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'71 King Kat on Display at Arctic Cat

(5/9/2011)

Tom Ische delivering his '71 King Kat for display

When was the last time a 1971 800 King Kat was inside of Arctic Cat? Probably the fall of 1970.

Arctic Cat collectors Tom, Nancy and Brianna Ische delivered their original '71 King last Friday, for display in the lobby until the 50th Anniversary. Like all machines in the Ische Collection, this Cat is a stunner!

 

 

 

 

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1100 4-Stroke Discussion

(5/5/2011)

1100 4-stroke engine

With the big buzz revolving around Arctic Cats 1100 4-stroke engines for 2012, I recently talked with Cord Christensen, Four Stroke Engine Group Leader at Arctic Cat, about the engine and some of the elements associated with it.

Click to read the interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Your Sled Ready for Summer

(5/2/2011)

Summer Sledding Anyone?

Unwilling to accept that Summer is knocking on the door?

Same with me.

Maybe we can take a cue from Arctic Cat Engineering and convert our sleds for summertime fun?

 

 

 

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50th Anniversary Update: Make Plans to Display Your Cat

(4/27/2011)

Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary

Here's an update on Arctic Cat's upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration, including contact information about displaying your Arctic Cat stuff.

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Rest In Peace, Eric Skogman

(4/22/2011)

Eric Skogman

Eric Skogman, a journalist in the snowmobile industry for more than a decade, passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

A benefit and celebration in his honor will take place tomorrow in Hopkins, Minn.

Click to read about Eric and the benefit.

 

 

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Craig's List-of-the-Week: April 21

(4/21/2011)

Craig's List of Week April 21, 2011

 

Anyone seen my ZR600? I put the rattle-cans to it and now I can't find it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Light is Right: Est. Dry Weights of the 2012 Cats

(4/18/2011)

Estimated dry weights of 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles

A handful of weeks ago Arctic Cat sent their dealers a document listing the estimated dry weights of their pre-production 2012 snowmobiles. Instead of shouting the numbers from the rooftops for all to hear as they should have done, they kept it quiet.

I think I know why.

 

 

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Snowmobile News of the Weird, April 15

(4/15/2011)

Go Snowmobiling (and bring your laptop with)

It's been an interesting week of news involving snowmobiles.

Click to see a few links that will leave you laughing, sighing and scratching your head in wonder.

 

 

 

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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?

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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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