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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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The Other Return-of-the-el Tigre 6000

(5/27/2013)

1985 Arctic Cat el Tigre 6000 owned by Tom Rowland, photo by ArcticInsider.comThe 2014 Arctic Cat el Tigre 6000 is noteworthy for many reasons, including the new technology coupled with the return of its hallowed name to the lineup.

Interestingly, it's not the first time that "el Tigre 6000" came back to the litter sporting new technology.

Click to read.

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Q&A with Glenn Hall, Team Arctic Drag Racer

(5/24/2013)

Team Arctic drag racer Glenn Hall, photo by ArcticInsider.com

For the past decade Team Arctic drag racer Glenn Hall has been on top of the sport where wins are measured by hundreths of a second, yet the time to get there takes hundreds of hours.

And then it can all be over... instantly.

Click to read an interview with Hall, who almost lost it all last year at the Hay Days grass drags.

 

 

 

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Top-7 Reasons to Attend the Classic Sled Roundup

(5/23/2013)

SHOF Classic Sled Roundup

Looking to get your fix of snowmobiles, racing, swapping and history this Labor  Christmas President’s MEMORIAL Day weekend?

Here are the top-7 reasons to attend the Classic Sled Roundup in St. Germain, Wis., this Sunday, May 26.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Seeing Hidden Treasure

(5/21/2013)

Arctic Cat el tigre Z440, photo by ArcticInsider.com

Whether it’s a jaunt to the grocery store for milk or a five-hour cruise to some faraway destination, each and every drive is a visual treasure hunt.

Read on… I think you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

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Snowmobile Status Symbols

(5/16/2013)

FOX SHOX for snowmobiles: A status symbol

Over the years, a number of snowmobile components have held sort of a status or coolness factor, at least for me.

FOX SHOX have been on the list.

Click to read about some others.

 

 

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FOX SHOX Museum: Four Decades of Suspension Goodness

(5/14/2013)

FOX SHOX Museum and 40-year history

Last month, FOX SHOX threw-down with a grand opening of a brand-new museum commemorating their first 40 years of shock history.

Held at the company's HQ in Scotts Valley, Calif., the event was a chance to look back over the fascinating history of a motorsports icon.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

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Getting Revved Up for Prom in Minnesota

(5/6/2013)

May 2 snowstorm brightens prom prospects in SE Minnesota

The winter of 2013 continued its snowy march towards summer, dumping more than 14-in. of snow in Southeastern Minnesota last week.

The snow added a new element to the traditional prom festivities for the Alden-Conger High School. Making the most of it were Jordan Bute (L) and Parker Hemmingsen.

Click to see a few more pix.

 

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April 22: (Maybe) Our Last Ride of the 2013 Season

(4/24/2013)

April 22 2013 snowmobile ride on the Minnesota North Shore

On Monday, April 22, six of us enjoyed an awesome 125-mile snowmobile ride on Minnesota's North Shore (of Lake Superior).

It was the latest that any of us could remember riding in Minnesota (in nearly ideal conditions).

Click to read the story.

 

 

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Q&A with Ross Spoonland: The 10,294-Miles (in a season) Man

(4/21/2013)

Ross Spoonland rode 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat CrossTour

Ross Spoonland has my admiration, respect and envy. And for good reason.

In the span of four months he notched 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat XF1100 CrossTour!

Yes… that’s TEN THOUSAND!

Click to read about his amazing season.

 

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April Ditch Riding in Northern Minnesota

(4/19/2013)

Mike Swinehart rides well into April

Northern Minnesota got hammered with another storm last night, with upwards of 24 inches falling along the North Shore.

This shot was sent to me today from Mike Swinehart, who took it while riding in the Emily, Minn., area.

Click to see another shot from Mike.

 

 

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The Art of Displaying Decals

(4/19/2013)

Decal art on my shop fridge.

Decals are like fine art. They need to be displayed somewhere for you to enjoy them.

For many of us, that display surface is a refrigerator or tool box.

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Endless Winter: Love it or...

(4/11/2013)

April snow storm in the Midwest

Many of us in the upper Midwest are enjoying a doozy of a snow storm today, April 11.

The talking heads on television and radio are apologizing for the weather.

Friends and relatives are complaining.

What's not to love about an endless winter?

 

 

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A 1987 El Tigre Custom from The Cat Kid (aka Doug Hanson)

(4/9/2013)

Doug Hanson's custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre AFSDoug Hanson's custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre AFS

A Before/After of the sweet custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre 6000 built by Doug "The Cat Kid" Hanson

Click for some cool pix as well as some background on Hanson himself.

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Arctic Cat & Yamaha: How Did We Miss All the Hints?

(4/1/2013)

Prototype YamaCat Cross-Country by Bob VojvodichNearly as shocking as the news of Arctic Cat/Yamaha partnership was that it happened without the industry catching wind of it.

In a sport that feeds on rumor and innuendo, there were no real hints or clues about it from either company prior to the official announcement.

Or was there?

Recently I perused a stack of old sled magazines and brochures to see if there were indeed hints that foretold of this historic event.

I was blown away by what I found!

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