This stunning, restored 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma is collector Nancy Ische's pride and joy. And for good reason.
It's one of VERY few such 1970 Puma 793 models (three is the "official" production number for this model).
Click to read a little more about Arctic Cat's musclesled for 1970.
After two seasons using the Arctic Cat Hydration Pack during select rides, I'm here to tell you it's good to drink (water) and ride.
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I'm thankful that when the snowmobile season is over or when I need a break from riding ATVs, I can hop on my trusty Gilson and head out into the jungle for a little rip.
I'm thankful for those wistful moments of self-reflection that occur at the end of a particularly challenging ride.
I'm thankful my pants match my helmet.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 5, 2015.
“F@#$!” exclaimed Pat, just moments after we’d pulled into the vehicle parking.
“I forgot my $@#!*& helmet at home!”...
So begins the legend of Pat's sweet helmet.
Click to read the rest of the story.
Dateline: Feb. 24, 2015
Location: Near Island Park, Idaho
Rider: Arctic Cat engineer/racer Brian Dick
Machine: Prototype 2016 Arctic Cat ZR6000R XC race sled
Purpose: Evaluate suspension performance in hard packed, sharp edged bump conditions for possible calibration change for 2016.
Conclusion: "This is an improvement. But we need to progress to the point where we could ride this same section, at this same speed, with just the throttle hand on the handlebar and in complete control."
Action: Continue development.
I'm thankful that the days of riding bareback are long behind me.
I'm thankful for a little extra horsepower when I'm out riding fences.
I'm thankful for that special bond between a cowboy and his Ski-Daddler.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 29, 2015.
With just a few days to prep their stock Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport Limiteds, Team Arctic/D&P Performance racers Karl Munford (R), Stacey Pike (L) and Dean Bulluch captured 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective classes at the the WORCS off-road race in Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Click to read the dirty facts.
What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?
It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.
Click to see all the details.
Looking to get a vintage fix?
This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.
Click to read some details.
Tomorrow marks the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, held at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Three-time NASCAR Spring Cut champion (and 2009 All-Star Race winner) Tony Stewart will be there, mixing it up on the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat-sponsored Chevrolet.
Click to read the press release.
I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.
I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.
I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.
Arctic Cat reported its 2015 full-year fiscal results. The results highlight the company's ATV dealer inventory reduction program, as well as an increase in year-over-year snowmobile sales. Two statements from the report especially caught my eye:
"We will seek additional OEM partnerships..."
"An improved dealer inventory position will allow us to launch more new products..."
Click to read the full financial results.
Arctic Cat will invest nearly $27 million to improve its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minn., operations.
The investment will add a new state-of-the-art production line in TRF and expand the engine manufacturing operations in St. Cloud. Together, these improvements will result in the creation of approximately 50 jobs.
Click to read more details of this great news.
With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.
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Team Arctic Hillclimbers delivered awesome performances at the last two events of the RMSHA season, including 15 wins, two King titles and three Championship titles.
Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.
I'm thankful for the quality time we've been spending together on our snow machine.
I'm thankful I ignored the advice of everyone, and went with the three-wheeled trackless beauty.
I'm thankful when you give me that look, which is much more fun than so many of your other looks.
And I'm thankful it's the first day of May in 2015.
Former Team Arctic and Enduro Team Deere cross-country champion Brian Nelson experienced some remarkable moments during his illustrious racing career.
Here he recounts many of them in a podcast conducted by veteran snowmobile journalists Gord Avann and Hal Armstrong.
Nelson's memory and attention to detail is uncanny and a great listen. At nearly an hour and forty minutes, it's a long one. But definitely worth the time.
This past summer-Fall, Chris Olin and the gang at Rox Speed FX in Grand Rapids, Minn., built another one of their stunning custom sleds: a retro El Tigre-themed 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000.
Like all Rox customs, this sweetheart combines creativity, coolness and key attention to detail.
Click for a modern blast from the past.
I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.
I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.
I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 24, 2015.
With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.
He is a master of the chase.
Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.
Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.