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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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Mystery Solved: The 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Racer

(9/10/2011)

Mystery Arctic Cat Machine?

As many here guessed, the announced Arctic Cat unveiling at Hay Days was the new-for-2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 ProCross race sled.

For the first time since 2004, the Arctic Cat race sled is largely identical to the Arctic Cat sleds the rest of us ride.

Click to read about what will make this a championship-ready machine for racers, and why it's important for the rest of us.

 

 

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Can you ID this Team Arctic Racing Legend?

(9/9/2011)

Arctic Cat racing legend sporting his favorite decals

Captured by Swedish/Arctic Cat mad-man Bengan Westerlund, this image of a legendary Team Arctic champ sets up a trivia question for today:

Who is it?

The first person (other than Stephen Knox or Bengan) to answer correctly receives one of my infamous care packages.

 

 

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What Sled Will Arctic Cat Unveil at Hay Days?

(9/6/2011)

Yet-unnamed new-for-2012 Arctic Cat

I just received an invitation to a new-for-2012 Arctic Cat snowmobile unveiling at Hay Days this coming weekend.

Hmmm... I wonder what new sled Arctic Cat will pull the wraps off?

Any suggestions?

 

 

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Cheers to You This Labor Day Weekend

(9/1/2011)

First 1975 Arctic Cat rolls off the assembly line

 

Cheers to everyone observing Labor Day weekend.

After this weekend, Summer is over (in my view, at least).

 

 

 

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What Treasures Might Surface?

(8/30/2011)

Prototype Single-Ski Arctic Cat

I believe there are still many more machines tucked away in barns, shops and garages.

And I believe that time will eventually shake loose their roots, enabling them to surface.

Question is, what machines?

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Kirk Hibbert's End-of-Summer Time-Warp

(8/26/2011)

Team Tigershark's Kirk Hibbert

The last weekend of September often sees Arctic Cat people the world-over enjoying the final fleeting glimmers of summer.

Some are going to the Outlaw Grass Drags/Swap Meet in Princeton, Minn., some are just chillin' with friends while others are buying new jeans and shoes for school.

Meanwhile, Team Arctic's Kirk Hibbert is enjoying a day on the river, riding his Tigershark, hanging-out with Joey and wondering who the heck is chasing him on WetBikes.

Click for the end-of-summer time warp.

 

 

 

 

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Glad Arctic Cat Went Fish'n

(8/23/2011)

Arctic Cat had a fishing trip in 1982-83. I’m glad that Arctic Cat went fish'n for a couple years, because it ultimately led the company to where it is today.

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