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Q&A with USCC Pine Lake Pro Winner Brian Dick

(1/17/2012)

Arctic Cat engineer and racer, Brian Dick

On Sunday, Team Arctic racer (and Arctic Cat engineer) Brian Dick scored the win in Pro 600 at the season-opening USCC cross-country in Pine Lake, Minn.

The win capped a powerful showing by all Team Arctic racers and confirmed that the new Sno Pro 600 race sled is a force to be reckoned with in cross-country.

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Champions Never Stop Working: Brian Nelson is Back at It

(1/5/2012)

Brian Nelson is race-prepping an Arctic Cat Cross-Country El Tigre

 

Champions never stop working.

And once again, Team Arctic legend Brian Nelson has been busy race-prepping a fleet of 1979 Arctic Cat Cross-Country El Tigres for the upcoming USCC I-500.

Click to see his progress.

 

 

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End of the Year Randomness

(12/28/2011)

Eric Rouland from Arctic Cat, testing...

It's almost the end of 2011, and I have some random photos that I'd like to share.

 

There's even a very brief quiz.

BONUS PHOTO (as a hint for the quiz) just added!

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Where Do They Go?: Snowmobile Tracks in the Snow

(12/24/2011)

Snowmobile Tracks

Where do they go, these snowmobile tracks in the snow?

(Merry Christmas everyone!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat's Happy Holidays Card

(12/19/2011)

Happy Holidays from Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat has a nice Happy Holidays video for all of us.

CLICK HERE to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow Depth for 12.9.11: C'mon Mother Nature!

(12/9/2011)

snow depth 12-9-11

Here's the snow depth report from NOAA for Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

I know it's pretty normal for this time of year, but I'm not happy.

C'mon Mother Nature, bring us some snow!

 

 

 

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Racing Opener: Better Days Ahead

(12/8/2011)

Team Arctic's season opener at Duluth

How bad was the race season opener? Why? And what should we expect in the coming months?

I have a few thoughts to share.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Kevin Thompson, Arctic Cat Engineer

(12/1/2011)

Kevin Thompson, Arctic Cat Engineer

Arctic Cat engineer Kevin Thompson has played key roles on iconic sleds ranging from the ZR to the new ProCross/ProClimb. Thoughtful, articulate and able to draw upon a wide-range of experience, Thompson gave some great answers to a bunch of questions I recently asked.

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Making Tracks on First Snow

(11/21/2011)

First snow in my town this snowmobile season

This past weekend, the first snow fell (where I live) this snowmobile season.

Enough to make some tracks.

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Barn Find: Finding a 1971 King Kat Just 12 Miles From Home

(11/20/2011)

1971 Arctic Cat King Kat Barn Find

Just when I start to think that all the great, historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles have already been found, I catch word of another under-your-nose find.

The most recent example comes from Arctic Cat collector Tom Ische, who wrote of a truly awesome King Kat find.

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Audio Interview with Team Arctic's Dan Ebert

(11/17/2011)

Team Arctic's Dan Ebert

As the 2010 I-500 Champ, snocross title contender, excellent dirt track car racer and a skilled engineer, Team Arctic's Dan Ebert is one of the most versatile racers of his generation.

CLICK HERE to go to an audio interview with Ebert during which he talks about it all.

 

 

 

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Snowstorm-a-Comin' This Weekend?

(11/15/2011)

Snowstorm on the horizon?

I'm trying not to be like our local news sources and hype up what usually are dud events, but the medium range forecasts are pointing at a nice snowstorm for parts of the Midwest and Canada.

Like 14-inches by Sunday!

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday C.J. Ramstad! (Here's one of your great columns.)

(11/13/2011)

C.J. Ramstad

Today (Nov. 14), would have been C.J. Ramstad's 66th birthday, had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.

There's a strong likelihood that, without him, I would never have become a snowmobile journalist and this Website wouldn't exist.

So as a gift to yourself on C.J.'s birthday, please click to read a wonderful column that he penned for the Dec. 1982 issue of Snowmobile Magazine.

 

 

 

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Hey Stranger: Here's Why I Chose the F1100 Non-Turbo

(11/13/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat F1100

Two days ago, at a gas station in the town where I live, I had a short conversation with a guy who was genuinely stumped about two things: Why did I switch from my 2011 F8 to a 2012 F1100 4-stroke; and if I was going to get a new sled, why not an F800 or F1100 Turbo?

Well, if you’re that guy and happened to read this, here’s a more thoughtful answer than what I said that day at the pumps.

 

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Which Handlebar Riser for a '78 El Tigre?

(11/11/2011)

Which handlebar will Shane use on his Arctic Cat El Tigre?

When building his 1978 Arctic Cat El Tigre for the upcoming vintage racing season, Shane Gerwing appeared to have several options for his handlebar set-up.

But really, there was only one choice.

 

 

 

 

 

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A November Day at Arctic Cat

(11/9/2011)

Arctic Cat in TRF

 

Here's a few photos of what's going on at Arctic Cat on this November day in 2011.

 

 

 

 

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How Do You Say "I Love Arctic Cat" in Swedish?

(11/7/2011)

Swedish Arctic Cat fans

How do you say, "I Love Arctic Cat" in Swedish?

I don't know either. But Mikael Yngvesson, who owns one of the oldest Arctic Cat dealerships in Sweden, sent a photo of two customers that tells a universal story, and (sort-of) answers the question.

Click to see.

 

 

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Vintage Decals, Vintage (and Modern) Cross-Country Race

(11/7/2011)

Vintage snowmobile decals from the Winnipeg I-500

A few weeks ago I received a batch of repro decals -- iconic versions from the orignal Winnipeg I-500 cross-country -- from Steve Dahlen of St. Hilaire, Minn. (first town south of Thief River Falls on Hwy 32).

Steve made my day for two reasons: the amazing decals; and the more concrete news that of a St. Hilaire-area cross-country race this winter for two classes of vintage sleds, plus the Sno Pro 500 racer.

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Craig's List-of-the-Week: Nov. 1

(11/1/2011)

craigslist of week Nov. 1 Arctic Cat El Tigre

ATTENTION: Whomever bought this 1981 El Tigre... the previous owner wants it back.

Actually, he just wants to use it a few times, but just for racing. Seems reasonable.

Mmmkay?

 

 

 

 

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Happy Halloween (Don't Smash these Pumpkins)

(10/31/2011)

Arctic Cat Pumpkin from Jarred Zimmer

Happy Halloween!

(And thanks to Jarred Zimmer of Waterford, Penn., and Bobby Flame from Parts Unknown for sending pix of their pumpkins.)

 

 

 

 

 

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