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CPC Revisited: Episode 3 – A Barn Full of Sleds

(7/10/2012)

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today? I was lucky to find out.

Click to read Episode 3 – A Barn Full of Sleds.

 

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CPC Revisited: Episode 2 – Meeting Jim; the First Warehouse

(7/3/2012)

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today?

Last week I was lucky enough to find out.

Click to read Episode 2 – Meeting Jim; the First Warehouse.

 

 

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CPC Revisited: Episode 1 – The Overview

(7/1/2012)

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today?

Last week I was lucky enough to find out.

Click to read Episode I.

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Stephanie Getz's Arctic Cat Soap Box Derby Car

(6/25/2012)

Stephanie Getz "Arctic Cat" Soap Box Derby Car

After enjoying an awesome experience at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Celebration last summer, Andy Getz and his daughter Stephanie from North Canton, Ohio, decided to create an Arctic Cat soap box derby car.

Mission accomplished!

Click to see some more pix.

 

 

 

 

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Christian Bros. Racing Champions in the Arctic Cat Lobby

(6/20/2012)

Christian Bros. Racing display at Arctic Cat

Walk into the Arctic Cat lobby in Thief River Falls right now and you'll see a cool display commemorating the championship-winning success of Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons and D.J. Ekre.

Click to read about it.

 

 

 

 

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Random Photos (and Trivia Questions) for June 2012

(6/14/2012)

Prototype Arctic Cat Sno Pro race sled

Welcome to another edition of Random Photos. This month's batch includes some time-warpers, great submissions and even a Trivia Contest.

There's something for everyone in today's post.

Click to enjoy.

 

 

 

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For Sale: Tucker Hibbert’s 2010-11 Arctic Cat Race Sled

(6/13/2012)

Tucker Hibbert's 2010 & 2011 Arctic Cat Sno Pro race sled for sale

It isn’t too often that you get a chance to buy a mod sled from one of the top pros in the history of the sport, but this is one of those times.

Click to read about this 2010 (and 2011) Arctic Cat Sno Pro that Tucker Hibbert is selling.

UPDATE: The Sled is Sold.

 

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Q&A with Mike Larson, Arctic Cat Design Engineer

(6/8/2012)

Mike Larson, Snowmobile Design Engineer at Arctic Cat

The components of Arctic Cat snowmobiles are created because engineers like Mike Larson “draw” them via CAD.

Larson is a Design Engineer who helped create everything from Sno Pro race sleds to the 800 H.O. to projects that haven’t yet seen the light of day.

After a lot of arm-twisting, he finally agreed to an interview. Click to read it.

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Craigslist-of-the-Week: June 7 2012

(6/7/2012)

Craigslist for 6-7-12 Arctic Cat Krazy Kat

Yep, there IS something about a snowmobile 2-stroke triple...

Click to check out this Craigslist-of-the-week "Krazy Kat" complete with a ZRT 800 engine.

There's even a short video.

 

 

 

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A May Day at Speedwerx

(5/30/2012)

Inside the Speedwerx snowmobile, ATV and car performance shop

I recently spent a day at Speedwerx, where the high-performance gurus were up to their eyeballs developing, calibrating and building stuff that coaxes the last bit of juice out of all kinds of vehicles.

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Photo of the Day: Summer Snowmobiling

(5/29/2012)

Summer snowmobile fun with bikinis and dragsters

With Memorial Day weekend behind us (in the U.S.), it's my opinion that summer has officially begun.

Time to break out the bikinis and dragsters!

See you at the beach...

 

 

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Outtakes from CJ's Famous "Peace Out" Trail Cat Shoot

(5/22/2012)

Peace Out with CJ Ramstad and the Arctic Cat Trail Cat

Something about this classic image of legend C.J. Ramstad has always struck me.

Recently, while at the MSPN offices formerly owned by the late author, I uncovered a handful of slides from the same roll of film that produced the published shot.

Click to see them.

 

 

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Kids & Snowmobiles: Safety Net vs. Tool Kit?

(5/16/2012)

Me and my son Calvin on a snowmobile ride last winter

 

Ever since I read THIS HAUNTING STORY of 14-year-old Burton Winters' death, I've been thinking about my own childhood snowmobile adventures and when I'll let my own children ride without an adult present.

Click to read the ramblings of a parent.

 

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On the Wall at the Team Arctic Race Shop

(5/11/2012)

Jim Herzig memorial on the wall at Team Arctic Cat shop

There's lots to see on the wall at the Team Arctic Race Shop.

Click to see some of it.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Jeremy Fyle: Team Arctic Cross-Country Ace

(5/6/2012)

Team Arctic Cat's Jeremy Fyle

 

Combining raw talent and expert set-up, Team Arctic's Jeremy Fyle was a force in cross-country racing beginning in the late 1980s.

But the real story behind Fyle is his love and passion for the sport.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to Buy a 1975 Arctic Cat Factory Sno Pro?

(5/2/2012)

1975 Arctic Cat Factory Oval Sled on eBay

After explaining to your wife why you spent $7k on a Triumph Sno-Cycle, you'll need an encore of the puppy eyes to convince her that spending another $11K for another snowmobile on eBay.

I suggest buying some flowers and a gift-certificate for a day-spa. And switching to online-only bank statements (with a password that only you know).

Click to read.

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This Sno-Mo-Cycle Could Be Yours

(4/30/2012)

Cycle Sno Go

Thanks to the wonders of eBay, this snowmobile* could be yours**.

If it was, you would enjoy hours of great winter fun AND have a sweet Triumph Tiger Cub to roll during the summer.

Click to learn more.

 

*Okay, sno-mo-cycle

** For a minimum of $6,500

 

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Q&A with Dean Lawrenz: Master Service Technician

(4/25/2012)

Arctic Cat Service Technician, Dean LawrenzDoubtful there's someone else in the snowmobile industry with more years as a Service Technician than Arctic Cat's Dean Lawrenz.

Dean was nice enough to talk about some of his experiences in the 40-plus years he's worked at Arctic Cat.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

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Random Photos & Comments 4-20-12

(4/20/2012)

Random Arctic Cat photo

I obtain an obscene number of photos throughout the days, weeks and months. Some I take myself, others I pilfer from the internets and many are graciously sent to me.

All have an Arctic Cat twist. So it's time once again to share them with you.

Click to see some randomness.

 

 

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Arctic Cat Snowmobiles in Japan

(4/18/2012)

Arctic Cat snowmobile in Japan

If I didn't know otherwise, this shot of Arctic Cat M sleds in a powder wonderland looks like it's somewhere in the North American Rocky Mountains. Perhaps near Cooke City or Revelstoke?

Wrong.

It was taken near Sapporo, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Click to read about it.

 

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