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The Hidden Beauty of a Barn Find

(9/17/2013)

Arctic Cat Panther barn find

Not a month goes by without someone telling me they know of some old snowmobiles sitting in a barn somewhere.

There's always more to these trips than what first meets the eye.

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ZOOM! D&D/Team Arctic Scorch 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags

(9/13/2013)

See how D&D Racing and Arctic Cat launched to multiple wins at the 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags.

ZOOM!

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TGIF: The Sept. 13, 2013 Edition

(9/13/2013)

TGIF: The Harley-Davidson-at-Hay-Days Edition

I'm thankful that, back in 1923, the Sno Baron's experimented hosting a snowmobile event that included drag racing.

I'm thankful that both Harley and Davidson competed in the Outlaw class.

I'm thankful they tweaked the event by moving it from March to September.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

(Also thankful that Minnesota Rob captured the moment with his first-gen Kodak Brownie camera.)

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Team Arctic Drag Racers Motor to 18 Wins at 2013 Hay Days

(9/12/2013)

Dylan Roes won the Stock 800 class at the 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags

Team Arctic's grass drag team delivered and awesome performance at the Sno Baron's Hay Days event, winning 18 finals (including a sweep of the Stock 800 and Stock 1000 finals).

Click to read the press release.

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Hay Days 2013: Always Worth Seeing

(9/11/2013)

Bird's Eye of Hay Days 2013, photo by Chad Colby

When it comes to sights, smells and entertainment, the Sno Baron's Hay Days always delivers.

Click to get a taste of snowmobiling's version of the State Fair.

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2014 Arctic Cat XC & SX Sno Pro 600 Race Sled Info

(9/9/2013)

2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 R Sno Pro Race Sled

In addition to releasing the consumer 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro sleds at Hay Days, Arctic Cat also had on display the XC racing version of the ZR6000 R Sno Pro.

Yes, the race sled (I know, the naming makes it a bit confusing).

Click to see the specifications and updates to both the SX and XC 2014 race sleds.

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Unveiled at Hay Days: 2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro and ZR 6000 RR

(9/8/2013)

2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro by ArcticInsider

The big news from Arctic Cat at Hay Days is the just-announced 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro.

Both sleds feature the new C-TEC2 599cc Arctic Cat engine with Dual-Stage Induction.

Click to read the specifics of these two machines.

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Unplugged: Rocky Mountain Rob (RMR) Kincaid

(9/6/2013)

If you haven't yet wrapped your head around Team Arctic's Rob Kincaid (aka Rocky Mountain Rob, or RMR) don't worry. You're not alone.

Just know this: the hillclimb racer/freerider is outstanding for a whole bunch of reasons, including his supercharged mouth.

Watch this compilation of RMR and be ready to see and hear more of him (and his partner in crime, Team Arctic's David McClure) this season.

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TGIF: The Sept. 6, 2013 Edition

(9/6/2013)

Sno Baron's Hay Days: The Early Years

I'm thankful for the gumption of snowmobile club members whose passion for the sport compels them to host summertime events.

I'm thankful for the heat, dust, swap, races, unveilings, porta-pottys and controlled chaos that has occurred this time of the season for nearly 50 years.

I'm thankful for Sno-Baron's Hay Days.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

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Flashback: Arctic Cat El Tigre 6000 in February 2013

(9/5/2013)

Arctic Cat Engineers Greg Spaulding and Larry Coltom with El Tigre 6000

Flashback: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Inside the Arctic Cat snowmobile engineering shop, engineers Greg Spaulding (left) and Larry Coltom inspect the APV exhaust valves on the Arctic Cat C-TEC2 599cc engine that Coltom will take for a test ride in short order.

It's late enough in the afternoon that these two racing veterans are asking the photographer questions about what happened during the second leg of the USXC I-500 cross-country race that had concluded a couple hours earlier.

They're interested in the stories about eventual race winner Ryan Simons soaring over approaches with a speed and severity that brings gasps, but they're mostly concentrating on inspecting the engine in this pre-production snowmobile. There is still much work to squeeze in, before the phone calls from home wondering about dinnertime.

