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TGIF: The Halloween 2014 Edition

(10/31/2014)

Arctic Cat Halloween Pumpkin from ArcticInsider

I'm thankful that we celebrate the mischievous one day each year.

I'm thankful when that day is a Friday.

I'm thankful for the fiery idea that I stole from THUG Kitchen.

And I'm thankful it's Halloween 2014.

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Trailside Chatter #1: Making Plans

(10/28/2014)

Trailside Chatter #1: Making plans

(The thoughtful feedback and comments I get from you guys is one of my favorite things about this website. Beginning this week I'm going to post semi-regular questions that swirl around in my brain, with hopes that you might share your answer.)

 

53,280.

That was how many minutes until the first cross-country race of the season, from the moment that my son Calvin asked the question recently.

He was sort-of joking when he asked the question, but he was dead-serious about his anticipation of going and competing there. He was making plans... (MORE)

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TGIF: The Oct. 24, 2014 Edition

(10/24/2014)

TGIF: REALLY vintage snowmobile for use without a scarf

I'm thankful for the sheer thrill of ditch banging on my snowmobile (although I prefer groomed trails).

I'm thankful for the corner-carving excellence of this rider-forward snowmobile design.

I'm thankful I don't wear a scarf.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, October 24, 2014.

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Bob Elsner: An Interview with the Team Arctic Sno Pro Legend

(10/22/2014)

Bob Elsner, Team Arctic Sno Pro racing legend.

Team Arctic has been home to many of the all-time greatest snowmobile racers. Among the elite list of all-time greats is Bob Elsner, stalwart of the Team Arctic Sno Pro era and the 1979 World Champion.

Recently, the humble man from New London, Wis., answered a pile of questions from this lifelong fan, which was truly a dream come true.

Click to read what he has to say.

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On the Production Line: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R Race Sleds

(10/21/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sled models on the production line.

The 2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sleds were rolling off the assembly line in Thief River Falls yesterday.

Dang, these sleds look cool!

Click to see some more pix.

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TGIF: The Oct. 17, 2014 Edition

(10/17/2014)

Rupp Super Sno-Sport speed run snowmobile, posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful the engineers FINALLY built us a proper musclesled.

I'm thankful it's got a Hemi.

I'm thankful for the 1.25-in. lug track that comes on the Sno Pro edition.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

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Stuck (by Cal Sandberg)

(10/16/2014)

Cal Sandberg riding his Arctic Cat Z120. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

"When I pushed the throttle it sunk me deeper into the powder making me very stuck."

For his 7th grade English writing project, my son Cal describes a snowmobile ride in our backyard that occured when he was 5 years old.

In doing so, he depicts a situation that pretty much every snowmobiler can relate to.

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The Naked Truth: Tucker Hibbert is Back in Arcticwear Race Gear

(10/13/2014)

Tucker Hibbert is back wearing Arcticwear Race Gear from Arctic Cat. Photo posted by ArcticInsider.com

Tucker Hibbert is back in Arcticwear Race Gear beginning this season, wearing the sweet jacket/pant combo (above) as he continues his remarkable career.

There will also be a signature Sportswear Line for Arcticwear bearing his name and iconic No. 68 in the near future.

Click to read the press release.

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TGIF: The Oct. 10, 2014 Edition

(10/10/2014)

TGIF: Arctic Cat-mounted sheriff posse keeps law and order. Photo from ArcticInsider.com

I’m thankful the boys and I will be able to lay down the law with these new Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

I’m thankful each sled has got a cop motor: a 440 cubic centimeter plant. Plus a cop track, cop suspension and cop shocks.

I’m thankful for the good times that are comin’ on the Cat.

And I’m thankful it’s Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

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One Lungers Episode 2: The Waconia Ride-In

(10/10/2014)

Episode II of the One Lunger series has been posted, highlighting the Waconia (Minn.) Vintage Ride-In.

If you've ever wondered about the sights and sounds of Waconia, this short segment gives you a strong taste. Actually, more like a couple juicy bites.

