Polaris Racing legend Bob Eastman has been inducted into the prestigious Polaris Hall of Fame. Eastman was one of five individuals and business partners who played a significant role in the growth and operation of Polaris Industries that were inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame. The induction took place during the 2006 Polaris ATV, RANGER and Victory Motorcycles dealer meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Eastman put his heart and soul into Polaris for 45 years. Bob is best known as a legendary snowmobile racer and race team manager. He helped Polaris earn its reputation for performance as he won races across North America. He won the Eagle River World Championship in 1973 and is a member of the Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame. He joined Polaris in 1960 as a welder, building farm equipment and Sno-Traveler snowmobiles. Bob also was involved in testing and became instrumental in new product development, helping Polaris lead the way in snowmobile and ATV innovation. Even at the height of his racing success, Bob has always remained humble, always been just another good guy from Roseau, where he now enjoys retirement and does some farming.
Other inductees included Ken Larson, former Polaris President and COO, and Tri-City Polaris of Centerville, Utah.
In the 1990s, Larson helped the company triple in size from $300 million to more than $1 billion annually. The spectacular results during Ken’s term as president speak for themselves.
Polaris dealer Tri-City Polaris in Centerville, Utah started in a small post office building but has grown significantly in the past 20 years. Tri-City has become a mecca for performance-minded deep snow riders and a prime source for performance solutions and for lightweight, incredibly effective parts and setups.