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120 Mod Class Savior: Briggs & Stratton 206 Engine Install


10/10/2013 2:20:00 PM

The Briggs & Stratton 206 spec-engine racing program for 120-class sleds proved highly successful last season, with circuits and racers embracing the low-cost, easy-to-use "performance" engine.

To illustrate the simplicity of installing a Briggs 206 engine in an Arctic Cat 120, the company produced this 10-minute video. If you're a parent of a 120-class racer (or a soon-to-be-one), it's definitely worth watching.

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Vintage Radio: The 1980 Arctic Cat Pantera & Trail Cat


10/8/2013 4:17:00 PM

1980 Arctic Cat Pantera brochure page

"All the bells and whistles that man has yet devised to fit a snowmobile, converge in appropriate reality in this machine."

Yes, that's just one of the juicy bits you'll hear when you click on the media player below and listen to the 1-min. radio ad for the 1980 Arctic Cat Pantera and Trail Cat.

Click the link to see a couple more images.

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Wide Open Into Winter: The Country Cat Open House


10/6/2013 9:47:00 AM

Country Cat Open House

This weekend I joined about 500-700 enthusiasts at the Country Cat Open House in Sauk Centre, Minn., to usher in the season.

Man, do I love an Open House, especially one that includes all the right ingredients: conversation, deals, movies, pork sandwiches, kids and plenty of seat time.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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TGIF: The Oct. 4, 2013 Edition


10/4/2013 11:48:00 AM

TGIF: Snowmobiles and golf DO mix!

I'm thankful for getting a tee time tomorrow afternoon.

I'm thankful that, no matter how much I stink at playing golf, I'm going to kick the crap out of everyone else when it comes to getting around the course.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, October 4, 2013.

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Tell Us a Story: Brian Espeseth and the 1982 Arctic Cat Prototypes


10/2/2013 1:07:00 PM

Arctic Cat's Brian Espeseth and the sale of 1982 prototypes

Brian Espeseth retired earlier this year from a long, illustrious career at Arctic Cat dating back to 1975. Espo is truly one of the all-time greats, a real legend.

Awhile back I interviewed him. And like typical conversations with Espo, he started talking and telling stories while completely ignoring what had been my general outline.

So instead of running a typical interview, I'll post a few of his stories, including this one about how he sold 13 of the prototype 1982 Arctic Cats.

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Kincaid & McClure: Dynamic Duo's First Ride


10/1/2013 8:06:00 AM

Team Arctic's Rob Kincaid and David McClure got their first snowmobile ride of the 2013-2014 season in September.

SEPTEMBER!

Enjoy this sweet video of their adventure.

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Arctic Cat & Yamaha Celebrate Snowmobile Production


9/30/2013 2:11:00 PM

Arctic Cat & Yamaha celebrate snowmobile production in TRF

The first Yamaha SR Vipers have been assembled at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Minn.

Today Arctic Cat sent a press release detailing the celebration.

Click to read.

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TGIF: The Sept. 27, 2013 Edition


9/27/2013 10:02:00 AM

Shriners Snowmobile Corps on Massey-Ferguson Ski Whiz

I'm thankful for the Shriners, whose grace and life-giving mission have made the world a better place.

Gee whiz, I'm thankful for Ski Whiz.

And I'm thankful its Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

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Garth Kaufman Joins Tucker Hibbert Team Monster Energy-Arctic Cat


9/26/2013 4:56:00 PM

Garth Kaufman will be a mechanic for Tucker's Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team

Racer, freestyler, hill climber, back country rider and now... mechanic on the Tucker Hibbert's Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team!

Garth Kaufman has had a cool career path.

Click to read the press release.

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My Story: Dale Lindbeck's Thrill & Agony at the Last Watercross of 2013


9/25/2013 9:51:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat's Dale Lindbeck, aka "29er"

Even when you're the four-time World Champ, snowmobile racing can deal some serious blows to your sled, ego and pocket book.

Grab a box of tissue as Dale Lindbeck takes us through the thrills and agony of the last watercross race of the 2013 season, held in Brainerd, Minn., Sept. 14-15.

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Dylan Roes Wins Stock 800 at 2013 Ohio Snow Bash


9/23/2013 10:28:00 AM

Dylan Roes, D&D Racing and Arctic Cat continued their stranglehold on the Stock 800 class in grass drag racing, winning yet again at the 2013 Ohio Snow Bash.

Watch this rocket take off!

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TGIF: The Sept. 20, 2013 Edition


9/20/2013 9:01:00 AM

TGIF: Sept. 20, 2013 the Arctic Cat Bunny

I'm thankful for the vast array of snowmobile outerwear items available today.

I'm thankful for mountains, cats and bunnies.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

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Season Wrap: Alex Fortune Recounts His Season of Wildcat Racing


9/19/2013 11:52:00 AM

Alex Fortune and his Arctic Cat Wildcat X

Team Arctic's Alex Fortune checks in with his account of racing a Wildcat X in the final UTV BeaterCross event at ERX Motorsports in Elk River, Minn.

Click for the details, pix and video.

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The Hidden Beauty of a Barn Find


9/17/2013 8:13:00 AM

Arctic Cat Panther barn find

Not a month goes by without someone telling me they know of some old snowmobiles sitting in a barn somewhere.

There's always more to these trips than what first meets the eye.

Click to read more.

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ZOOM! D&D/Team Arctic Scorch 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags


9/13/2013 10:37:00 AM

See how D&D Racing and Arctic Cat launched to multiple wins at the 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags.

ZOOM!

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TGIF: The Sept. 13, 2013 Edition


9/13/2013 6:28:00 AM

TGIF: The Harley-Davidson-at-Hay-Days Edition

I'm thankful that, back in 1923, the Sno Baron's experimented hosting a snowmobile event that included drag racing.

I'm thankful that both Harley and Davidson competed in the Outlaw class.

I'm thankful they tweaked the event by moving it from March to September.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

(Also thankful that Minnesota Rob captured the moment with his first-gen Kodak Brownie camera.)

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Team Arctic Drag Racers Motor to 18 Wins at 2013 Hay Days


9/12/2013 12:43:00 PM

Dylan Roes won the Stock 800 class at the 2013 Hay Days Grass Drags

Team Arctic's grass drag team delivered and awesome performance at the Sno Baron's Hay Days event, winning 18 finals (including a sweep of the Stock 800 and Stock 1000 finals).

Click to read the press release.

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Hay Days 2013: Always Worth Seeing


9/11/2013 9:50:00 AM

Bird's Eye of Hay Days 2013, photo by Chad Colby

When it comes to sights, smells and entertainment, the Sno Baron's Hay Days always delivers.

Click to get a taste of snowmobiling's version of the State Fair.

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2014 Arctic Cat XC & SX Sno Pro 600 Race Sled Info


9/9/2013 8:33:00 AM

2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 R Sno Pro Race Sled

In addition to releasing the consumer 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro sleds at Hay Days, Arctic Cat also had on display the XC racing version of the ZR6000 R Sno Pro.

Yes, the race sled (I know, the naming makes it a bit confusing).

Click to see the specifications and updates to both the SX and XC 2014 race sleds.

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Unveiled at Hay Days: 2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro and ZR 6000 RR


9/8/2013 9:23:00 AM

2014 Arctic Cat M6000 Sno Pro by ArcticInsider

The big news from Arctic Cat at Hay Days is the just-announced 2014 ZR 6000 RR and M6000 Sno Pro.

Both sleds feature the new C-TEC2 599cc Arctic Cat engine with Dual-Stage Induction.

Click to read the specifics of these two machines.

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