What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?
It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.
Click to see all the details.
Looking to get a vintage fix?
This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.
Click to read some details.
Tomorrow marks the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, held at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Three-time NASCAR Spring Cut champion (and 2009 All-Star Race winner) Tony Stewart will be there, mixing it up on the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat-sponsored Chevrolet.
Click to read the press release.
I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.
I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.
I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.
Arctic Cat reported its 2015 full-year fiscal results. The results highlight the company's ATV dealer inventory reduction program, as well as an increase in year-over-year snowmobile sales. Two statements from the report especially caught my eye:
"We will seek additional OEM partnerships..."
"An improved dealer inventory position will allow us to launch more new products..."
Click to read the full financial results.
Arctic Cat will invest nearly $27 million to improve its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minn., operations.
The investment will add a new state-of-the-art production line in TRF and expand the engine manufacturing operations in St. Cloud. Together, these improvements will result in the creation of approximately 50 jobs.
Click to read more details of this great news.
With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.
Click for the full interview.
Team Arctic Hillclimbers delivered awesome performances at the last two events of the RMSHA season, including 15 wins, two King titles and three Championship titles.
Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.
I'm thankful for the quality time we've been spending together on our snow machine.
I'm thankful I ignored the advice of everyone, and went with the three-wheeled trackless beauty.
I'm thankful when you give me that look, which is much more fun than so many of your other looks.
And I'm thankful it's the first day of May in 2015.
Former Team Arctic and Enduro Team Deere cross-country champion Brian Nelson experienced some remarkable moments during his illustrious racing career.
Here he recounts many of them in a podcast conducted by veteran snowmobile journalists Gord Avann and Hal Armstrong.
Nelson's memory and attention to detail is uncanny and a great listen. At nearly an hour and forty minutes, it's a long one. But definitely worth the time.
This past summer-Fall, Chris Olin and the gang at Rox Speed FX in Grand Rapids, Minn., built another one of their stunning custom sleds: a retro El Tigre-themed 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000.
Like all Rox customs, this sweetheart combines creativity, coolness and key attention to detail.
Click for a modern blast from the past.
I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.
I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.
I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 24, 2015.
With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.
He is a master of the chase.
Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.
Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.
Last Friday was my friend Kale's 40th birthday.
To celebrate (and help Kale assuage his mid-life crisis), I joined him and our friend Pat for a day of work, er, adventure to see a vintage 1970 Arctic Cat Panther being sold by some scammer on craigslist.
Click so see exactly how a craigslist scam unfolds.
Arctic Cat announed new strategic marketing and sales hires, reflecting company president Chris Metz's vision for future growth, including increased focus on customer engagement.
Welcome aboard Greg and Brit (and congrats on the promotion, Mike)!
Click to read the press release.
Beginning today, Team Arctic's Wes Selby will compete at the Ultimate Snowmobiler event in Crested Butte, CO.
His sled: this fully custom Arctic Cat ZR SX-R snocrosser-turned-HCR-with-a-Speedwerx-800-supercharger!
Click to read a brief description.
I'm thankful what can happen when we combine ATVs, pallets and beer.
I'm thankful that I can trust Billy Bob with my life.
I'm thankful we've done stunts like this so many times, that the rest of the gang don't even pay attention any more.
And I'm thankful there's plenty more of this action happening later today, because it's Friday, April 10, 2015.
First, CLICK ON THIS to download and read a wonderful .pdf diary of Steve Brand's 26-day, 4,687-mile Mega Sonic Memory (snowmobile) tour.
It is SO worth reading for the sheer adventure and wisdom of a 60-year old guy who has been in the snowmobile industry for nearly four decades.
Then read the interview to learn more about everything from rediscovering snowmobiling, riding solo and more from the man who brought us TekVest.
I'm thankful me and boys can kick back a few tall cool ones b'for heading out to our fav'rit honey hole.
I'm thankful this here wheeler is built right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A.
I'm thankful a little noodling is all it took to clean me up real good.
And I'm thankful it's all good on this Friday, April 3, 2015.
Today’s racing news is as much a shock as it is compelling: In a recent conversation I had with Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert, the snocross racing legend confirmed to me that he will race a 4-stroke machine this coming season!
Could this be a watershed moment in the history of big bump racing?
Click to read a short interview with Hibbert about his plans for 4-stroke racing.
(Just be sure to read the WHOLE story.)