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Hay Days 2015: The Sights, Sounds and Smells

(9/16/2015)

Hay Days 2015 report channeling the Arctic Cat perspective. Photo by ArcticInsider, defended by lawyers.

The 49th Sno-Baron's Hay Days extravaganza went down this past weekend in near perfect splendor, unleashing the excitement of snowmobiling via wild mix of products, people, racing, swapping and anticipation.

Click for a sample of what could be seen during the weekend.

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Sneak Peek! Arctic Cat Single-Ski Snow Vehicle

(9/14/2015)

Arctic Cat SVX Single-Ski Snow vehicle shown at Hay Days.

In what was probably the biggest surprise of the event (and truly a sneak peek), Arctic Cat briefly unveiled a single-ski type snow vehicle at Hay Days this weekend.

It was just a tease, with VERY limited information and a VERY short cameo. The single ski machine appeared for about 1 minute atop the Arctic Cat truck before disappearing.

Click for some pix, limited info and speculation based on my photographic evidence.

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Unveiled: 2016 Arctic Cat ZR6000 R XC & SX Race Sleds

(9/14/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 R Race Sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

 

UPDATED on 9-15-15 with more detailed information on several items for each sled.

 

Arctic Cat unveiled its 2016 snocross and cross-country race sleds at Hay Days this past weekend, each getting a host of updates.

New exhaust system... new brakes... new track... new cool stuff!

Race on over to a full description of each sled.

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TGIF: The Sept. 11, 2015 Edition

(9/11/2015)

Funny vintage snowmobile jump.

I'm thankful it's the day before Hay Days (although it's actually the day that most swappers make deals).

I'm thankful so many from the wide world of snowmobiling are descending upon North Branch, Minnesota, bristling with expectation of what they'll see, find, sell and hear at 49th annual start of winter.

I'm thankful we can all pause for a moment today and say a prayer for the many thousands who suffer sadness, loss, heartbreak and more on Sept. 11.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

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TGIF: The 2016 Labor Day Weekend Edition

(9/4/2015)

First 1975 Arctic Cat snowmobile off of production line. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the men and women who produce the coolest damn machines in the whole world, whether it's 1975 or 2015!

I'm thankful that, in the U.S. and Canada, it's Labor Day weekend.

(I'm thankful that, in the past 10 years or so, it's seemingly become a 4-day weekend for most poeople, because nobody who's supposed to be at work today is returning my emails or phone calls.)

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

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This Weekend: Vintage & Mid-School Arctic Cat Auction

(9/3/2015)

Siebens Family Auction of Arctic Cat stuff.

Arctic Cat vintage (and mid-school) collectors have a treat in store for them this weekend near Eagle River, Wis.

There, an estate auction for George Siebens, a 20-year Arctic Cat dealer from Illinois will take place in which many cool, old Arctic Cat snowmobiles, parts, clothing and assorted stuff will go home to the highest bidders.

Brand new, never-started Jags; 634 Hirth Panthers (with Montana pipes!); Trail Cats; Kitty Cats and more will find new homes, perhaps yours?

Click for more info and pix.

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Princeton 2015: (My) First Swap of the Season

(8/31/2015)

Arctic Cat and other vintage snowmobile stuff at 2015 Princeton Swap. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Nothing signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn quite like a snowmobile swap meet.

For me and several thousand others, the annual Swap/Outlaw Drags in Princeton, Minn., served up all the great reminders that our favorite season is only a few months away.

Click to see some pictures of this year's event.

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TGIF: The Aug. 21, 2015 Edition

(8/21/2015)

TGIF: The snowboard and snowmobile in the street edition.

I'm thankful that this week, Ma Nature gave us the first cool temps of the summer.

I'm thankful the cool temps reminded me of the snowmobile and snowboard adventures from last season, just goin' fer a rip* around town with my bud.

I'm thankful for it all, and especially for another great Friday...this one in Aug. of 2015.

 

* Warning: strong language

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Name the Racer (Circa 1994) Contest

(8/11/2015)

Team Arctic Mystery Men of 1994. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

Okay all you Team Arctic trivia experts, it's time to get your groove on.

The first person to correctly identify these Team Arctic racers from 1994 wins a fabulous prize.

Click to test your knowledge.

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Flashback to Jan. 1976: Bob Elsner wins Kalamazoo Kup for Team Arctic

(7/31/2015)

Bob Elsner wins 1976 Kalamazoo Kut for Team Arctic. From SHOF Archives.

Flashback: January 10-11, 1976.

