy Halloween 2012

(10/30/2012)

Happy Halloween

Trick or Treat? Both!

I wish you a mischievious Halloween.

Special thanks to Todd S. from Waupaca, Wis., for sending in this year's Official Pumpkin for ArcticInsider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dimmerman Files: Stories about the Phantom Sno Pro

(10/30/2012)

Jim Dimmerman Jim Dimmerman is synomous with the heyday of Sno Pro oval racing, with Team Arctic and the World Championship.

Dimmerman has lived an amazing history; has the gift of storytelling; remembers nearly EVERY detail. He and I are talking about some ideas for more of this kind of stuff.

This thread contains some of his memories about the iconic Phantom.

Updated 11-2-12


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Update: More Pix of Dimmerman's World-Champ Phantom Sno Pro

(10/26/2012)

Jim Dimmerman's Phantom Sno Pro race sled will be restored for the 50th

Here are some more photos of Dimmerman's almost-restored 1984 World Championship Phantom.

The pix were shot a couple days ago at Nielsen Enterprises and illustrate how close this sled is to becoming a runner.

Click to make the jump.

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat Fiscal 2013 2nd QTR Results

(10/25/2012)

Arctic Cat Fiscal 2013 2nd QTR

Financially it was another strong quarter for Arctic Cat. The highlights:

*Net sales grew 12 percent

*Record net earnings and earnings per diluted share (17% and 57%)

*Operating expenses as a percent of sales declined to 11 percent versus 12 percent;

*Operating profit rose 18 percent to $38.8 million, up from $32.9 million;

*No long-term debt.

Click to read the financial report.

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The Phantom for the Eagle River 50th

(10/24/2012)

Jim Dimmerman's Phantom Sno Pro race sled will be restored for the 50th

The Phantom Returns!

Jim Dimmerman is restoring the 1984 Eagle River World's Championship-winning Phantom racer for celebrations commemorating the event's upcoming 50th Anniversary.

Here a few pix of the progress.

 

 

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Q&A with Gary Flynn: Man of Many (Arcticwear) Hats

(10/22/2012)

Gary Flynn of Arctic Cat

 

Beginning in 1970, Gary Flynn embarked upon a career with Arctic Cat that has been as varied as it is remarkable.

A few days before retiring last month, Flynn sat down and told me some great stories about his many years at Arctic Cat.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

 

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Improved: 2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled

(10/22/2012)

2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled photo by ArcticInsider.com

New chassis and suspension geometry... updated drivetrain components...improved braking...

Yes indeed Arctic Cat was serious about improving the new 2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled.

Click to read about all the improvements to the new race sled.

 

 

 

 

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Two Days Inside Arctic Cat: The October 2012 Edition

(10/11/2012)

Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, MN

 

As always there is a whole lotta shakin' going on at Arctic Cat.

Click to check out some of the stuff and people I stumbled upon while spending two days there earlier this week.

 

 

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Q&A with Dan Ebert: From Factory Racer to Crew Chief

(10/8/2012)

Team Arctic Cat's Dan & Russ Ebert

 

Team Arctic Factory snocrosser Dan Ebert (left) emerged from a what's-next-in-life crossroads by deciding to take over the role of crew chief formerly held by his dad Russ (right).

Click to read the interview with Dan.

 

 

 

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Joey Hallstrom's Oct. 5, 2013 Ride Report

(10/6/2012)

2012-13 Arctic Cat October Shakedown Ride

"It feels so good to get on a sled again."

-Joey Hallstrom, Arctic Cat Product Manager

Click to read Joey's report from a 60-mile ride with Arctic Cat's Roger Skime and Don Fugelseth.

 

 

 

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The Day After: Roger Skime Makes Tracks in October Snow

(10/5/2012)

Arctic Cat's Roger Skime makes his first tracks of the season

One day after an October storm dumped snow on Thief River Falls, Arctic Cat legend Roger Skime did EXACTLY what he's done after every first-snow since 1962: Make tracks!

Click to see two pix.

 

 

 

 

 

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October Blizzard at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls!

(10/4/2012)

October snow at Arctic Cat in TRF

An October Hometown Blizzard in Thief River Falls!

Five inches of snow already on the ground and upwards of another five still to come.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

 

 

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An Arctic Cat Picture That Makes You Say "Hmmm..."

(10/4/2012)

2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 ProCross Race Chassis

Sometimes I see photos that make me say, "Hmmm...."

This is one of them.

Click for (a little) more info.

 

 

 

 

 

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Logan Christian Talks About Testing the 2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Racer

(10/2/2012)

Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing pro Logan Christian

Each spring a handful of Arctic Cat engineers and Team Arctic racers test and evaluate parts and ideas being considered for the next-generation Sno Pro race sled.

Logan Christian is one of those racers.

Here’s what the Christian Bros. Racing pilot had to say about the experience, along with a little teaser about we will see on the 2013 Sno Pro.

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Babying my Baby (er, I mean my Snowmobile)

(9/28/2012)

Dirt riding with my snowmobile

For as long as I’ve been snowmobiling, I’ve babied my snowmobiles.

Unlike the guy who blasts across a road, his track spinning a thousand rpm with sparks shooting out the back.

Click to read.

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Random Photos & Commentary 9-21-12

(9/21/2012)

SnoBear snowmobile

It's Friday, Sept. 21 of 2012.

How about some Arctic Cat randomness to enjoy the day?

Click to see.

 

 

 

 

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The Arctic Cat Display Building of 1971-1973

(9/20/2012)

Arctic Cat Display Building from 1971

Once upon a time Arctic Cat had a display building in Thief River Falls, full of snowmobiles, mini bikes, boats and other cool products.

Here is documentation of that time, along with my hope that such a time might one day return.

Click to read.

 

 

 

 

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Briggs & Stratton 206 Engine Poised to Improve 120-Class Racing

(9/18/2012)

David Klaus of Briggs & Stratton with the new 206 engine

Iconic engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton was at Hay Days this year displaying its 206 Sealed Crate engine, which can make modified 120-class snowmobile racing WAY more affordable and fair.

Click to read about the new engine.

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat F800 Tucker Hibbert Replica (with a Tucker interview)

(9/10/2012)

Tucker Hibbert and the Arctic Cat F800 Race Replica

Here's the skinny on the just-released Arctic Cat F800 Tucker Hibbert Race-Replica snowmobile, including an interview about the sled with Tucker.

Click for info, pix and the interview.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Pam Cwikla: The Long Perspective on Arctic Cat

(9/4/2012)

Arctic Cat's Pam Cwikla

If Arctic Cat is a family, then Pam Cwikla could be considered its mother figure. Her career at Arctic Cat began in 1967 and she's held many interesting jobs.

Pam is awesome for many reasons, including all the great insight, memories and pictures she shares in this interview.

Click to read it.

 

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