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Ode to Rocky "Rox" Cutsforth (R.I.P.)


Rocky on his project F10

The news is as shocking to write now as it was when I first heard about it: On Thursday, May 20, 2010, Rocky Cutsforth (42) of Cohasset, Minn., died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident near Nemo, South Dakota.





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Fathers, Sons and Kitty Cats


1973 Arctic Cat Kitty Cat advertisement

I've been doing research for a project I'm working on, during which I came across this advertisement for a 1973 Arctic Cat Kitty Cat ad. And I can't stop thinking about it.

Click to see it larger.












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Craigs-List-of-the-Week for 5-24-10


craigslist of the week

Doesn't ride like a wet fig... the Ski-Doo guys get real nervous when they hear it... smooth as a babies ass... and it'll hit 120 mph before you can even look down at the gauge.

Goodness, I love craigslist! Click to see today's gem.











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Polaris Goes WAY Mexico


Polaris Goes MexicanSign of the times? Smart leadership? Giving the people what they really want?


...does this represent everything that wrong with American manufacturing? And is this the beginning of the end?



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Bring 'em Back: Drawings of Snowmobiles


1975 Z Drawing

Now that everything old is new again, I'd like to see a return to cool drawings like this one of a Z racer (piloted by Charlie Loften, I believe).








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2011 Arctic Cat ATV & Prowler Intro


 2011 Prowler HDX with EPSArctic Cat just released their first wave of 2011 Prowlers and ATVs. The big news here is the expansion of Electronic Power Steering (EPS), and a more work-oriented HDX Prowler with a bench seat and a flat-bed-capable rear box.

Click to read what's new on these models.




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Tucker to Compete at Summer X Games


Snazzy Tucker Hibbert photo by John HansonFor the first time ever, Tucker Hibbert will compete at the Summer X Games. Not in trapping. Not in mountain biking. Not in Hot Stuff pizza eating.

He's going to X Games for his other love, motocross. Click to read his press release.





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Arctic Cat's 2010 Full-Year Financial Report


1.3 Million of these... in the black.A swing to a (slight) profit for 2010... decreased inventories... increased market share in both ATV and Snowmobile markets... zero short- or long-term debt... and a new ATV model coming shortly.

The painful expense-cutting in response to the weakened recreational vehicle market has resulted in a decidedly upbeat fiscal 2010 report. Light appears at the end of the tunnel.

Click to read.



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Legendary Leafers to Race Again


Brian Nelson returns to the I-500?

Wondering why the price of Arctic Cat Cross-Country Cats has reached the stratosphere in recent months.

Blame the guy in this photo.

Click to learn why.











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New VP of Operations at Arctic Cat


2007 Z1s on the assembly line

Unlike most other industries, Arctic Cat manufactures a vast majority of its products in the U.S. After 18 years as the guy in charge of that production, Ron Ray is stepping down.

One of the most passionate, hardest-working people I've had the pleasure to know, Ray leaves a legacy of quality, care and genuine human goodness.

Filling his massive shoes is Paul Fisher.

Click to read the press release.


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658 Miles in a Day (7,250 Miles in 10 Weeks)


The story of Ross Spoonland's 658-mile day

Ross Spoonland of Pine River, North Dakota, purchased a 2010 Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo EXT in late November. His first ride on it was during the last week of December. His last ride... the first week of March 2010.

In-between, Ross notched 7,250 miles, including one 658-mile day on Feb 26 (read THIS STORY about it from the Grand Forks Herald).

Logging more miles in 10 weeks than many "hardcore" riders log in 5 years is pretty impressive, so I asked him a few questions.

Click to read his answers.







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Snowmobile Hall of Fame Promo Video


Check out this promo video from the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Lots to see at the SHOF, including Brian Nelson's 1978 I-500 winning Cross-Country Cat (click to see).

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Duluth SX, Pizza Luce and ArcticInsider


When hitting the Duluth Spirit Snocross National, be sure to eat at Pizza Luce, the official post-race meal of ArcticInsider, SledRacer and Action Graphics.

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May 15: Team Arctic Race App Deadline


Please sponsor me

Hoping to be a Team Arctic racer next season? May 15 is the deadline to get your application in.

Click for info.










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Q&A with Glen Martin, Emissions Manager at Arctic Cat


Glen Martin (middle) with fellow Cat emissions engineers Mike Schley (left, wearing the hat) and Del NelsonThis week’s interview is with Glen Martin, Emissions Manager at Arctic Cat. Martin has held this position for almost two years, prior to which he worked on engine emissions for companies like Indmar, Big Dog motorcycles and MerCruiser.

We asked Glen a few emissions-related questions, and he was kind enough to answer.



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Sweet Custom Sleds


Some very cool custom Cats (and Cat wanna-be's) in this little ditty.

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Q&A with Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager


Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety

For the past two years, Mike Kloety has held the title of Team Arctic Race Manager... one very-high profile job with a strong, winning tradition.

We asked him some questions, he gave us the answers.









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Team Arctic On Top at Beaver Creek Hillclimb


2011 Arctic Cat M8 HCR...this is what the hillclimbers will race NEXT year.

The 2010 season of RMSHA hillclimb competition is officially over, with Arctic Cat racers scoring big at the final event of the season. Read more...



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Arcticinsider Advertises at Trail Center


We're getting the word out about ArcticInsider by advertising at the places you might visit.

I'm guessing many here know where this place is.

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Arctic Cat CMR Contingency


Arctic Cat ATV Mud ProDo this and win some money.

How? Click and read the press release.



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