Special thanks to Arctic Cat collector Tom Ische for sending this new (to my eyes) photo.
The turbine-powered Arctic Cat Boss Cat I was reported to produce 1000 hp and ran 126 mph. Probably not 126 mph in the Hwy 32 ditch south of Thief River Falls, but one has to wonder just how fast the boys went when they lit the wick on this baby? Maybe even more interesting… what kind of holy-crapeth thoughts went through the heads of unsuspecting motorists?
This amazing snowmobile was one of three outstanding efforts by Arctic Cat to set World Speed Records in the early 1970s. It also infamously nearly killed Team Arctic racer Dale Cormican at Boonville, New York, in 1972.
Photo of Cormican (left) and sled designer/builder Dennis Ray
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO on the Boss Cat I (it will take you to BossCatLegacy.com) and it’s later brethren.