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TGIF: The Dec. 4, 2015 "Screamin' Scott" Edition


12/4/2015 9:10:00 AM

Arctic Cat's Screamin' Scott Eilertson jumps for the crowd in Union Grove, WI, 1975

I'm thankful for the wild and crazy riders who emerge from every generation and do more than just push the boundaries: they completely and literally launch over and/or blow right through them.

I'm thankful for the human spirit that yearns to fly higher, farther and faster.

I'm thankful for Screamin' Scott Eilertson, Arctic Cat District Sales Manager, former racer and jumping record holder, who thrilled the 40,000 spectators at Great Lakes Raceway in Union Grove, Wis., on Labor Day weekend 1975 by launching his 1973 EXT 98 feet (and collapsing the running boards and spraining both ankles in the process).

I'm thankful the power cable didn’t clothesline him.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 (and that Scott is STILL a wild/crazy Arctic Cat guy)!

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Q&A with Brad Darling: VP-GM of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles & PG&A


12/3/2015 4:16:00 PM

Brad Darling, Arctic Cat VP-GM of Snowmobiles. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

As the Vice President-General Manager of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles and PG&A, Brad Darling exerts enormous influence on the machines and gear we ride today, and will ride in the coming years. 

Click to read what the lifelong Arctic Cat man has to say about the company, its machines, the relationship with Yamaha and more.

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The Duluth Report: Observations on the 2016 Snocross Opener


12/2/2015 10:53:00 AM

Duluth Spirit National Snocross 2015. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 24th Annual Duluth Spirit National Snocross unfolded in all its potential greatness this past weekend, with Team Arctic delivering a performance that was something we can all be proud and pleased about.

You've read the press releases, now it's time to read the rest of the story.

Show your spirit and click for Duluth download.

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Video Recap: Tucker Hibbert's '15 Duluth Snocross Opener


12/2/2015 10:49:00 AM

Gotta love the sound and fury!

Check out the 2-minute highlight reel of Tucker Hibbert's season opener in Duluth, Minn.

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Team Arctic Wins More Duluth National Snocross 2015-16


12/1/2015 1:21:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert wins again on the Monster Energy Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.

Team Arctic fired the opening salvo in the 2015-16 ISOC national snocross series and emerged with six wins, 21 podium places and a lot to be happy about the new ZR6000R SX race sled.

Click to read the Team Arctic press release, including the top Cat finishers in each class.

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TGIF: The Snocross Kick-Off Edition on Nov. 27, 2015


11/27/2015 12:04:00 PM

Jetstar Snocross Cross-Country snowmobile racer

I'm thankful that the 2015-2016 Snocross season kicks-off this weekend in Duluth, Minn.

I'm thankful that racers will come from all over the world to take a green flag and, hopefully, a checkered flag too.

I'm thankful their bearded ancestors, who raced long ago on iron dogs, were able to stand up and forge a path that would eventually lead to the rock stars and high flyers we enjoy today.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

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You're all Turkeys (and I'm thankful for that)!


11/26/2015 2:18:00 PM

ArcticInsider decal.

If you come to this site, then you're definitely a turkey.

And I sincerely thank you for that.

Grace and gratitude to you and yours on this fine Thanksgiving Day.

-John

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Win C-TEC2 Oil with Tucker Hibbert in 2016


11/24/2015 1:05:00 PM

Win with Tucker Hibbert: Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Oil

The closest thing to a sure-thing is that Tucker Hibbert will win in snocross.

For that reason alone, you should enter to win an Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil Prize pack, which will be awarded to five lucky fans every time he wins a Pro Open final this season.

That's 17 chances to win Arctic Cat's premium synthetic oil, along with some sweet Tucker swag.

Hurry, the winning could begin this weekend!

Click for the link to enter.

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Colorado Test Trip Report with Team Arctic's Wes Selby


11/23/2015 11:59:00 AM

Team Arctic snocross Colorado test trip.

Team Arctic terrain racer and Arctic Cat engineer Wes Selby and six other snocrossers kick-started their 2015-16 season with a week of riding in the Grand Lake and Winter Park areas of Colorado. 

What did the group do and learn last week in Colorado? And is Selby really racing snocross again this year!?

Race on over to hear what Wes had to say.

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Tucker Hibbert Aims for 10th National Snocross Title Beginning this Week


11/23/2015 11:43:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert is the defending Pro champ, and a great high-fiver. Photo by John Hanson.

Four days from the start of the 2015-16 ISOC National Snocross series, held once again at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn.

Team Arctic/Monster Energy/Ram Truck's Tucker Hibbert will be there, aiming for victory and a 10th National Snocross title.

Invert your start then hit the throttle to read the press release, including his amazing stats from previous Duluth races.

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A Look Back at Arctic Cat in 1972


11/20/2015 8:08:00 AM

“Making snowmobiles ranks right up there with sex.”

Yep, that’s just one of the excellent quotes from this sweet 1972 short film about building Arctic Cat snowmobiles in Thief River Falls.

Special thanks to the amazing archival efforts at BossCatLegacy.

