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Let 'em Eat Cake


7/24/2017 10:07:00 AM

Arctic Cat snowmobile passion. Eat cake!

Summer... graduations, weddings and Sunday evening trips for ice cream.

Oh, summer is also a good time to think about snowmobiling.

So let's all eat cake and celebrate the ride.

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BAM! Another World Record for Glenn Hall and an Arctic Cat Turbo


7/19/2017 8:29:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat's Glenn Hall and the Stilson Racing/Hypersports 9000 Turbo sled.

Team Arctic straightline racer Glenn Hall just set another record, this time ProMod class in 1/8-mile asphalt  bike/sled class aboard the Stilson Racing/Hypersports Arctic Cat 9000-Series Turbo:

0.167 seconds:            REACTION TIME

1.140 seconds:            60-FT ELAPSED TIME

3.216 seconds             330-FT ELAPSED TIME

5.041 seconds             1/8-MILE ELAPSED TIME

133.09 MPH               1/8-MILE SPEED

Glenn and the team delivered this outstanding result this past weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.

it's a reflection of the team's expertise as well as the incredible power-to-weight advantage of an Arctic Cat Turbo.

Congrats to the Stilson Racing/Hypersports team!

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Textron Reports 2nd Quarter 2017 Financial Results


7/19/2017 8:06:00 AM

Textron Arctic Cat

The mother ship is strong, stable and profitable.

Textron Inc. today reported second quarter 2017 income from continuing operations of $0.57 per share or $0.60 per share of adjusted income from continuing operations, compared to $0.66 per share in the second quarter of 2016. During this year’s second quarter, the company recorded $13 million of pre-tax special charges ($0.03 per share, after-tax).

Revenues in the quarter were $3.6 billion, up 2.6 percent from the second quarter of 2016. Textron segment profit in the quarter was $295 million, down $33 million from the second quarter of 2016.

“Revenues were up in the quarter primarily driven by the Arctic Cat acquisition,” said Textron Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly. “We saw strong performance at Bell and were encouraged by the continued strengthening in commercial helicopter demand.”

Click for the full release.

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Product Spotlight: 2018 Arctic Cat Utility Jackets


7/14/2017 12:12:00 PM

Arctic Cat Utility Jackets for 2018.

It's mid-July, which means the lakes are just starting to thaw in northern Minnesota. Time to swap the heavily insulated Arcticwear gear with something a little more summer-like.

Arcticwear has some new utility jackets for the 2018 season that might be exactly what you're looking for now and in future months.

Click to check 'em out.

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First Impressions: Driving a Stampede


7/10/2017 7:18:00 AM

First ride on a Textron Stampede. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If first impressions are truly meaningful, then the hour-or-so test drive I had on a couple Stampede side-by-side models (as well as a Recoil iS electric vehicle) are a good omen for the future of Arctic Cat dealers and riders.

The ride took place this spring at Country Cat, who has been a Stampede dealer for the last year.

Far from being a definitive test, this was more of an introductory session with a couple machines. Not comprehensive, rather, an introduction of sorts.

Click to read a few observations.

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TGIF: The June 30, 2017 Edition


6/30/2017 3:41:00 PM

TGIF vintage sled with antlers

I'm thankful that vintage snowmobilers are so dang horny.

I'm thankful the buck stops here.

I'm thankful for Bambi, Bullwinkle and Rudolph.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 30, 2017

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King of Badass: 1971 Arctic Cat King Kat 800


6/27/2017 3:56:00 PM

1971 Arctic Cat King Kat 800. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 1971 Arctic Cat King Kat 800...one of the original musclesleds!

Powered by the 800 Kawasaki four-banger, this and the 800 3-cylinder Hirth version were the biggest and gnarliest Arctic Cats of that year, and that era.

Only 124 of these babies were produced. They are among the most sought-after snowmobiles to this day.

This King Kat is owned by the Ische family of Glencoe, Minn., who allowed my to photograph it for the 50th Anniversary of Arctic Cat book that we produced in 2011.

