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Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary Taking Shape

(4/12/2011)

Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Celebration

Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary Celebration is July 29-30, 2011.

It's gonna be huge!

While many details are still coming together, click the link to read a few of the things you need to know

 

 

 

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Q&A with Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Race Coordinator

(4/7/2011)

Not Uncle Sam...Uncle Al.

While the Team Arctic Racing program has a long history of excellence, its success during the past 20 years has been particularly impressive. One of the people we can credit for that success is Al Shimpa.

Click to read the interview with Al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat to Transfer Production to Brazil

(4/1/2011)

Made in Brazil

Goodbye Thief River Falls, Hello Sao Paulo (Brazil)????

Click to read a fake story about Arctic Cat's plans to produce snowmobiles in Brazil.

 

 

NEWS UPDATE: It's April 1st Folks! And this story was intended only as a joke.

 

 

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The Future of Oval Racing (or Just Another Sideshow)?

(3/29/2011)

Thanks to the slednecks over at SledRacer.com, my eyes were opened to this concept "sit in" oval race sled conceived and built by oval guru John Hooper.

I can't help but think of Gilles Villeneueve, Alouette, Manta, Ski-Doo twin-trackers and other interesting sleds that have have carved a unique niche (while slicing away the very elements that we think of as "normal").

The future of oval racing...or just the latest in a long line of sideshows?

Click to read more.

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14 More Dates & Locations to See the 2012 Arctic Cats

(3/29/2011)

Stadium snowmobiling?

There are 14 more North American locations to see, touch, lift, scratch, sniff, dream and otherwise get intimate with the new 2012 Arctic Cat line.

Click for the remaining dates/locations.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Jack Nelson, Arctic Cat Styling Engineer

(3/29/2011)

Jack Nelson

One of the guys responsible for helping shape and create the new line of 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Jack Nelson earns his keep as a Styling Engineer in the Arctic Cat Plastics Group. It's the kind of job he's performed at Arctic Cat since 1975, and he's damn good at it.

Smilin' Jack was kind enough to answer some questions about role within the company. Click to read them.

 

 

 

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March Border Lakes Ride

(3/23/2011)

Border Route Ride

Last weekend, my brother-in-law and I hauled a load of lumber to the family cabin on North Fowl Lake. A border lake of Minnesota and Ontario, Fowl is part of a chain of lakes that serves as the basis of a REALLY cool ride, skirting the BWCA Wilderness and through some very wild country.

Done with our chores, we embarked on a fine March ride that totalled 160 miles, two lake trout, one dead deer, one dead moose and myriad memories.

Click to read about it.

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10 Q&As with Tucker Hibbert

(3/22/2011)

Tucker gives everyone the finger

By winning both ISOC Pro high-point championship titles this past weekend at the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis., Tucker Hibbert fulfilled one of his main goals for the season.

Then, while sitting in the airport waiting for his flight to Norway (for the FIM Snocross World Championships) he fulfilled his other goal of being interviewed by me for ArcticInsider.com.

Click to read it.

 

 

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July 29-31: Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Party

(3/21/2011)

Arctic Cat employees at the 1 Millionth Celebration

The dates have been set: Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place July 29-31, 2011, in Thief River Falls, Minn.

 

 

 

 

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Random Photos, March Edition

(3/18/2011)

What the 2012s Arctic Cats could have looked like?

Welcome to the March, 2011 version of Random Photos.

Click to see what I scrounged up for your viewing pleasure (and my own laughter).

 

 

 

 

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My Son's First Snowmobile Race

(3/15/2011)

Calvin and race sled

My son Calvin raced a snowmobile for the first time this past weekend, at the USCC cross-country race in Warroad, Minn.

During a winter in which we've had some amazing snowmobile experiences, this was MAJOR highlight.

Here's what we learned.

 

 

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More Tech Pix and Descriptions of the 2012 Arctic Cats

(3/11/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat

There's so much more to explain about the 2012 model year Arctic Cat sleds, here's a brief overview of just some of it.

Lots more in-depth stuff coming over the next weeks.

Click to see it.

 

 

 

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2012 Arctic Cat Snowmobile MSRP for U.S. and Canada

(3/9/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Retail Pricing

Click to see the U.S. and Canadian MSRP of the 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

 

 

 

 

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10 Observations About the 2012 Arctic Cats

(3/9/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat

After witnessing the evolution of the “F4” during the past three years, then recently spending the better part of three days riding pre-production versions of the 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, here are 10 observations I’d like to share.

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Wraps Come Off Soon: 2012 Arctic Cats

(3/5/2011)

The 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles...under wraps

Sorry I haven't posted anything for a few days. It's because I've been riding these sleds (and will continue to do so for another day).

Schaawing!

I'm confident Arctic Cat riders are going to be pleased.

 

 

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See the New Cats at (Most) Sneak Peek Shows

(3/3/2011)

sneak peek

Want to see, touch, smell, sit on and feel the new 2012 Arctic Cat sleds yourself, rather than having to wait for smuggled images posted on this (and other) forums?

Click on the ad link on this page for the Sneak Peek shows.

 

But take note! There will be no Arctic Cat sleds at the first show in Colebrook, NH.

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Prepping for Cain's Quest

(3/2/2011)

Michael & Rob (l) getting ready for Cain's Quest

I know three brave souls who will compete in the upcoming Cain's Quest adventure race in Labrador and Newfoundland, beginning March 12.

Paul Dick, Rex Hibbert and Rob Hallstrom.

Click to see some inside-the-shop pix of their sleds.

 

 

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Final Sneak Peek Video for Arctic Cat's 2012 Snowmobiles?

(3/2/2011)

An 1100 Turbo for 2012Arctic Cat gives us yet another tidbit about their 2012 Model line: An 1100 Turbo in the new chassis.

The vented center portion of the hood is clearly different than the pix that people have been posting in the forum, which suggests...multiple engines. Plus, as the spy photos indicated, the sled appears in both long and standard track configurations.

 

Click HERE to see Carl's latest video.

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Inside the Fox Factory Midwest Center

(2/27/2011)

Getting the Fox EVOL Upgrade...sweet!

I recently spent a day at the Fox Shox Midwest Service Center in Brainerd, Minn., getting an EVOL Uprgade for my F8's Float shocks, and checking out exactly what goes on there.

Click to check it out.

 

 

 

 

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Part Deux: Arctic Cat's 2012 Teaser Video

(2/24/2011)

2012 Arctic Cat front suspension

This is a screen-capture from the newest Arctic Cat teaser video for their 2012 snowmobile line.

I see a one-piece spindle w/ball joints, and wide spacing between the A-arms, just like on the Sno Pro 500/600. But definitely a more sculpted spindle.

I couldn't see the dingle-arm but I think I see the turbo encabulator.

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