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Q&A with Corey Friesen, Senior Graphics Stylist at Arctic Cat

(10/30/2011)

Corey Friesen, Arctic CatAs Senior Graphics Stylist at Arctic Cat, Corey Friesen is the guy responsible for creating the colors and graphic details of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides.

Pretty sweet job!

Click to read an interview with him.

 

 

 

 

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Winter's First Wallop!

(10/30/2011)

Snow storm wallops east coast, snowmobilers rejoice

The largest ever winter storm walloped the east coast this weekend, dropping 2 feet of snow in many areas.

While I’m saddened by the human (and hassle) toll this storm has brought, I’m also grinning from ear-to-ear.

Click to see a couple pix from the Daily Mail.

 

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8 Pix (and Spec's) of the 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Race Sled

(10/24/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled

 

Click to see eight beautiful studio images of the 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled, as well as full specifications of both the Snocross and Cross-Country versions.

 

 

 

 

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Reminded of the Arctic Cat Flying Tigers

(10/24/2011)

Arctic Cat Flying Tigers Ad

Looking at a recent photo of Aaron Scheele's shop, I was reminded of one of the all-time great Arctic Cat ads: Flying Tigers.

Click to see why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1973 Arctic Cat Test Crew

(10/24/2011)

Arctic Cat Test Crew circa 1973-74

Here's a photo of the Arctic Cat test crew from 1973-74 that surfaced this past summer.

Click for a mostly-complete list of names, and to add any more infomation if you have it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ische's 1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro

(10/18/2011)

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

After yesterday's post showing some of the Ische family's Arctic Cat memorabilia, I realized that I didn't show any pix of Tom, Nancy or Brianna.

So here are some photos of them with their mind-boggling 1974 Sno Pro race sled.

(These images were taken for the "50 Years of the Cat" book.)

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Lots More Arctic Cat Memorabilia (Ische Collection)

(10/17/2011)

Ische family collection of Arctic Cat memorabilia

After thinking I was pretty cool with my new (old) Arctic Cat lighters and ZR 440 toy, I went through some photos of the Ische family's collection taken to produce the "50 Years of the Cat" book.

What I have is few odds and ends. What the Isches have is a collection.

So click to check out just some of their cool Arctic Cat memorabilia.

 

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Scored!: Sweet Arctic Cat Memorabilia

(10/16/2011)

Brian Sturgeon model Arctic Cat ZR 440

I don't mean to gloat (and it's not like these things are outrageously-rare) but I just got a couple of items I've wanted for a LONG time.

Now... should I play with fire or with a toy snowmobile?

 

 

 

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When Seeing Snowmobiles Was Like Winning the Lottery

(10/11/2011)

 Archie Comics Snowmobile

Sometimes I forget that there was a time, not too many years ago, when the only viewable information we could get about snowmobiles was either magazines, books and promotional material.

Even Archie Comics were cool if there a snowmobile was involved.

And those few times I stumbled upon snowmobiling on television was like winning the lottery.

Click to read my ramble.

 

 

 

 

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Mid-School Trivia Contest

(10/11/2011)

ArcticInsider Mid-School Trivia Contest for Arctic Cat fans

The first person who answers all of the mid-school, diabolical questions correctly, wins an infamous ArcticInsider Gift Pack.

Good luck, and cheat if you want.

 

 

 

 

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2012 Supplemental Arctic Cat P,G&A Catalog

(10/10/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat supplemental P,G&A Catalog

Every year Arctic Cat produces a parts/accessories/Arcticwear catalog with its new and popular items. The thing is, that catalog is only some of the stuff they actually have available.

They also create supplemental catalog that includes many new items (not in the color catalog), as well as lots of other good parts/accessories, but most of us never see it.

CLICK HERE to download a 10MB pdf of the catalog.

 

 

 

 

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Two Perfect Days in TRF

(10/3/2011)

Thief River in Thief River Falls

 

What was going on in Thief River Falls last Friday - Saturday?

Click to see a few pix.

 

 

 

 

 

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SHOF Raffle: Win a Nelson-Built Replica

(9/29/2011)

Nelson-built Arctic Cat El Tigre Cross-Country for SHOF Raffle

For all of you who want (or are building) a modernized vintage Arctic Cat El Tigre Cross-Country, throw down $10 for a chance to win one built by Brian Nelson (right).

You'll be supporting the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in the process.

Click for more info.

 

 

 

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Q&A with Andy Beavis, Arctic Cat Engineer

(9/27/2011)

Andy Beavis, Arctic Cat Engineer

Andy Beavis is a Design Engineer at Arctic Cat, who designs parts and assemblies for the company's mountain sleds.

Click to read about his job, and to see his sweet skills to ride the machines he designs.

 

 

 

 

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Pre-Season Testing of the Arctic Cat Sno Pro Racer

(9/22/2011)

Testing the prototype Arctic Cat Sno Pro race sled

I’m really pumped that the new 2012 Sno Pro 600 race sled is built on the same ProCross platform that we regular riders will get.

This past spring I witnessed handful of engineers and racers spending the day testing one of the early prototype Sno Pro 600 race sleds.

 

 

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Racer of the Year: Joey Hallstrom???

(9/21/2011)

Arctic Cat's Joey Hallstrom is Racer of the Year

 

On the heels of the 2012 F1100 Turbo Sno Pro winning Snowmobile of the Year honors, another Arctic Cat icon earned a prestigious award:

Joey Hallstrom was named Racer of the Year.

Huh?

Click to see some congratulatory pix, and for news on how you can dethrone him for next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sled of the Year: Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo

(9/20/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo Sno Pro is the Sled of the Year

The November issue of Snow Goer magazine is out, in which the editors named the 2012 F1100 Turbo Sno Pro the "Snowmobile of the Year."

My question for you is: Does an award from the snowmobile media influence you, in any way?

 

 

 

 

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Sept. 15 Trip to Arctic Cat

(9/16/2011)

Arctic Cat TRF Trip in Sept.

I was at Arctic Cat in TRF yesterday. A quick one-day trip to do some work, get a photo of Kathy Johnson and see some friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is What 600 HP Looks Like

(9/14/2011)

D&D Hypersports Turbo Arctic Cat

Hypersports/D&D built a 600-plus horsepower drag racer based on the 2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo.

Here are a few pix and video.

UPDATED with another sweet new video.

 

 

 

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34 Things I Learned at Hay Days 2011

(9/13/2011)

2011 Hay Days

I know it's cool to brag about how long you've been going to certain popular events (FYI: I've been going to Hay Days since 1953).

I'm not very cool, but here are 34 things I learned at the 2011 edition of this remarkable event.

 

 

 

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