To this day, and to my eyes, there is nothing that screams "BADASS!" on a snowmobile with quite the same authority as four cylinders sticking out of a hood.

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Gear Spotlight: Custom ZR 200 Accessories


6/23/2017 8:25:00 AM

Arctic Cat ZR 200 custom accessories

It's going to be fun seeing owners customize the new ZR 200 youth snowmobile, whether it's for little Johnny/Jilly or for their adult selves.

Arctic Cat is first out of the gate with a host of new gear that covers the spectrum from style to comfort and control.

Make the jump to see some of what's available.

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First Snowmobile Front Flip My @$$!


6/21/2017 10:44:00 AM

A lot of hype has been made this week on the ol' socialable medias about the supposedly first-ever front flip on a snowmobile at the recent Nitro Circus show in San Diego.

It's NOT the first front flip. For starters, Heath Frisby did it at the X Games in 2012.

And I have personally done a snowmobile front flip at least 20 times in my career. A couple were even multiple-flips. Most of them occurred during various snowmobile races, usually in a whooped-out section of ditch. Granted, each one was unintentional; probably more of a somersault/cartwheel; and a complete surprise, but that shouldn't matter when the history books are being written.

While there is no video documentation of my flips (too bad, because I guarantee they're more entertaining than the recent Nitro Circus maneuver), I still have some shredded windshield plastic and twisted handlebars to prove it.

Gotta give the Nitro gang credit though, they're smart enough to charge money for this stuff.

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Hey Jughead (Snowmobiling is Comical)!


6/16/2017 9:11:00 AM

Archie snowmobile comic magazine

Once upon a time, there was a generation of youth who read comic books. There were all sorts of comic books, from Marvel super-hero stuff to satirical MAD magazine to car-culture stuff like CARtoons. And pretty much everything in between.

This generation of youth read (and sometimes purchased) these comics at drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, bookstores and even comics stores.

If you were a snowmobiler WAY back then, your heart absolutely RACED on those rare occasions when a comic book featured your favorite sport. It was kind of like hitting the jackpot.

Funny now, looking back on a few examples of these comics from the early 1970s. The writers surely identified the subtle nuance of what the snowmobile experience was like back then: that sleds were often a bit unreliable.

I love that in our modern age, we can make a few clicks to watch video or see images of every single aspect of snowmobiling that exists today. Snowmobiling is literally at our fingertips. We're damn lucky.

But there's a part of me that appreciates (and wishes for) the simplicity of yesteryear. Of Archie, Dennis the Menace, Scooby Doo and snowmobiles that were tough to keep running a whole day.

Click to see a few more comics.

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Making Tracks: Happy Birthday, Roger Skime


6/11/2017 10:55:00 AM

Roger and Bernice Skime. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Roger Skime turns 74 years old today.

To celebrate this day and the immeasurable impact Roger has had on the world, snowmobiling, Arctic Cat and so many individuals, I'd like to share a story written about him a few years ago by his granddaughter Kylie Lehrer.

It's an awesome story that truly captures Roger's essence.

Thanks to Kylie for sharing this remarkable insight into the man who's made so many meaningful and impactful tracks.

And Happy Birthday, Roger!

Click to read read more.

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Summer Sledding: Watercross Season


6/7/2017 7:47:00 AM

Team Arctic's Dale Lindbeck wins 2017 IWA Pro Stock opener.

First, the good news: In just two weeks the daylight hours will start getting shorter.

Now the great news: You can maximize your summer fun, hang out at the lake AND get some great snowmobile action. Simply hit up one of the IWA watercross races this summer.

If you do, there's a great chance you'll see Team Arctic's Duracell bunny Dale Lindbeck continue his decades-long win streak continue. In fact, he's already scored a win this season!

I've been covering watercross races since the mid-1940s, and Lindbeck was been winning at least that long. Pretty dang impressive!

Click for the IWA schedule.

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Wildcat Super Sport: D&P Performance's Custom Crawler


6/1/2017 8:32:00 AM

D&P Performance custom Wildcat. Photo by UTVGuide.net

Dean Bulloch and the crew from D&P Performance in Cedar City, Utah, built this one-of-a-kind Wildcat "Super" Sport to tackle monster rock crawling events like the King of the Hammers competition.

