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They're Making Tracks in TRF

(10/11/2018)

Arctic Cat engineers snowmobiling in TRF on Oct. 11, 2018.

Blessed with a few inches of fresh snow and a projected high of just 31 degrees, Arctic Cat engineers got an early jump on winter today by laying down some tracks in the ditch outside of the factory.

Piloting just-built 2019 ZR 8000s, Jeff Olson and Wes Selby are spending the day breaking-in some of their test units, gettiing the sleds through Stage One of the procedure (wonderfully ironic in light of yesterday's post) so they're ready for bigger days ahead.

Snowmobile tracks in fresh snow in TRF on Oct. 11...just like that, everything's right in the world!

Thanks to Joey Hallstrom for the sweet pix! Click to see a few more.

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Snow Covers Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls

(10/10/2018)

Arctic Cat snow day. October 10, 2018

A fresh coat of snow blanketed Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls today, bringing smiles to everyone there who loves winter.

No, it's not going to last. And yes, warmer days are ahead.

But it's a beautiful reminder that winter is bearing down upon us.

(Thanks to Rhob for the photo.)

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Old Style Racing: That's they Way They Did it in 1983

(10/5/2018)

You deserve snowmobile racing and Old Style Beer.

"After racing, nothing goes down as smooth and easy as Old Style Beer. Whether you're racing or a spectator, take a case along to your next race."

That was the message hitting readers of Snow Week magazine waaaaaaaaay back in 1983.

I suspect there are some people who take great offense to these ads. Such as those who drank/drink Busch Light, Zima and Bud Dry.

One thing's for sure: Snowmobilers do it with style.

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Legends Gather (Four Years Later): Team Arctic Sno Pro Reunion 2.0

(9/27/2018)

Team Arctic Sno Pro reunion 2.0. Photo by Jim Dimmerman.

Four years ago the core of Team Arctic's legendary Sno Pro team reuinited for the first time in more than three decades.

Larry Coltom, Dave Thompson, Bob Elsner, Jim Dimmerman, Roger Skime, Bill Ness and Bill Decker gathered, told stories and relived a part of their lives that was as magical as it was magnificent. 

Well, they did it again a few weeks ago...this time in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

And once again Dimmerman takes us there and shares the story with us.

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Flashback: Jan. 17, 2010. The Day Ekre (Could Have) Won the I-500

(9/24/2018)

Team Arctic Cat's DJ Ekre, 2010 USCC I-500, photo by ArcticInsider.com

Who: DJ Ekre

What: Day 3 of the 2010 USCC I-500 cross-country.

When: January 17, 2010.

Where: One mile from the first fuel stop just outside of Goodridge, Minnesota

One of the best cross-country racers of the era, Ekre was on the cusp of what would have been his first-ever win in the I-500 XC. He led after day one, and again after day two. Heading into the first of two fuel stops on the final day, Ekre’s lead was several minutes. But his date with destiny would soon unravel, in the form of track failure.

In a cruel twist of fate, the Ripsaw track on Ekre’s sled ripped lengthwise in two areas, effectively ending his race at the halfway point of the final day. The same fate befell his teammates Cory Davis, Ryan Simons and Chad Kyllo.

It was a heartbreaking end to Ekre’s I-500, a race that he was never able to claim during an otherwise storied career.

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Sled Review: 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited

(9/20/2018)

2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited sled review by ArcticInsider.com

Last winter I got cozy with a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited.

Smooth...refined...dialed-in...it is exactly what you'd expect from a machine that's seen continuous improvement and upgrades over the past six years.

Click for a reveiw.

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Hay Days 2018 Recap: They Came, They Saw, They Loved It

(9/14/2018)

2018 Hay Days. Arctic Cat, snowmobiles and people.

The 2018 edition of Sno Baron's Hay Days extravaganza came in like a '03 Firecat and left like a 9000 turbo. And somewhere in the midst of the high speed whirlwind of horsepower, thousands of snowmobilers paused long enough to soak in a just a bit of the sport's biggest, loudest, rockingest, stinkiest, drinkingest, coolest, craziest and mostest event.

Here's just a sampling of what happened in the first three minutes of the weekend...

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Just Released: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC Cross-Country Racer

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer

Arctic Cat unveiled the new 2019 ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer at Hay Days. Not a lot of new stuff, but some nice upgrades for Team Green racers who want the latest-and-greatest.

Click for a quick recap of all the details.

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Just Launched: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX Snocross Race Sled

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled

When you pretty much conquer every single snocross class the season prior, you can be forgiven for not completely reinventing a new snowmobile for the upcoming season.

Still, Arctic Cat did NOT rest on their laurels for 2019, as evidenced by the all-new ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled unveiled this past weekend at Hay Days.

They added the Dual Stage Induction (DSI) system to the C-TEC2 engine, made new forged aluminum spindles while retaining last year's outstanding geometry, recalibrated the FOX shock package, fixed a bunch of little gremlins and more.

