Anyone who has the vintage snowmobile disease can probably relate to this photo-sequence documentary of Ken Kranz’s unintentional purchase of a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma mod sled at last weekend’s SHOF Classic Sled Roundup in St. Germain, Wis.
Simply change the names and it could be any one of us…
FYI: the “regular” text was provided by Charles Plueddeman, the italicized comments are from me (Sandberg).
Friends Charles Plueddeman and Ken Kranz set up to sell at the SHOF swap meet.
Take note of the contrast between the intention (to sell) and the actual setting (a swap).
An Arctic Cat Puma Mod is unloaded across the aisle.
If this stunning beauty doesn’t present a moral dilemma of lust and desire, I don’t know what does.
I say, “Kranz, you should buy that Puma.” Jerry Leggit from Arctic Enterprises happens by and verifies the sled is for real. A few hours later Kranz (on right) is talking to the owner (left).
What could possibly go wrong once your friend encourages you to act on your most base human desires?
Becky Kranz is called in to consult.
Ahhh yes, the whole ask-for-permission or beg-for-forgiveness dilemma! This is a huge gamble on Ken’s part. It’s a genius move if his wife Becky likes the machine, but it’s fatal if she doesn’t.
Yeah! Ken owns a 1970 Puma Mod with a 440 Hirth.
Congratulations Ken, and thanks to you, Becky and Plueddeman for this Shakespearean-like drama!