Custom double A-arm front and rear suspensions...a turbo-charged Yamaha 998cc triple engine with CVT drivetrain...yep, this baby is built for some fun.

Click to read a few more details.

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Capturing the Kitty's Thunder


5/30/2017 10:23:00 AM

2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat ZR 9000 Turbo. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A new, modern Arctic Cat Thundercat returned to the frozen battlefields of speed this past winter.

It had some mighty deep tracks to follow to earn the name "Thundercat," as the original is still legendary among those who experience it.

It also had the challenge of overcoming the outstanding performance the previous 9000-Series machines that had been powered by the Suzuki twin turbo.

I'm gathering info for a story that will appear later this summer about where exactly the new T-Cat landed compared to its predecessors, both in stock and mod form. 

For now, I'll leave you with a few pix that visually capture this Kitty's thunder.

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Flashback: Feb. 22, 2012. Team Arctic Hillclimb Crew


5/25/2017 10:21:00 AM

Team Arctic's Tupper, Kincaid, Shimpa & McClure. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Flashback. Feb. 22, 2012. Island Park, Idaho. Near Arctic Cat's mountain test facility.

(L-to-R): Todd Tupper, Rob Kincaid, Al Shimpa and David McClure. Each is a key member of Team Arctic's hillclimb race program. Tupper is the racer/engineer.

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New Pro Open Rules: CSRA's Ken Avann Responds with His Opinion


5/22/2017 7:53:00 AM

Pro Open Snocross racing from 2016. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Controversy?!? Right now there's plenty of it when it comes to the new rule for Pro Open snocross sleds for 2017.

Ken Avann, president of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) was one of the principal architects of the new stock-sled-based rule change.

Click for Ken’s perspective on the new rule and what it will accomplish.

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So Close! SHOF New Building Fund On Cusp of Reality


5/22/2017 7:34:00 AM

Snowmobile Hall of Fame New Building Fundraiser

The vision of a beautiful new building that displays historic snowmobiles and memorabilia is almost ready to happen at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis.  With the Classic Sled Roundup weekend festivities happening this coming weekend, the SHOF hopes to bridge the final gap to its building fundraising goal in hopes of hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 27.

“We are so close to our goal of $350,000 that we can taste it,” said Craig Marchbank, SHOF President. "With one last push, and a few spare dollars from those who are able, we’ll put shovels in the ground for this important showcase of snowmobile history.”

Click to read more about helping the SHOF this week with any size donation.

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Mash-Up Masterpiece: The Cat Kid's Custom Arctic Cat ZRThundercat


5/16/2017 8:35:00 AM

Doug Hanson's custom Arctic Cat ZRT 600

Doug Hanson (aka "The Cat Kid") builds some truly wonderful custom Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

This ZRT/T-Cat mash-up featuring a bunch of Thundercat, ZR and performance goodies is a perfect example of his work.

Click to see some more of this fine sled.

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Craig Kennedy Named Vice President of Snow & International


5/10/2017 1:54:00 PM

Arctic Cat's Craig Kennedy. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This week, longtime Arctic Cat veteran Craig Kennedy was named Vice President, Snow & International. The announcement was made by Kevin Holleran, President and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles.

Kennedy has more than 18 years at Arctic Cat, in a variety of roles. He knows the brand, the customers, the dealers and the employees.

Oh, and his blood is green.

Click for more info.

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Textron Shifts Production to TRF & St. Cloud, Closes Mpls HQ


5/10/2017 1:45:00 PM

Arctic Cat manufacturing plant in Thief River Falls, Minn.

Yesterday, Textron Industries announced a few big changes that will make an impact on Arctic Cat:

* Production of the (Textron) Stampede will move from Augusta, Ga., to Thief River Falls, Minn. (above)

* Production of the Textron 4-stroke engine (that powers the Stampede) will also move to TRF.

* Arctic Cat's Minneapolis HQ will be shut down, with employees transitioning to St. Cloud

Click for more info.

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