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No Chainsaw? No Problem for the Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport

(10/9/2014)

No chainsaw? No problem!

Dean Bulloch from D&P Performance demonstrates how to clear a tree (literally) on an Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport.

This group was riding near Cedar City, Utah, last week.

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Open House Time: A Day at Country Cat

(10/7/2014)

2014 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat dealership. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's October, which means shorter days, cooler nights, Halloween and Open House time at Arctic Cat dealerships.

This past weekend, I and 500 or so similar-minded enthusiasts attended the Open House celebration at Country Cat in Sauk Center, Minn., where the tradition of anticipation unfolded in all its greatness.

Click to see and read a few thoughts about this event and other like them.

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One Lungers: The Trailer (I Can't Wait for the Movie)

(10/3/2014)

By the looks of this trailer, the One Lunger series of vintage snowmobile films is gonna be pretty spectucular.

Then click the link to see the short film about Brian "Rampage" Montogery, a builder of rat-rod sleds who's straightforward style is pretty darn refreshing.

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TGIF: The Oct. 3, 2014 Edition

(10/3/2014)

TGIF: Minnesota Vikings on their way to the Superbowl (on a vintage snowmobile).

I'm thankful that after the dreadful game against the Green Bay Packers last night, the Minnesota Vikings mascot took to his snowmobile for some post-game jousting.

I'm thankful the Minnesota Vikings are going to the Super Bowl this year, albeit on a snowmobile.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

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Christian Bros. Racing Announces 2014-15 SX & XC Arctic Cat Race Teams

(10/3/2014)

Logan Christian, Christian Bros. Racing/Team Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Christian Brothers Racing recently announced its 2014-2015 race team lineup, with a two-prong attack featuring snocross and cross-country contingents.

The high profile, satellite team for Team Arctic Racing, Christian Bros. is undoubtedly one of the strongest forces in modern terrain competition.

Click to see who will be force in snowmobile competition this season.

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D&D's Team Arctic Drag Team Dominates 2014 Eastern Grass Nationals

(10/2/2014)

Dylan Roes, D&D Racing and Team Arctic Cat grass drag champ.

It was another stellar weekend of racing for the D&D/Team Arctic, this time at Eastern Grass Drag Nationals held at Excell Raceway Park in Bouckville, NY.

Nine class wins, additional podiums and class-leading ETs put an exclamation mark on the team’s domination.

Click to launch into the results.

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Arctic Cat Trip Report: September 2014

(9/30/2014)

At Arctic Cat in Sept. 2014. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A recent trip to Arctic Cat delivered the usual large number of interesting sights and conversations with my favorite people in the world.

Click to see a slice of what was happening with snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides and the people who make them.

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Rest in Peace Dick Wanderscheid

(9/30/2014)

Dick Wanderscheid, father, Country Cat, Arctic Cat

After tough-fought battle with lung cancer, Dick Wanderscheid peacefully finished the human race, and is now enjoying the greatest heavenly victory celebration of them all.

Dick crossed the finish line on Friday, Sept. 26, with his family at his side.

He was the patriarch of the family who operate Country Cat and that has supported the racing success of Team Arctic's four-time World Champion, P.J. Wanderscheid.

Click to read a little bit about the man, with words from P.J.

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TGIF: The Sept. 26, 2014 Edition

(9/26/2014)

TGIF and the used snowmobile sales are heating up. Vintage!

I'm thankful autumn breezes are blowing in would-be snowmobile buyers to look at my fleet of used sleds.

I'm thankful the tight weave on my leisure suit blocks the chill from such breezes.

I'm thankful I know what it will take to get you into this excellent used snowmobile, for just $50 down and $35 a month for two years.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

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D&D & Arctic Cat Slam the Ohio Snow Bash Grass Drags

(9/23/2014)

D&D Racing wins on Arctic Cat at the 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

With a fleet of Arctic Cats prepped by the indomitable D&D Racing crew, Dylan Roes and Jeff Marks left a nasty mark on the competition at last weekend's 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

When the skis touched down, the team scored seven wins and one second-place finish!

Click for an enjoyable reaction time.

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