1993 Arctic Cat ZR

1993 Arctic Cat ZR

Vintage Rider December 16, 2017 0
The double A-Arm front suspension found on the majority of today’s snowmobiles was not the first choice of IFS used. The trailing arm front suspension first appeared on oval race sleds in the 70’s with Arctic Cat introducing the first production version on the 1979 Trail Cat. Arctic continued... Read more
1977 Polaris RXL – The Midnight Blue Express
Eagle River – 1975: Legendary Polaris factory racer and race team manager Bob Eastman was standing in the pits after the World Championship race with racer and innovator Gordon Rudolph. Gordy qualified for the ‘75 Eagle River World championship with his latest creation. Powered by a 650 Polaris triple... Read more
1975 TNT 245 RV – Black is Beautiful
In the winter of 1975 if you wanted to know what was coming down the pipe from your favorite sled builder, the race fan was heading to the oval track to have a look at the SnoPro oval race sleds or the limited build oval stockers. The winter of... Read more
1973 Alouette Super – “Villeneuve Magic” is Born
January 1974, Eagle River Wisconsin. The World Championship flag traditionally drops at 3:00 pm sharp. Giles Villeneuve eased up to the start line with his 650 cc Alouette Super racing against the likes of Factory Polaris riders Bob Eastman and Stan Hayes, Yamaha Sno-Pro team members Wayne Trapp and... Read more
Arctic Cat King Cat – The Mother of all High Performance Snowmobiles
Arctic Cat has never been a company that follows. Since the day Edgar Hetteen rolled into Thief River Falls and set up shop, Arctic Cat has always led the industry with some of the most creative and off the wall sleds to hit the snow. Ski-Doo had been dominating... Read more
SNOPRO 1974 – Does Racing Improve the Breed?
It’s hard to believe but 43 years ago this past fall the snowmobile world was abuzz with a new race series called SnoPro. We all recognize SnoPro as the name used by Arctic Cat on a number of its sleds, but in reality the label “SnoPro” was proposed by... Read more
2003 BLADE OutLaw
Bad-Ass V-Twin Snowmobile that Never Made it to Production Back fifteen years ago (in 2002), BLADE Snowmobiles (of FAST M-10 fame) was preparing to release their OutLaw™ snowmobile, powered by a torquey, four-stroke, American made V-Twin from S&S CYCLE, Inc. The OutLaw had a rather unique appearance with somewhat... Read more
1974 Mercury Sno-Twister
When the history of snowmobile racing is written there will be a select few sleds that will be recognized for totally dominating the competition. The 1974 Sno-Twister was just such a sled. It arrived at the time when Mercury Marine had decided to go racing after manufacturing sleds that... Read more
The Chase for a Snowmobile World Speed Record: A Short History
By Hal Armstrong Who is the fastest? Whether it’s the 100m run at the Olympics, NHRA top fuel record or the Land Speed Record we are all still captivated by these words whenever we hear them. Break a world record and you get recognition by the media that even... Read more
1978 YAMAHA SSR

1978 YAMAHA SSR

Vintage Rider January 4, 2017 4
By Hal Armstrong – Today we all take independent front suspensions for granted. But, in the spring of 1977, three of the big four sled builders were working overtime to figure out the intricacies of this new innovation. SnoPro 1977 was a year for the record books for Polaris.... Read more