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Winter Blows into Thief River Falls and Arctic Cat


11/20/2015 7:16:00 AM

Snow on Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Nov. 19, 2015. Photo by Mandi Hibbert.

Snow on Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Nov. 19, 2015. Photo by Mandi Hibbert.

Winter announced itself at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, yesterday, blowing in with forceful winds that brought plunging temperatures and the greatest of all dessert toppings: SNOW!

The scene in TRF complements the images and reports of accumulating snow in the Rockies and Alaska that have dumped into my inbox and social media news feeds the past weeks to trigger excitement (and envy) in the Sandberg Command Center.

Seeing Arctic Cat covered in snow is ALMOST as good as it gets (the best snow is the stuff that dumps on my house and where I live).

Winter is coming to the rest of us. I can feel it.

(Special thanks to Mandi "Photographer to the Stars" Hibbert for taking and sending these shots.)

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Stadium Super Trucks Tonight on CBS Sports


11/18/2015 3:40:00 PM

Arctic Cat Wildcat at SST Series tonight on CBS.

Okay, most of us can't launch and pitch Arctic Cat Wildcat's in the Stadium Side-X-Side Series, but we CAN watch the intense action from Las Vegas on CBS Sports tonight at 9pm ET (with re-broadcasts at 2am and 5am ET tomorrow morning, as well as on Nov. 22).

Tune in, turn on and drop your jaw at the spectacle.

Oh, and check your local listings.

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Handling Upgrade: Convert your ProCross Skidframe to 2016 Specs


11/16/2015 3:31:00 PM

New dual-rate front track shock springs for Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Sometimes it’s the little things that produce big results.

Arctic Cat suspension engineers proved this old axiom with changes on the rear suspension of 2016 129- and 137-in. trail sleds that delivers improved cornering precision and suppler comfort over trail chop.

The upshot: it’s change(s) anyone can make on their previous model year ProCross sleds.

End the suspense by clicking for the shocking details.

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Happy Birthday C.J. (and thanks again for your amazing writing)!


11/12/2015 10:37:00 AM

C.J. Ramstad drawing as it appeared in Snowmobile Magazine circa 1983.

This coming Saturday, Nov. 14, would have been C.J. Ramstad's 70th birthday, had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.

C.J. was an outstanding writer because of his ability to capture the essence of whatever he was writing about.

This column from the Dec. 1983 issue of Snowmobile Magazine is a prime example, as he describes a snowmobile association gathering AND a snowmobiler's excitement this time of year in rich detail.

I'm leaving now with my son to go deer hunting for the weekend. I'll be thinking about life, good friends, snowmobiling and C.J.

Happy Birthday C.J.

(Click for his column.)

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Product Spotlight: Wildcat Hard Cab with Soft Doors Kit


11/11/2015 8:16:00 AM

Arctic Cat Hard Cab with Soft Doors Kit for Wildcats.

There's a lot to appreciate about a hard cab/soft door kit for Arctic Cat Wildcats and Prowlers:

Less noise; practically no dust swirl; increased warmth when you want it; and customizable airflow.

Jump over to see some details of this cabin cruiser.

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Product Spotlight: The Latest Cat Wrap Graphics for Sleds


11/11/2015 7:27:00 AM

2016 Cat Wrap graphics packages from Arctic Cat.Riders who want to set their sled apart from other Arctic Cat machines can opt for one of nine different Cat Wrap graphics packages for 2016.

They're cool, unique and built from the same quality vinyl as the OE graphics.

Make the jump to see some examples.

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Arctic Cat-AmSnow Ride More Sweepstakes


11/6/2015 2:10:00 PM

Arctic Cat and American Snowmobiler Sweepstakes

You would look GREAT riding a 2016 Arctic Cat ZR7000 Limited or M8000 153 Limited.

Arctic Cat and American Snowmobiler magazine agree, which is why they're offering a chance to win either machine (plus a $2,000 MotorFist gift card) in their Ride More Sweepstakes.

In fact, I just talked to AmSnow editor Mark Boncher, who promised me he will do everything in his power to pick you. And if he somehow makes a mistake, he promises to wash your truck.

I call that win-win.

So do yourself a favor: CLICK HERE to launch the AmSnow site, fill out the form, then kick back in the comfort of knowing you'll either be riding new iron this winter or driving around in a clean truck.

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TGIF: The Nov. 6, 2015 Edition


11/6/2015 1:53:00 PM

Harley-Davidson converted snowmobiles.

I'm thankful that someday, far in the future, motorcycles and snowmobiles will consummate their marriage and produce the perfect hybrid.

I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand anyway.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

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Cory Davis Does Alaska: First Ride of the Season


11/5/2015 1:33:00 PM

Okay, it must be "Make Sandberg Wish He Lived in the Mountains" day, because just an hour after getting the pix of Arctic Cat Mountain R&D guys on Two Top, along comes this video of Cory Davis ripping through some meadows in Summit Lake, Alaska.

Filmed just last week, this sweet little slice of winter heaven makes me want to hop on a plane and head for the hills.

Enjoy!

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