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Golden Years?: The 50th Eagle River World Championship Derby

(1/22/2013)

Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby

The Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby turned 50 this past weekend.

As always is the case at the Derby, there was plenty of pomp, ceremony and celebration. There was even a little bit of racing.

Click to read my review of the birthday party.

 

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One More for the Derby: 1979 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Elsner Replica

(1/18/2013)

Tom Ische's replica build of Bob Elsner's Arctic Cat 1979 Sno Pro Derby Champ

He got it done in time to bring to Eagle River!

I'm referring to the 1979 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Bob Elsner replica sled that collector Tom Ische built for this weekend's 50th Anniversary of the Eagle River World Championship.

This was the surprise I referred to in yesterday's post.

Click to see the pix of this beautiful machine.

 

 

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1969 Panther Replica a Tribute to Roger Janssen

(1/17/2013)

Replica of Roger Janssen's 1969 World Championship Arctic Cat Panther Mod built by Tom Ische

Arctic Cat racing legend Roger Janssen, 1969 World Champion

As a tribute to Team Arctic legend Roger Janssen, and to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary Eagle River World's Championships, collector Tom Ische built a replica of Janssen's WC-winning 1969 Arctic Cat Panther mod.

Both the sled and Janssen will be at Eagle River this weekend, making a few laps together around the famed oval. What a sight it will be!

Click for the story.

(Special thanks to Brianna Ische for the great photos of the sled and Janssen.)

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Blair Morgan Interview: Catching Up with the Superman

(1/6/2013)

Blair Morgan, photo by ArcticInsider.com

I will never forget the first time I saw Blair Morgan race.

I will never forget the shock and disbelief upon learning he was paralyzed.

And I will never forget the genuine and honest discussion we had last week about his life and career.

Click to read an interview with a real Superman.

 

 

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End of 2012 Randomness

(12/31/2012)

Team Arctic's youthful Sno Pro program in 1978

As far as years go, 2012 seemed about as random as most.

To celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of another, here are some mostly Arctic Cat pix that are pretty random.

There are also some trivia questions for you hotshots.

Happy randomness this (and every) year!

 

 

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Snow Depth for (much of) North America on Christmas 2012

(12/25/2012)

snow depth 12-25-12

 

Half of the United States is covered in snow this Christmas.

Most of Canada has some serious snow cover. And there are some wonderful purples in the Rockies (especially the Canadian Rocks)

Awesome!

Keep it coming Ma.

 

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A Sort-Of Arctic Cat Xmas Party at the Zedshed

(12/19/2012)

The Zedshed classic Arctic Cat vintage sled collection. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

Christmas came to the Zedshed this December, when a flock of Arctic Cat people gathered  in a barn to enjoy an amazing collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles and to share in the wonderful gift of fellowship.

Click to read about this remarkable evening.

 

 

 

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Snow...Nature's Great Transformer

(12/11/2012)

Hagemann on his 1979 Arctic Cat Jag

 

There is no weather event that so completely (and quickly) transforms us as snow.

Snow brings instant joy. And optimism.

Click to read what I mean.

 

 

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The 2013 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Inductees

(12/5/2012)

Snocross superman Blair Morgan, photo by ArcticInsider

The four 2013 inductees into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame have officially been announced.

They are Blair Morgan, Norman Ball III, John Zeglin and Bob Bracey.

Congratulations to them all!

Click to read their bio's.

 

 

 

 

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Inside the FOX SHOX Midwest Service Center

(11/23/2012)

Inside the FOX Shox Service Center in Baxter, Minn.Last week I spent the afternoon at the FOX Shox Midwest Center at their new location Baxter, Minn.

Click to see some of the cool stuff going on there.

Plus there's a BONUS TRIVIA Contest at the end of the story.

 

 

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A Peek at the Projects Inside John Anderson's Shop

(11/14/2012)

Inside John Anderson's shop

Last week while at Arctic Cat, I stopped by my friend John Anderson's shop to see what kind of cool projects he has cooking.

As usual, there was a lot to see.

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Snapshot of What's Happening at Arctic Cat: Nov. 2012 Edition

(11/9/2012)

Roger Skime of Arctic Cat, photo: ArcticInsider.com

 

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls for the past couple of days.

Here's a snapshot of what (and who) I saw.

Click to see it all.

 

 

 

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"She Can Ride" Backcountry Clinics with Amber Holt

(11/6/2012)

She Can Ride Clinics

For women who want to learn the skills to ride confidently in the backcountry, or for couples who want to learn together, check out accomplished mountain rider Amber Holt's Backcountry Basics.

Click to read more.

 

 

 

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Masters of Styling Part II: Leon Raiter and Leroy Kapsner

(11/5/2012)

Original Arctic Cat art and styling models from Leon Raiter

Here's Part II of the "Masters of Styling" story about Leon Raiter and Leroy Kapsner, two remarkable influences on Arctic Cat snowmobiles and products.

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Masters of Styling Part I: Meeting Leon Raiter and Leroy Kapsner

(11/1/2012)

Leon Raiter, former stylist at Arctic Cat

You're looking at Leon Raiter, master stylist at Arctic Cat until 1981. He penned some of the all-time classic snowmobiles.

I had the immense pleasure to spend this past Saturday talking with him and Leroy Kapsner about their years at Arctic Cat.

Click to read Part I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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