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Guess Which Sleds Cat Will Reveal at Hay Days Contest

(9/3/2013)

Arctic Cat Reveal at 2013 Hay Days

Arctic Cat sent an email blast with the above information.

Two new sleds will be revealed at Hay Days!

So let's have a quick contest: Guess The New Arctic Cat Sleds!

A special care package to the winner!

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Extra Goodies: 2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Accessory & Reference Guide

(9/3/2013)

Arctic Cat 2014 Snowmobile Accessory Catalog

Arctic Cat just released their 2014 Accessory Reference Guide for snowmobiles.

The reference guide features updated/new products (as well as older products for previous generation snowmobiles) not featured in the color accessory catalog.

New items include skis, tunnel straps, tunnel packs, clutch guard updates and more (to see the items and page numbers of the new products, click for the full story).

CLICK HERE to download the PDF. The guide is 3.3MB, so the download takes a moment.

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TGIF: The Aug. 30, 2013 Edition

(8/30/2013)

TGIF: Aug. 30, 2013 edition

I'm thankful for snow.

I'm thankful for four-passenger roominess available with so many different automobiles.

I'm thankful the human spirit is infused with a sense of humor.

I'm thankful for door locks.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

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Vintage Radio: Year After Year it's Arctic Cat in the Stock Classes

(8/29/2013)

1975 Arctic Cat snowmobile race advertisement.

Below is a 1-min. radio advertisement that Arctic Cat produced for the 1975 season. It highlights the success of the Team Arctic race program.

The Team Arctic race program is still exceptional today... but the years of having radio ads about the race program are waaaaaaay in the rear-view.

I suppose the upside is that we can play such vintage spots on our comp-u-tators as frequently as we wish...

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Princeton Swap Meet: My 2014 Snowmobile Season Begins

(8/27/2013)

Arctic Cat stuff at Princeton.

I hit my first snowmobile show/swap event of the 2013-14 season this past weekend in Princeton, Minn., where the 20th Annual Outlaw Drags unfolded in perfect opposition to a blasted heat wave.

It's awesome how trailer loads of sleds and parts combine with conversations about snowmobiling to put you in a winter state of mind.

Click to see some pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 23, 2013 Edition

(8/23/2013)

TGIF: Snowmobiles, water and Arctic Cat

I'm thankful for water. I'm thankful for snowmobiles.

I'm thankful the human spirit compels us to occasionally throw caution to the wind, hit the gas and hope for the best.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

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Aug. '13 Trip Report: (Some of) What I Saw at Arctic Cat This Week

(8/23/2013)

Welcome to Arctic Cat, let me get the door for you.

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls this week, where the engine of progress was humming along at 8100 RPM and the people who make it happen opened up the doors for all of us to see.

Click to read about (some of) what was going on at my favorite place in the world.

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Flashback: Testing Arctic Cat ProCross Prototypes in the Spring of 2010

(8/20/2013)

Arctic Cat's Larry Coltom & Ryan Hayes with prototypes in 2010. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

Flashback: Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

The springtime ice on the Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minn., is dark, with 10-ft. gaps between it and the shoreline where Arctic Cat engineers Larry Coltom (left) and Ryan Hayes are testing prototype ProCross and ProClimb snowmobiles.

The deteriorating ice conditions will soon force the various engineering crews to move to Colorado’s Grand Mesa and to Thompson, Manitoba, to continue development of the prototype machines.

But there are still a few days worth of testing in Minnesota, and on this day Coltom and Hayes are comparing and calibrating the F800 and XF800 prototypes...

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New Hydration Pack and Tool Pack from Arctic Cat

(8/19/2013)

Arctic Cat Hydration Pack by OGIO

The options for carrying gear while riding various toys have grown exponentially in recent years. The quality and versatility have moved in-step, resulting in an array of packs of all sizes, styles and features.

Click to read a bit more about these made-by-OGIO packs from Arctic Cat.

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New Products: Catgirl Glam Coat

(8/19/2013)

Arctic Cat Catgirl Glam Coat in Pink

For the last handful of years, Arctic Cat has pushed the fashion envelope with its Gatgirl Glam coat, and 2014 is no exception.

Here are the two latest versions of this snowmobile fashion coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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