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Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat Puma 793

(6/11/2015)

Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

This stunning, restored 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma is collector Nancy Ische's pride and joy. And for good reason.

It's one of VERY few such 1970 Puma 793 models (three is the "official" production number for this model).

Click to read a little more about Arctic Cat's musclesled for 1970.

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Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

(6/9/2015)

Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

After two seasons using the Arctic Cat Hydration Pack during select rides, I'm here to tell you it's good to drink (water) and ride.

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TGIF: The June 5, 2015 Edition

(6/5/2015)

Vintage Gilson minibike press photo is definately TGIF.

I'm thankful that when the snowmobile season is over or when I need a break from riding ATVs, I can hop on my trusty Gilson and head out into the jungle for a little rip.

I'm thankful for those wistful moments of self-reflection that occur at the end of a particularly challenging ride.

I'm thankful my pants match my helmet.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Pat's Helmet: Achieving "Legend" Status the Hard Way

(6/4/2015)

Pat's sweet custom snowmobile helmet, on its way to LEGEND status.

“F@#$!” exclaimed Pat, just moments after we’d pulled into the vehicle parking.

“I forgot my $@#!*& helmet at home!”...

So begins the legend of Pat's sweet helmet.

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Testing a Prototype 2016 ZR6000R XC

(6/1/2015)

Dateline: Feb. 24, 2015

Location: Near Island Park, Idaho

Rider: Arctic Cat engineer/racer Brian Dick

Machine: Prototype 2016 Arctic Cat ZR6000R XC race sled

Purpose: Evaluate suspension performance in hard packed, sharp edged bump conditions for possible calibration change for 2016.

Conclusion: "This is an improvement. But we need to progress to the point where we could ride this same section, at this same speed, with just the throttle hand on the handlebar and in complete control."

Action: Continue development.

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TGIF: The May 29, 2015 Edition

(5/29/2015)

TGIF: The snowmobile-is-a-horse (and I am an ass).

I'm thankful that the days of riding bareback are long behind me.

I'm thankful for a little extra horsepower when I'm out riding fences.

I'm thankful for that special bond between a cowboy and his Ski-Daddler.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 29, 2015.

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1-2-3 for Team Arctic Wildcat Sports in WORCS

(5/26/2015)

Team Arctic Offroad L-to-R: Stacey Pike, Dean Bulloch and Karl Munford

With just a few days to prep their stock Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport Limiteds, Team Arctic/D&P Performance racers Karl Munford (R), Stacey Pike (L) and Dean Bulluch captured 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective classes at the the WORCS off-road race in Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Click to read the dirty facts.

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Ryan Simons Speedwerx-Built X Games Gold-Winning Hillcrosser

(5/21/2015)

Steve (L) and Jeremy Houle of Speedwerx with the winning sled they built. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?

It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.

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This Memorial Weekend: 2015 SHOF Round-Up

(5/19/2015)

SHOF Classic Sled Round-Up

Looking to get a vintage fix?

This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.

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Arctic Cat Joins Bass Pro Shops for Tony Stewart's All-Star Car

(5/15/2015)

The Tony Stewart Arctic Cat/Bass Pro NASCAR Chevrolet

Tomorrow marks the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, held at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Three-time NASCAR Spring Cut champion (and 2009 All-Star Race winner) Tony Stewart will be there, mixing it up on the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat-sponsored Chevrolet.

Click to read the press release.

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TGIF: The May 15, 2015 Edition

(5/15/2015)

TGIF and the ATV gang is riding high.

I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.

I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.

I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.

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Arctic Cat Reports Fiscal 2015 Full-Year Results

(5/13/2015)

Arctic Cat Engine manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, MN. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat reported its 2015 full-year fiscal results. The results highlight the company's ATV dealer inventory reduction program, as well as an increase in year-over-year snowmobile sales. Two statements from the report especially caught my eye:

"We will seek additional OEM partnerships..."

and

"An improved dealer inventory position will allow us to launch more new products..."

Click to read the full financial results.

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Arctic Cat Invests $27 Million to Improve its Domestic Manufacturing Operations

(5/13/2015)

Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Minn. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat will invest nearly $27 million to improve its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minn., operations.

The investment will add a new state-of-the-art production line in TRF and expand the engine manufacturing operations in St. Cloud. Together, these improvements will result in the creation of approximately 50 jobs.

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2015 Recap: Talking Racing with Team Arctic Manager Mike Kloety

(5/11/2015)

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby & Mike Kloety. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.

Click for the full interview.

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Team Arctic Swarms Final Two 2015 RMSHA Hillclimbs

(5/4/2015)

Team Arctic's David McClure wins in RMSHA hillclimbs. Photo by RLT Photos.

Team Arctic Hillclimbers delivered awesome performances at the last two events of the RMSHA season, including 15 wins, two King titles and three Championship titles. 

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release. 

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TGIF: The May 1, 2015 Edition

(5/1/2015)

TGIF: Love on a snowmobile.

I'm thankful for the quality time we've been spending together on our snow machine.

I'm thankful I ignored the advice of everyone, and went with the three-wheeled trackless beauty.

I'm thankful when you give me that look, which is much more fun than so many of your other looks.

And I'm thankful it's the first day of May in 2015.

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Talking Race History: Brian Nelson Podcast

(4/30/2015)

Former Team Arctic and Enduro Team Deere cross-country champion Brian Nelson experienced some remarkable moments during his illustrious racing career. 

Here he recounts many of them in a podcast conducted by veteran snowmobile journalists Gord Avann and Hal Armstrong. 

Nelson's memory and attention to detail is uncanny and a great listen. At nearly an hour and forty minutes, it's a long one. But definitely worth the time. 

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Rox Retro Arctic Cat El Tigre Custom

(4/28/2015)

Rox custom Arctic Cat El Tigre 6000

This past summer-Fall, Chris Olin and the gang at Rox Speed FX in Grand Rapids, Minn., built another one of their stunning custom sleds: a retro El Tigre-themed 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000.

Like all Rox customs, this sweetheart combines creativity, coolness and key attention to detail.

Click for a modern blast from the past.

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TGIF: The April 24, 2015 Edition

(4/24/2015)

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.

I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.

I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.

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

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The Chase: A Day in the Life of an Arctic Cat Collector Tom Ische

(4/21/2015)

Vintage Arctic Cat snowmobile collector. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.

He is a master of the chase.

Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.

Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.

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