The prestigious Kalamazoo Kup at Imlay City, Mich., as Team Arctic Sno Pro racers put on a veritable clinic.

Click to read the highlights.

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Q&A with Brent "Bart" Magner, Arctic Cat Snowmobile Drive Engineer

(7/27/2015)

Arctic Cat snowmobile engineer Bart Magner. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat has most talented and experienced engineers in the entire snowmobile industry. One such engineer is Brent “Bart” Magner, whose role is to calibrate the clutching and gearing on all Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

If you’ve owned an Arctic Cat snowmobile in the past 25 years, there’s a 99% likelihood that Magner was one of the guys responsible for the clutch calibration.

Click to read about his job, the new TEAM clutches, racing with Larry Coltom and a bunch of other interesting stories.

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TGIF: The July 24, 2015 Edition

(7/24/2015)

TGIF: Chrysler Sno Runner Gang at ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful the ArcticInsiders can ditch-bang their Chrysler Sno Runners faster, higher and farther than the SledNecks.

I'm thankful we have our motorcycle license endorsments, and that we obey all traffic signals and use hand signals whenever possible.

I'm thankful that, if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 24, 2015.

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2016 Arctic Cat/Christian Brothers Racing Soo 500 Replica-Racers

(7/15/2015)

Project: Special-Build 2016 Arctic Cat enduro/Soo ZR6000R sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Thanks to the stunning success of Team Arctic’s Soo 500 sled project last season, nine identical Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sleds are being built for sale by Arctic Cat and Christian Brothers Racing.

These custom enduro sleds are coming together right now inside the Christian Brothers Racing shop in Fertile, Minn.

Click for details.

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Up Close: 2015 Soo 500 Winning Arctic Cat ZR6000R

(7/13/2015)

Team Arctic's Brian Dick and Wes Selby with 2015 Soo 500 sled. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This past season, a huge effort by a cadre of Arctic Cat racers, engineers, speed shops, mechanics and crew members crafted three identical race sleds to contest the famed Soo 500 International enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The effort culminated with Team Arctic going 1-2-8 with the three sleds.

This is the winning machine that was piloted that day by Team Arctic’s Brian Dick (left) and Wes Selby (right).

Click to get up close with the winners.

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Listen to the Legend: Jim Dimmerman and Frans Rosenquist Podcast

(7/8/2015)

Jim Dimmerman is a former Team Arctic Sno Pro legend and 1984 World Champion who also happens to have an uncanny memory AND knack for telling great stories.

In this podcast with fellow Sno Pro-era veteran Frans Rosenquist (and hosted by journalists Gord Avann & Hal Armstrong), Dimmerman discusses his career, the Factory Sno Pro era, a special dyno session at Polaris, and much more.

Definitely worth listening to.

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TGIF: The-Almost-July-4th, 2015 Edition

(7/3/2015)

TGIF: Snowmobile fireworks

I'm thankful that we can celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day in the same week.

I'm truly thankful for the freedom we enjoy.

I'm thankful for "Ooos" and "Ahhhs."

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 3, 2015.

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The Hunt for 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(6/29/2015)

Adam Leubner's 1982 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

The 1982 Arctic Cats "that never were" hold a very special place among certain collectors for their almost mythical status.

Adam Leubner is one such collector.

Consumed by a passion to find and bring to light these almost mythical machines, Leubner tells his tale of uncovering four such machines.

Click to read his story.

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TGIF: The June 26, 2015 Edition

(6/26/2015)

TGIF: Military Arctic Cat Wildcat

I'm thankful for the eclectic mix of riders I see during some leisurely ATV outings.

I'm thankful for the restraint these guys showed when I inquired about their custom Arctic Cat Wildcat.

I'm thankful for the precautions they take to ensure everyone's safety when riding the trails.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 26, 2015.

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Two Days Great at Arctic Cat: The June 2015 Report

(6/18/2015)

This week at Arctic Cat.

There was a WHOLE BUNCH of cool stuff happening at Arctic Cat during my two-day visit to TRF this week.

Click to see what was going on in the hometown of green.

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Kirk & Tucker Hibbert: Which Race-Winning Arctic Cat ZR is Better?

(6/15/2015)

Tucker & Kirk Hibbert sitting on their Arctic Cat race sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What would happen if Kirk and Tucker Hibbert raced each other using Kirk's 1993 I-500 winning ZR 440 and Tucker's 2014 ISOC Pro Open ZR6000R SX race sled?

Who would win? And what if they switched sleds?

I don't know, but it was interesting hearing them tease each other about the possibility.

Click to read a little more.

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