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Winnipeg-to-St. Paul... Fun Ride?

(8/15/2011)

1978 I-500 winner Brian Nelson on his Arctic Cat

I've had a couple of conversations recently with people who are kicking around the idea of riding (just for fun) the famed Winnipeg-to-St. Paul race route.

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Cat Girl Returns!?

(8/9/2011)

Arctic Cat Cat Girl

One of the more popular attractions at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary was the return of Cat Girl.

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Arctic Cat Prototype Engine Display

(8/5/2011)

prototype laydown engine

Of the many interesting displays at the Arctic Cat 50th celebration, one that kept catching my eye was the prototype engine display produced by the engineering department.

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Arctic Cat 50th Recap: People, Products & Passion

(8/1/2011)

Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary

The Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Celebration was even better than I'd hoped for.

Click to see some pix and read one man's thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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Day 1: Arctic Cat 50th Report

(7/30/2011)

Arctic Cat 50th Party Day 1

Amazing stuff here in TRF!

Here's a quick report from Friday at the Arctic Cat 50th Celebration.

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Thursday Pre-50th Report

(7/28/2011)

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Pre-Party Pix

A busy day at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, today. It's staggering the stuff I saw today, and it's not all here yet!

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Arctic Cat "50 Years of the Cat" Book & DVD

(7/27/2011)

"50 Years of the Cat" book from Arctic CatOf course I'm just a bit biased, but I think you're going to like the just-released "50 Years of the Cat" book.

It's a pictorial journey through the past 50 years of Arctic Cat that I wrote with the help of many great people. It's on sale this weekend at the 50th party, and soon at Cat dealerships.

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Bobby Flame's Wednesday Pre-50th Report

(7/27/2011)

Arctic Cat Pre-50th Report from Bobby Flame

Our favorite freestyler checks in with a Wednesday Pre-50th Report from Thief River Falls.

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Prepping for the 50th: Captain...America?

(7/27/2011)

Captain America and Corporal Crunch

Who is this capped crusader, and why is he prepping historic sleds (and decades of race gear) to display at the 50th?

Captain America?

Corporal Crunch?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bobby Flame's Tuesday Pre-50th Report

(7/26/2011)

Bobby Flame is getting hotter by the minute.

Bobby Flame checks in with some photos of what's movin' and shakin' in TRF as Arctic Cat people prepare for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Click to see what his wandering eye uncovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ride Your Prowler & ATV in TRF During the 50th

(7/26/2011)

Ride ATVs and Prowlers in TRF during the 50th

An ATV or Prowler might be best way to motor around TRF during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. It will be legal with a special permit.

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Three Strikes and...

(7/22/2011)

Drunken Jackass

What happens when a screamin' drunk guy zooms through a residential neighborhood at 60 mph on a snowmobile, in the summer, at 10 pm?

THIS is EXACTLY what happens.

 

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Arctic Cat's Gary Nelson

(7/22/2011)

Gary Nelson, Promotions Specialist at Arctic Cat

One of the people responsible for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration (and countless other events) talks about what to expect for next week, how it will be different from Cat Fest, and tells a good story about Roger Skime.

Click to read the interview Mr.-Many-Hats, Gary Nelson.

 

 

 

 

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Kranz & Kuster Collections: More Stuff You'll See at the 50th

(7/20/2011)

Becky Kranz and some of her Arcticwear Clothing collection

Two collections you'll get to see at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Celebration are those of Ken & Becky Kranz, and of Wayne & Cindy Kuster.

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Nelson I-500 El Tigre Replica Raffle

(7/19/2011)

Brian Nelson with a raffle replica of his 1978 I-500-winning Arctic Cat El Tigre Cross-Country

Instead of Brian Nelson standing by this rideable replica of his 1978 El Tigre Cross-Country I-500 winner, it could be YOU.

Nelson just completed this outstanding build and donated it to a special Snowmobile Hall of Fame raffle.

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Boss Cats to the Arctic Cat 50th Celebration

(7/13/2011)

Arctic Cat Boss Cat I, II & III

Boss Cat I, II and III are among the three most iconic snowmobiles in Arctic Cat history. Thanks to the considerable effort (and expense) of the Warning family, all three will be together at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary.

Click to see/read more.

(Thanks to Vintagesleds.com and BossCatLegacy.com for the photos).

 

 

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Smoke 'em if You've Got 'em

(7/12/2011)

If you smoke, use Arctic Cat lighters to spark-up

If you're planning on firing up a heater or two at the 50th, I suggest you do so with an appropriate flame source.

Click to see a few options.

 

(Thanks to Tom Rowland and Tom Ische for letting me shoot pix of their stuff.)

 

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Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary DVD

(7/12/2011)

Shooting the Arctic Cat 50th DVD

Arctic Cat has been busy creating a special 50th Anniversary DVD in time for the party, interviewing key people from the past 50 years.

The documentary-like DVD will include archival race footage and images, a look inside the Arctic Cat factory and great stories from people like the legend shown here.

Click to see some of the people whose stories will color the DVD, and perhaps win a sweet decal pack.

 

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Jeff Johnson Family Collection

(7/8/2011)

Johnson family and their Arctic Cat collection

Jeff Johnson and his family have an amazing collection of Arctic Cat machines -- some of which will be on display at the Arctic Cat 50th Celebration -- and an amazing shop that they're displayed in.

Click to see a couple.

 

 

 

 

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Oh Yeah Baby! Arctic Cat Minibikes

(7/8/2011)

Arctic Cat Ramrod minibike

I'm not sure what I love more: The utterly cool style of the Arctic Cat minibikes, or that one of the model names was Ramrod.

Ramrod!?!

They HAD to have laughed (a lot) about that one while sipping cocktails at the Legion after-hours, circa 1972.

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