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Joey Hallstrom's Oct. 5, 2013 Ride Report


2012-13 Arctic Cat October Shakedown Ride

"It feels so good to get on a sled again."

-Joey Hallstrom, Arctic Cat Product Manager

Click to read Joey's report from a 60-mile ride with Arctic Cat's Roger Skime and Don Fugelseth.




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The Day After: Roger Skime Makes Tracks in October Snow


Arctic Cat's Roger Skime makes his first tracks of the season

One day after an October storm dumped snow on Thief River Falls, Arctic Cat legend Roger Skime did EXACTLY what he's done after every first-snow since 1962: Make tracks!

Click to see two pix.






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October Blizzard at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls!


October snow at Arctic Cat in TRF

An October Hometown Blizzard in Thief River Falls!

Five inches of snow already on the ground and upwards of another five still to come.

Click to see some pix.





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An Arctic Cat Picture That Makes You Say "Hmmm..."


2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 ProCross Race Chassis

Sometimes I see photos that make me say, "Hmmm...."

This is one of them.

Click for (a little) more info.






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Logan Christian Talks About Testing the 2013 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Racer


Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing pro Logan Christian

Each spring a handful of Arctic Cat engineers and Team Arctic racers test and evaluate parts and ideas being considered for the next-generation Sno Pro race sled.

Logan Christian is one of those racers.

Here’s what the Christian Bros. Racing pilot had to say about the experience, along with a little teaser about we will see on the 2013 Sno Pro.

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Babying my Baby (er, I mean my Snowmobile)


Dirt riding with my snowmobile

For as long as I’ve been snowmobiling, I’ve babied my snowmobiles.

Unlike the guy who blasts across a road, his track spinning a thousand rpm with sparks shooting out the back.

Click to read.

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Random Photos & Commentary 9-21-12


SnoBear snowmobile

It's Friday, Sept. 21 of 2012.

How about some Arctic Cat randomness to enjoy the day?

Click to see.





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The Arctic Cat Display Building of 1971-1973


Arctic Cat Display Building from 1971

Once upon a time Arctic Cat had a display building in Thief River Falls, full of snowmobiles, mini bikes, boats and other cool products.

Here is documentation of that time, along with my hope that such a time might one day return.

Click to read.





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Briggs & Stratton 206 Engine Poised to Improve 120-Class Racing


David Klaus of Briggs & Stratton with the new 206 engine

Iconic engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton was at Hay Days this year displaying its 206 Sealed Crate engine, which can make modified 120-class snowmobile racing WAY more affordable and fair.

Click to read about the new engine.





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Arctic Cat F800 Tucker Hibbert Replica (with a Tucker interview)


Tucker Hibbert and the Arctic Cat F800 Race Replica

Here's the skinny on the just-released Arctic Cat F800 Tucker Hibbert Race-Replica snowmobile, including an interview about the sled with Tucker.

Click for info, pix and the interview.





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Q&A with Pam Cwikla: The Long Perspective on Arctic Cat


Arctic Cat's Pam Cwikla

If Arctic Cat is a family, then Pam Cwikla could be considered its mother figure. Her career at Arctic Cat began in 1967 and she's held many interesting jobs.

Pam is awesome for many reasons, including all the great insight, memories and pictures she shares in this interview.

Click to read it.


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Any Guesses on the Tucker Hibbert & Arctic Cat Announcement?


Tucker Hibbert and Arctic Cat Announcement at Hay Days 2013

Posted on Arctic Cat's Facebook page and website, this image and countdown suggests some sort of announcement at the Sno Baron's Hay Days event on Sept. 8.

Any guesses as to what it is?

Click for my first guess.





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Craigslist-of-the-Week: Aug. 28 2012


Craigslist for 8-28-12 Arctic Cat 800 with a sweet riser system


Even Bobby Flame knows that 6-plus-3-plus-6 DOESN'T total the full 20-inches of handlebar riser required for proper ditch banging.

Nevertheless, the owner is willing to trade for ANYTHING!

Click for more info.

(And thanks to Michael Baker for sending this gem to me.)


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Shop Tour: Inside Colt Dellandrea’s Race Shop


Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Garage… man-cave… race shop…male crisis-center… No matter what you call the space where people work on their toys, it’s as much a part of these sports as the places we ride.

Click to see the race shop of Team Arctic oval racer Colt Dellandrea from Kincardine, Ontario.




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Tell Us a Story: Brian Espeseth and the 1984 Snow Goer Shootout


1984 Arctic Cat el Tigre in Snow Goer Magazine

I'm adding a new, semi-regular department to ArcticInsider called "Tell Us a Story."

And I'm kicking it off with the guy (and story) who inspired it: Brian Espeseth, sharing a hilarious story about some "leveling of the playing field" at the 1984 Snow Goer magazine Shootout.

Click to read the story.

And thanks, Espo!

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More Updates on 2013 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles


2013 Arctic Cat XF High Country snowmobile steering update

Additional updates have been incorporated into 2013 model year Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Click to read about them.






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Tom Wantland is Tweaking a Thundercat to 147 mph


Tom Wantland's Arctic Cat Thundercat project

To achieve his goal of setting an NSSR World Speed record this coming season, Tom Wantland went to a wind tunnel with his Arctic Cat Thundercat Pro Stock racer to find an extra 3 mph.

Will it be enough?

Click to read.



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(A Brief) July Trip to Arctic Cat


Arctic Insider is welcomed by TRF

Last week I spent a brief amount of time at Arctic Cat following the succesful Class 5 Rally.

Here's a very short post on what I saw.





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Friday Roundup: The July 27 2012 Edition


Wild Bill Cooper

As always, there's stuff happening in the world of Arctic Cat, snowmobiles and ATVs.

Click to read the Friday Roundup.






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CPC Revisited: Episode 5 – The Epilogue


CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

Click to read the fifth and final episode of the CPC Revisited series - The Epilogue. 





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