As the 2010 I-500 Champ, snocross title contender, excellent dirt track car racer and a skilled engineer, Team Arctic's Dan Ebert is one of the most versatile racers of his generation.
CLICK HERE to go to an audio interview with Ebert during which he talks about it all.
I'm trying not to be like our local news sources and hype up what usually are dud events, but the medium range forecasts are pointing at a nice snowstorm for parts of the Midwest and Canada.
Like 14-inches by Sunday!
Tucker Hibbert just inked a sponsorship deal with Hot Stuff Pizza, which is very cool.
My only concern: Is the deal enough to cover what he actually spends on Hot Stuff during the year?
Click to read the press release.
Today (Nov. 14), would have been C.J. Ramstad's 66th birthday, had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.
There's a strong likelihood that, without him, I would never have become a snowmobile journalist and this Website wouldn't exist.
So as a gift to yourself on C.J.'s birthday, please click to read a wonderful column that he penned for the Dec. 1982 issue of Snowmobile Magazine.
Two days ago, at a gas station in the town where I live, I had a short conversation with a guy who was genuinely stumped about two things: Why did I switch from my 2011 F8 to a 2012 F1100 4-stroke; and if I was going to get a new sled, why not an F800 or F1100 Turbo?
Well, if you’re that guy and happened to read this, here’s a more thoughtful answer than what I said that day at the pumps.
When building his 1978 Arctic Cat El Tigre for the upcoming vintage racing season, Shane Gerwing appeared to have several options for his handlebar set-up.
But really, there was only one choice.
Here's a few photos of what's going on at Arctic Cat on this November day in 2011.
How do you say, "I Love Arctic Cat" in Swedish?
I don't know either. But Mikael Yngvesson, who owns one of the oldest Arctic Cat dealerships in Sweden, sent a photo of two customers that tells a universal story, and (sort-of) answers the question.
Click to see.
A few weeks ago I received a batch of repro decals -- iconic versions from the orignal Winnipeg I-500 cross-country -- from Steve Dahlen of St. Hilaire, Minn. (first town south of Thief River Falls on Hwy 32).
Steve made my day for two reasons: the amazing decals; and the more concrete news that of a St. Hilaire-area cross-country race this winter for two classes of vintage sleds, plus the Sno Pro 500 racer.
Click to read more.
If you were one of the owners of a 2011 Arctic Cat sled equipped with the 800 H.O. engine and burned 91 octane fuel, you might have been surprised to occasionally experience “Limp Mode.”
Turns out the problem wasn’t octane. It was ethanol. And now there's a fix.
Click to read about it.
TA Motorsports in Francis Creek, Wis. (just 20 minutes south of Green Bay), is having their Fall Open House from Nov. 3-5th, including a snowmobile show on Saturday.
CLICK HERE to check out their site.
ATTENTION: Whomever bought this 1981 El Tigre... the previous owner wants it back.
Actually, he just wants to use it a few times, but just for racing. Seems reasonable.
(And thanks to Jarred Zimmer of Waterford, Penn., and Bobby Flame from Parts Unknown for sending pix of their pumpkins.)
Beginning Nov. 24, you can bid to win a one-of-a-kind 2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Sno Pro that's been autographed by many of the most-legendary Team Arctic racers of all-time.
The proceeds go to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and the winner gets a truly remarkable snowmobile.
Click to read the release.
As Senior Graphics Stylist at Arctic Cat, Corey Friesen is the guy responsible for creating the colors and graphic details of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides.
Pretty sweet job!
Click to read an interview with him.
The largest ever winter storm walloped the east coast this weekend, dropping 2 feet of snow in many areas.
While I’m saddened by the human (and hassle) toll this storm has brought, I’m also grinning from ear-to-ear.
Click to see a couple pix from the Daily Mail.
It was a good quarter for the company:
Net sales up 17% to $204.8 million on higher sales for all product lines;
Earnings per diluted share up 19% to $1.15 versus $0.97 in prior-year qtr.;
Raising fiscal 2012 sales and earnings guidance to a range of $1.10 to $1.15 EPS, a 57% to 64% increase over fiscal 2011, on expected full-year sales growth of 14% to 17%
Click to read the full-financial release.
ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn., is hosting a Learn-2-Ride Snocross Clinic on Sat., Nov. 12.
Click for more info.
Lakes Arctic Cat in Forest Lake, Minn., has an Open House this Sat., Oct. 29.
In addition to sweet deals, Team Arctic greats Jim Dimmerman and Aaron Scheele will be signing autographs and explaining how to stuff a 900 triple into a '78 El Tigre bulkhead.
Click for more info.
Click to see eight beautiful studio images of the 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled, as well as full specifications of both the Snocross and Cross-Country versions.