Click to read the goodness.

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Just Released: Arctic Cat 2019 M6000 ALPHA ONE

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE

Arctic Cat unveiled three new 2019 snowmobiles at Hay Days this past weekend, one of which is the M6000 ALPHA ONE, which features the stunning single-beam rear suspension and track system that has pretty much revolutionized backcountry riding since it's debut last spring.

It's little surprise that Cat will equip an M6000 with the new ALPHA ONE system, complementing the M8000 version. In presenting the newest machine at Hay Days on Saturday, Arctic Cat reiterated that it's aimed at riders who are looking to learn and hone their backcountry skills.

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Here's What Happened at Hay Days (in 1978)

(9/6/2018)

1978 Hay Days grass drags

Want to know what happened at Hay Days without having to brave the crowds, overpriced parking and other sundry stuff?

Well, here's what happened...in 1978. Courtesy of Minnesota Snowmobiler magazine.

For those who want something a bit more fresh, I'll see you the Annual Sno Baron's Hay Days extravaganza happening in Minnesota this weekend. Be at the Arctic Cat booth at 1pm on Saturday to see the unveiling.

Booya!

 

 

 

 

 

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They Laughed...When I Mixed Freestyle & Watercross

(8/31/2018)

They laughed...but not at Arctic Cat.

Kids...DEFINITELY try this at home.

 

 

 

 

 

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TGIF: The Aug. 31, 2018 Suzuki Prowler Edition

(8/31/2018)

Arctic Cat / Suzuki Prowler snowmobile

I'm thankful for the Arctic Cat Prowler (1990-1995, RIP).

I'm thankful for the nearly 4 decades of Suzuki engine power in Arctic Cat snowmobiles, and the strong connection that existed between the two companies.

I'm thankful for those dedicated few who couldn't say goodbye to either the Prowler or Suzuki power.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

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No Ordinary Forklift: The Origins of Arctic Cat

(8/11/2018)

Roger Skime-built Arctic Enterprises forklift. Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What does an old forklift, Roger Skime, Edgar Hetten, David Johnson, Arctic Cat and Polaris have to do with one another?

More than I would have ever imagined.

Click to read a story about the origins of Arctic Cat, the founders of Polaris and the little known history of no ordinary forklift.

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Lurking Within: A Cat, A Race and a Mighty Good Feeling

(8/3/2018)

Race that Arctic Cat.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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TGIF: The Aug. 3, 2018 Bunny Edition

(8/3/2018)

Playboy bunnies and Arctic Cat Panther: A love story.

I'm thankful for bygone eras and the bunnies who played them.

I'm thankful that snowmobile companies steered clear of #scandal and paid no #hushmoney.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

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Arctic Cat County Fair in TRF

(7/26/2018)

Arctic Cat village at the Pennington County Fair 2018. Photo by ArcticInsider

It looked a lot like Catfest at the Pennington County Fair in Thief River Falls, last week. There were Team Arctic racers, vintage sleds, new sleds and wheelers. And people. Lot's of people!

What's Catfest? It was a once-every-five-years celebration of everything Arctic Cat that occurred in TRF beginning in the late 1980s and through the 1990s.

By pairing with the Pennington County Fair (itself one of the most vibrant county fairs in Minnesota). the five day event had lots of added attraction.

I was lucky to spend an afternoon there. Click to see some pix.

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ISHOF 2018 Inductees

(7/17/2018)

2018 ISHOF Inductees

The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wis., recently announced its 2018 inductees and special award winners:

Dave Guenther, Volunteer, Breezy Point, MN

Curt Kennedy, Volunteer, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bobby Unser, Inventor, Albuquerque, NM

Stan Slack, Volunteer, Nova Scotia, Canada

Tim Haberberger, Groomer of the Year, Alpine, Wyo.

Cumberland Snowmobile Club, Nova Scotia

Bill Schumann, Volunteer, Manitowish Waters, Wis.

Congrats to all! Click to read about their accomplishments and dedication to the sport of snowmobiling.

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Fast, Historically

(7/12/2018)

Arctic Cat Worlds Fastest Snowmobile advertising

One of the things I've always loved about Arctic Cat is the brand's brazen spirit to build some of the fastest snowmobiles, and then to celebrate it.

From Boss Cat to Thundercat, there's a long and powerful history of fast, badass snowmobiles and to-the-point advertising that talked about it.

Here are some of my favorites.

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TGIF: The June 29, 2018 Delivery Edition

(6/29/2018)

Like ArcticInsider, Aloutte delivers! What, I'm not sure.

I'm thankful for the space age, the new rage and the competitive stage.

I'm thankful for companies that don't just talk the talk, but that also walk the walk and TRULY deliver.

I'm thankful the dork in the red helmet rides with his eyes closed, because he's missing this right-hand turn.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 29, 2018.

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