SNOWMOBILE HALL OF FAME to eBAY COLLECTIBLE F1100 SNO PRO
50th Anniversary Edition signed by every Team Arctic Racer benefits SHOF
To raise money that supports the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF), a one-of-a-kind 2012 Arctic Cat F1100 Sno Pro in 50th Anniversary trim will be auctioned off on eBay beginning November 24th, 2011.
But this isn’t like any other 50th Anniversary Arctic Cat.
Of all the 50th Anniversary edition F1100 Sno Pros, this was the very first built during production. This is an all-new snowmobile decked out in classic Team Arctic colors and autographed (and documented) by every Team Arctic racer in attendance at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary celebration in Thief River Falls, Minn.
There is no other Arctic Cat snowmobile in the world that has so many autographs from Team Arctic racers along with five autographed boards that document the signatures, and the years, the racers were with Team Arctic.
Some of the legends whose names are signed on this machine: Roger Skime, Larry Coltom, Jim Dimmerman, Kirk Hibbert, Roger Janssen, Dave Thompson, Brian Sturgeon, Aaron Scheele, Chester Boman, Tucker Hibbert, Brad Pake, Paul and Brian Dick, Brian Nelson, P.J. Wanderscheid and many more.
For more information on the upcoming auction CLICK HERE to visit the SHOF Website.
Many of the Team Arctic racers gathered at the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary, where they signed and posed with the SHOF raffle sled.
F1100 Sno Pro 50th Anniversary Edition
Light, built to swallow the bumps and pumping out 120-class horsepower via the ultra-clean 1100 four-stroke engine, the all-new F1100 Sno Pro has set a new standard for high-performance middleweights.
Built on the all-new ProCross chassis, the ultra-light, ultra-rigid foundation has uncompromised handling and control. Up front, the new ARS front suspension attacks the bumps with its extra-tall spindles, wide A-arm spacing and one-piece ski spindles. At the back, the FasTrack Slide-Action rear suspension soaks up anything the trail has to offer, leaving you in perfect comfort and control.
For hard pounding, the F1100 Sno Pro features aggressively-calibrated, lightweight Fox Float 2 shocks up front, an extra-low windshield, electric heated seats, an aggressive 1.25-in. Ripsaw track and a retro graphics package that mimicks the sleek black Sno Pro race sleds of the late 1970’s.
About the Snowmobile Hall of Fame
The SHOF is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich and exciting history of snowmobiling at both the recreational and competitive levels through the operation of a museum, hall of fame and library for the sport. Annual inductions honor the men and women that have played significant roles at the racing venues, design and manufacturing arenas, local clubs, state associations and national organizations. The SHOF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has operated a museum and HOF for the sport since establishing in 1982. It is located on Hwy 70 W in St. Germain, WI.
Ten, twenty, and thirty years from now this sled will be the most valuable sled in existence. Yet, in terms of the history of Arctic Cat and the legendary racers that have worn the black and green colors, the value of this sled will be priceless — not only to the company, but more importantly to the everyday people who bleed green and who have supported the drivers that made Arctic Cat legendary.
It would be a shame to see this one of a kind go to a private collection. Instead, I’d love to see Arctic Cat buy it back and then loan it to the SHOF and others for every Arctic Cat fan to enjoy for many years to come. This sled belongs to all the people who have been a part of the history.
I’m pretty certain there will never be another Arctic Cat sled that’s been signed by so many legends and racers.
No matter who wins the bid, it would be great if it were to be on display, at least on occasion.
Lest we forget, this is a fundraiser to support the SHOF. If some private collector wins the auction and wants to keep it in his garage, so be it.
That’s why I suggested that AC buy it back – even if it has to be done at auction. This supports the museum and keeps the sled where it belongs. There’s no reason this can’t be win-win. You hit the nail on the head when you said there won’t be another sled like this again. This is a once in a lifetime sled and once it’s gone it’s gone.
This sled DOES belong in the SHOF and not someone’s garage – and by having it there it becomes a second ‘win’ for the SHOF by being a great draw for visitors to the museum.
I am already hounding the wife to let me bid on this piece of history. I hope my signature doesn’t de-value it, LOL!
That sled should be on public display, not in a private collection. I watched the ’82 models, Boss Cat & more get hauled off from Uncle Ben’s….sad day knowing that it was going private. A.C. messed up back then, don’t do it again. My opinion.
No matter where it goes, I think it speaks volumes that Cat pulled this together for the SHOF. Thats pretty damn cool!
Depending on how much money is expected to be raised, I figure Cat should just cut the SHOF a cheque for the 20k, 30k, etc and put the sled on display in the SHOF. I agree with ARTDCAT, this sled should be enjoyed by all, not sitting in someones basement. We all have had a part in Cat’s 50 years, to varying degrees (I used the money I was saving for a house down payment to buy my new F8, this will be my 6th Cat), and there are so many more ppl that share my opinion, I’m sure. I would love nothing more than to admire this sled one day and be able to read the names of the “elite” that cover it. For those unable to make it to the 50th, this is just another piece of their hÍstory that will only exist in photographs.
Btw, did Blair Morgan’s name make it onto the sled? I hope it did, or will in the future. He is in-part responsible for why our sleds are rider-forword and rewrote what snowcross was in 1998. He finished his career on a yellow one, but he started with Cat.
I agree that it would be awesome if this sled were to end up back in Arctic’s hands somehow. That said, I think we should be careful not to consider it a “mess up” on their part if it goes elsewhere.
Donating the very first 50th sled off the line to the SHOF and then taking the time to get it autographed by nearly every Team Arctic racer under the sun is a very generous effort by itself if you ask me.
I’m sure it will sell at a high enough price that whoever wins it will not be taking it’s historical importance or it’s preservation lightly… and hopefully we get to see it on display in the future!
Very appropriate in reading the passion and respect exhibited by the many posting their opinions in this thread. This sled is a wonderful reflection of the legacy history that so many contributed to in building and rebuilding this great Minnesota company…..it took hard work, commitment, courage and real dedication to build and sustain the Arctic brand. This sled will go forward in time as the icon it represents…..hopefully that possibility exists in the St Germain Snowmobile Hall Of Fame for all to see. The families representing the many signatures will be proud for generations to come as will all the fine people that made Arctic Cat a legend. JRC
Nice pics John, too bad you cut my head off in the 2nd pic!!! Keep up the good work!!
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