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TGIF: The Aug. 9, 2013 Edition

(8/9/2013)

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

(8/8/2013)

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?

(8/5/2013)

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

(8/2/2013)

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

(7/30/2013)

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

(7/26/2013)

Engineer Adam Kuiken with a prototype Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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

(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.

Click to see and read more.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Click to read a short description.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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