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CPC Revisited: Episode 4 – Tales from the Crypt


7/13/2012 9:29:00 AM

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today? I was lucky to find out.

Click to read Episode 4 – Tales from the Crypt.

 

 

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CPC Revisited: Episode 3 – A Barn Full of Sleds


7/10/2012 7:36:00 AM

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today? I was lucky to find out.

Click to read Episode 3 – A Barn Full of Sleds.

 

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CPC Revisited: Episode 2 – Meeting Jim; the First Warehouse


7/3/2012 5:20:00 PM

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today?

Last week I was lucky enough to find out.

Click to read Episode 2 – Meeting Jim; the First Warehouse.

 

 

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CPC Revisited: Episode 1 – The Overview


7/1/2012 7:53:00 PM

CPC Revisited: Arctic Cat History image by ArcticInsider.com

For a four year period beginning in 1982, Certified Parts Corporation of Janesville, Wis., and its owner, Jim Grafft, were an integral, brand-saving chapter in the Arctic Cat story.

What remains of anything-Arctic Cat at CPC today?

Last week I was lucky enough to find out.

Click to read Episode I.

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Stephanie Getz's Arctic Cat Soap Box Derby Car


6/25/2012 5:14:00 PM

Stephanie Getz "Arctic Cat" Soap Box Derby Car

After enjoying an awesome experience at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Celebration last summer, Andy Getz and his daughter Stephanie from North Canton, Ohio, decided to create an Arctic Cat soap box derby car.

Mission accomplished!

Click to see some more pix.

 

 

 

 

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A Mighty Good Arctic Cat Snowmobile Commercial from 1977


6/25/2012 8:12:00 AM

Yep, here's a mighty good Arctic Cat snowmobile commercial from the 1977.

"Cool!"

"Wow!"

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Christian Bros. Racing Champions in the Arctic Cat Lobby


6/20/2012 11:39:00 AM

Christian Bros. Racing display at Arctic Cat

Walk into the Arctic Cat lobby in Thief River Falls right now and you'll see a cool display commemorating the championship-winning success of Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons and D.J. Ekre.

Click to read about it.

 

 

 

 

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Random Photos (and Trivia Questions) for June 2012


6/14/2012 2:28:00 PM

Prototype Arctic Cat Sno Pro race sled

Welcome to another edition of Random Photos. This month's batch includes some time-warpers, great submissions and even a Trivia Contest.

There's something for everyone in today's post.

Click to enjoy.

 

 

 

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For Sale: Tucker Hibbert’s 2010-11 Arctic Cat Race Sled


6/13/2012 12:06:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert's 2010 & 2011 Arctic Cat Sno Pro race sled for sale

It isn’t too often that you get a chance to buy a mod sled from one of the top pros in the history of the sport, but this is one of those times.

Click to read about this 2010 (and 2011) Arctic Cat Sno Pro that Tucker Hibbert is selling.

UPDATE: The Sled is Sold.

 

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New USXC Snowmobile Cross-Country Circuit Launced by Brian Nelson


6/11/2012 7:43:00 AM

Brian Nelson launches USXC Snowmobile Racing Circuit

Snowmobile racing legend Brian Nelson is launching a new snowmobile cross-country racing circuit, the USXC.

Click to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USCC Ceases Operations


6/11/2012 7:16:00 AM

USCC Cross Country

The checkered flag has waved on the USCC, the cross-country snowmobile circuit established by Pat Mach in 2002.

Click to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

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Q&A with Mike Larson, Arctic Cat Design Engineer


6/8/2012 2:22:00 PM

Mike Larson, Snowmobile Design Engineer at Arctic Cat

The components of Arctic Cat snowmobiles are created because engineers like Mike Larson “draw” them via CAD.

Larson is a Design Engineer who helped create everything from Sno Pro race sleds to the 800 H.O. to projects that haven’t yet seen the light of day.

After a lot of arm-twisting, he finally agreed to an interview. Click to read it.

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Craigslist-of-the-Week: June 7 2012


6/7/2012 7:28:00 AM

Craigslist for 6-7-12 Arctic Cat Krazy Kat

Yep, there IS something about a snowmobile 2-stroke triple...

Click to check out this Craigslist-of-the-week "Krazy Kat" complete with a ZRT 800 engine.

There's even a short video.

 

 

 

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Dale Lindbeck Wins 2012 IWA Watercross Opener


6/4/2012 2:04:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat racer Dale Lindbeck wins 2012 IWA in Moose Lake

Dale Lindbeck continues to rack up the watercross wins under the Team Arctic banner, most recently at the 2012 IWA Watercross season opener in Moose Lake, Minn.

Click to read a short recap.

 

 

 

 

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A May Day at Speedwerx


5/30/2012 3:52:00 PM

Inside the Speedwerx snowmobile, ATV and car performance shop

I recently spent a day at Speedwerx, where the high-performance gurus were up to their eyeballs developing, calibrating and building stuff that coaxes the last bit of juice out of all kinds of vehicles.

Click to read more.

 

 

 

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Photo of the Day: Summer Snowmobiling


5/29/2012 10:04:00 AM

Summer snowmobile fun with bikinis and dragsters

With Memorial Day weekend behind us (in the U.S.), it's my opinion that summer has officially begun.

Time to break out the bikinis and dragsters!

See you at the beach...

 

 

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Almost-Vintage Arctic Cat Powder Commercial


5/29/2012 10:00:00 AM

Here's a commercial for the 2000 model year Arctic Cat Powder sleds that, in comparison to today's machines, appears almost-vintage.

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Arctic Cat Wildcats in Moab's Rally on the Rocks


5/24/2012 4:08:00 PM

Rally on the Rocks and Arctic Cat Wildcat UTV

The Annual Rally on the Rocks event took place last week in Moab, Utah.

Lots of Arctic Cat Wildcats there to experience the amazing adventure and trails.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

 

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Outtakes from CJ's Famous "Peace Out" Trail Cat Shoot


5/22/2012 8:17:00 AM

Peace Out with CJ Ramstad and the Arctic Cat Trail Cat

Something about this classic image of legend C.J. Ramstad has always struck me.

Recently, while at the MSPN offices formerly owned by the late author, I uncovered a handful of slides from the same roll of film that produced the published shot.

Click to see them.

 

 

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Kids & Snowmobiles: Safety Net vs. Tool Kit?


5/16/2012 10:00:00 AM

Me and my son Calvin on a snowmobile ride last winter

 

Ever since I read THIS HAUNTING STORY of 14-year-old Burton Winters' death, I've been thinking about my own childhood snowmobile adventures and when I'll let my own children ride without an adult present.

Click to read the ramblings of a parent.

 

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