Tis' the summer of Road Trips for some Arctic Cat people, and I got in on the action early this week with my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman.
The stated purpose of the trip was for Rowland to pick up a couple "retired" race sleds for his collection, and for an evening BBQ with fellow Arctic Cat friends Greg Spaulding and Larry Coltom.
But like any good road trip, it's the stuff that we weren't expecting that was the most memorable.
Click to see the postcards from our trip.
Prediction: Six months from now, there's going to be snow on the ground and sledders making tracks.
And not just in the mountains.
I'm going to keep enjoying summer, but I'm officially in the weather forecasting game now, and my computer modeling shows snow on the ground six months from now.
I'm here to tell you: This road trip is gonna be fun.
Are you #WaitingForWinter? I am! But, alas, I'm only #5Foot8InchJohn.
Two. Hundred. Eleven. Horsepower!
When the 2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat hit 211 hp on the DynoTech dyno last month, it established a new record for a stock snowmobile engine, and it confirmed with a number EXACTLY what was felt in the seat-of-the-pants experience that journalists and a few other lucky riders know from having ridden it last spring.
Click to read a little more about the significance of that feat.
The machinations of the snowmobile racing industry are just starting to churn out information and excitement for the 2016-17 season.
Christian Brothers Racing is among the first out of the gate, with news that they've inked a deal with Jacob Yurk to join Logan Christian as the two-racer snocross team.
Yurk, a scrappy and rising racer from Grand Blanc, Mich., will compete in the Pro Lite class.
Click to read the CBR release, and join me in welcoming Yurk to Team Arctic!
Dumping your load needn't be a gut-busting experience. With an Electric Cargo Box Lift from Arctic Cat, you can dump whatever is loading down your HDX with a simple press of a button.
Click for more details.
Hear and see what Arctic Cat President/CEO Chris Metz has to say about the 2017 line of dirt products, as well as some interesting developments and goals for the company itself.
Here and see what Arctic Cat President/CEO Chris Metz has to say about the 2017 line of dirt products, as well as some interesting developments and goals for the company itself.
Arctic Cat just released the first wave of its 2017 ATV/UTV product line. A quick glance at the offerings shows an emphasis on MSRP price reductions on several key models; bold new graphics; and a re-emphasis on the so-called 2017 models that it had already released a few months ago.
Arctic Cat also pared down its model line-up for next year, dropping several models (including many of the 1000 engine-equipped machines) as well as package variations.
Notable in the release of information is that there is no mention of the full-sized Wildcat X and 4X models, two popular machines that have clearly NOT been put out to pasture.
In Cat’s letter to the media, it also mentioned that what we’re seeing today is just the first wave of new models, and that subsequent models will be released later this year (with no mention of what those machines might be).
I’m reaching for my calculator to figure out what 2 + 2 equals. In the meantime, click for some pix and details of this first wave of 2017 Arctic Cat dirt machines.
Entering his eighth year of oval competition, Team Arctic's Colt Dellandrea has carved his way to becoming one of the premier Champ 440 racers in North America.
He's also one of the nicest.
Competing with the help of his mom-and-pop crew (literally), Dellandrea is aiming to put Cat on top of the World Championship and TLR Cup podiums.
Click HERE to read an interview with Sundridge, Ontario, racer.
I'm thankful for the seasons of life and of the year.
I'm thankful that with the passing of summer solstice, the days are now getting shorter.
I'm thankful that sailing takes me a way, and that snowmobilers are reaching new heights when it comes to backcountry mountain riding.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 24, 2016.
The University of Minnesota Duluth Clean Snowmobile Challenge team is proof that the current generation of youth is doing great things and will shape our future in fantastic ways.
WAY more so than old dumbasses like me who fairly wasted the opportunity that college offered.
Click to see why our future sleds, ATVs, side-by-sides, watercraft, motorcycles and other stuff is going to be really, really cool (and why these are exceptional young men).
Nothing says "Outta my way" to brush, downfall, elephants or herds of wild stallions quite like the new Deluxe Front Brush Guard and Rear Bumper for Arctic Cat XR and Alterra ATVs.
These are two of an always expanding collection of accessories.
Click to read the descriptions.
Ouch, that's gotta hurt!
In the wake of a jury awarding Arctic Cat over $15 million against BRP for patent infringement, a federal court judge for the Southern District of Florida tripled the damages -- to the tune of $46.7 million.
The moral of the story: Mess with the shark, you're gonna get bit.
Click for more details.
I'm thankful for challenge.
I'm thankful for courage.
I'm thankful for those times when I can just open 'er up, nail a wicked jump and let the chips fall where they may.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 10, 2016.
Before "ditch-banging" entered the lexicon of modern snowmobiles... before X Games and snocross... and even before the advent of independent front suspension... there was oval racing.
With bumps that turned into jumps.
And the men and women who raced on such ovals called themselves "oval-bangers" on all of their social media channels.
Herein ends today's history lesson.
Who knew that Tigershark still had teeth?
So can I get a hell-yeah!? How about a Montego, Barricuda, Daytona and Monte Carlo!?
Today’s celebration comes on the heels of a Florida jury siding with Arctic Cat that BRP (Sea-Doo) willfully infringed two Arctic Cat patents and awarding damages of approximately $15.5 million.
Click for the details.
By all calculations I experience significant pucker-factor 47 times during a normal snowmobile-riding season
(Pucker-factor is that “holy-crap-this-could-get-ugly” thought that overwhelms my brain the same instant that my body involuntarily produces a strange contraction during which it flexes muscles I didn’t even know existed.)
Click for the fully-clenched story.
One of the cool things about the Wildcat line of ROVs is that there are all kinds of Arctic Cat accessories that change the look and/or enhance the riding experience.
For example: the new Door Extensions for the Wildcat Sport and Trail.
Click to read more.
Cool! Arctic Cat rings the bell at the the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, New York on Wed. morning. In honor of the occasion, Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s Chief Executive Officer, spoke about the company and brand.