I'm thankful for the fame and notoriety I received for driving my Chappy snowmobile across the U.S. during the summer (the babes weren't too bad either).
I'm thankful for the rugged dependability of my Rockwell engine and PolyTrac track.
I'm thankful for the stop I made in Cheyenne, Wyo., to get these sweet cowboy boots.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, August 15, 2014.
Some inventors ask "Why?"
Others ask "Why Not?"
I'm not sure what question to ask about this craigslist-of-the-month find.
Boy in the bubble?
Really, REALLY love the smell of 2-stroke?
Click for a few more great images.
Last week Arctic Cat built the 2015 Tucker Hibbert Edition ZR 6000 RR models in Thief River Falls.
Tucker stopped by to check out the process, fist-pump some of the people doing the assembly, snag a sweet pair of safety glasses and place a "SOLD" tag on one of the machines for himself.
Click to see a few pix.
I'm thankful that Ronald and Nancy Reagan agreed to test-ride my snowmobile (before he became President).
I'm thankful he ignored his conservative nature and simply went full-throttle.
I'm thankful Nancy and my wife eventually shut their mouths.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
This video is a great reminder to be careful when jumping personal watercraft.
By the way, I'd bet that no mention was made of this little incident when the throttle jockey returned the rentals.
I'm thankful it's August and the summer snowmmobile drag season is upon us.
I'm thankful for the RUSH I feel when dragging on a cig while also dragging my sled.
I'm thankfull all those suckers behind me are eating my dust.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
It's been a busy summer for the crew at USXC Racing as they lay a successful foundation for the upcoming Winnipeg to Willmar I-500 cross-country.
Occasionally Brian Nelson, USXC director, sends me an email with updates on their progress (and the considerable work required).
Click to read the incredible foundation being laid for this historic race.
Part two of the Vintage Road Trip to Wisconsin had Tom Rowland, Jim Dimmerman and myself making an impromtu visit with vintage Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer at his shop in Wausau.
The stuff we saw of Randy's was thrilling, surprising and enlightning.
And as was the case throughout this trip, it had us laughing and grateful fo
I'm thankful I bought the sled on the extra-early spring program, because we used the CatCash to buy matching jackets.
I'm thankful I opted for the touring model featuring the 4-up seat, tall windshield and fiberglass overload springs.
I'm thankful Hank brought his rifle and pistol.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 25, 2014.
Recently I joined my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman on a 2-day road trip to Wisconsin whose theme was "1982 prototype snowmobiles" from Arctic Cat and Scorpion.
During the trip we revisited CPC; uncovered a '82 Scorpion snowmobile; snagged a proto '82 Arctic Cat; met with Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer; and had an enlightening conversation with Gordon Rhode.
It was a road trip of epic laughter and education.
Click to read part one of the trip.
Once a month Arctic Cat distributes info to the media highlighting select new products.
This month the batch includes the Cat-to-the-Core leather jacket, Mountain Tec gloves, ProClimb boards and half-covers.
Make the jump to see and read about them.
Once in a while I hear a story of an Arctic Cat rider's passion for snowmobile, and it moves me to tears.
This story from Kyle Hofland about his great uncle Doug (above) is one such story.
Click to read a truly wonderful story about passion and family ties.
I'm thankful that when the snow melts to reveal the sand dunes, my trusty steed is ready to adapt via a front-end-wheel kit.
I'm thankful I can scout out the sweetest sand cornices and jumps and, once identified, that I can air it out while wearing my straw hat.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 18, 2014.
Arctic Cat announced an update to the side panel on all 2015 ZR, XF and M models in the 6000, 8000, and 9000 engine series.
The revised side panel features a new external duct that directs more air onto the clutches, reducing their operating temperatures.
Click to breeze through some more info and pix.
Arctic Cat updated the 2015 ZR4000RR with new, race-focused features aimed at higher performance and improved handling.
It gets the TEAM driven clutch, wider A-arms and new skis.
Click for more detailed information.
I'm thankful for the sheer joy and adventure of backcountry boondocking.
I'm thankful my new watercross race sled is ready to rip.
I'm thankful for Outdoor Life magazine.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 11, 2014.
You know the magnificent (and mean-looking) 1972 Arctic Cat EXT hood/belly combo? It was primarily designed and crafted in fiberglass by Kenny Halvorson.
The same Kenny Halvorson who produced most of the patterns and molds for Arctic Cat from the early '70s through 1981.
Ditto for the reproduction Z, EXT, big mouth Panther and Sno Pro hoods that grace the majority of rebuilt, restored and/or reproduced show sleds throughout the world.
They and many more are the creation of Kenny Halvorson and his crew of craftsmen.
Click to read about a master of glass.
I'm thankful it's July... time to rev up my WetBike.
I'm thankful I can just sit here, cool as $#!T, while she waves at me from on the beach.
I'm thankful for the fireworks that are gonna happen as soon as I'm done ripping some waves on my trusty steed.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 4, 2014.
Once a month Arctic Cat distributes info to the media highlighting select new products, some of which are so new they didn't make it into the accessories catalog.
This month the batch includes an all-new 3.0-in. lug PowerClaw track for mountain sleds, SPY-built goggles, Tucker Hibbert Series FOX Shox and a women's BackCountry jacket.
Make the jump to see and read about them.
For the gears to turn smoothly and on time at a company like Arctic Cat, there must be people whose job is to create and adhere to a master plan.
Michele McCraw is one of those people.
As a BOM (Bill of Materials) Technician, McCraw is responsible for the documentation of 62 current model snowmobiles, plus a large number of prototype and future model year sleds.
It’s a huge responsibility that’s critical to the assembly and specification documentation of these snowmobiles.
Click to read about her job and some cool facts about current Arctic Cat snowmobiles.