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Q&A with Glenn Hall, Team Arctic Drag Racer


5/24/2013 12:32:00 PM

Team Arctic drag racer Glenn Hall, photo by ArcticInsider.com

For the past decade Team Arctic drag racer Glenn Hall has been on top of the sport where wins are measured by hundreths of a second, yet the time to get there takes hundreds of hours.

And then it can all be over... instantly.

Click to read an interview with Hall, who almost lost it all last year at the Hay Days grass drags.

 

 

 

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Top-7 Reasons to Attend the Classic Sled Roundup


5/23/2013 9:34:00 AM

SHOF Classic Sled Roundup

Looking to get your fix of snowmobiles, racing, swapping and history this Labor  Christmas President’s MEMORIAL Day weekend?

Here are the top-7 reasons to attend the Classic Sled Roundup in St. Germain, Wis., this Sunday, May 26.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Seeing Hidden Treasure


5/21/2013 8:09:00 AM

Arctic Cat el tigre Z440, photo by ArcticInsider.com

Whether it’s a jaunt to the grocery store for milk or a five-hour cruise to some faraway destination, each and every drive is a visual treasure hunt.

Read on… I think you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

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Snowmobile Status Symbols


5/16/2013 12:58:00 PM

FOX SHOX for snowmobiles: A status symbol

Over the years, a number of snowmobile components have held sort of a status or coolness factor, at least for me.

FOX SHOX have been on the list.

Click to read about some others.

 

 

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Arctic Cat Inc. Reports Fiscal 2013 Results


5/15/2013 6:58:00 AM

Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, MN, photo by ArcticInsider.com

Today Arctic Cat reported its fiscal 2013 results. Bottom line: steady improvement in its finances and earnings.

Specifically, a 15% increase in sales; operating profit of $60.7 Million; ending fiscal '13 with $112.8 Million in cash/short-term investments.

Click to read the full release.

 

 

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FOX SHOX Museum: Four Decades of Suspension Goodness


5/14/2013 8:23:00 AM

FOX SHOX Museum and 40-year history

Last month, FOX SHOX threw-down with a grand opening of a brand-new museum commemorating their first 40 years of shock history.

Held at the company's HQ in Scotts Valley, Calif., the event was a chance to look back over the fascinating history of a motorsports icon.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

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Glen Hall is Back (and Hitting 149-mph to Prove it)!


5/9/2013 1:48:00 PM

Team Arctic drag/speed run legend Glen Hall is back, doing what he does best following a pretty horrendous crash at last year's Haydays Grass Drags.

Here in Martin, Mich., during Hall's first time on the track on May 4, 2013, he nails a 6.745-second/149-mph run on his mod Arctic Cat Turbo in 1000-feet.

Yep, Glen's back!

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Available!: Speedwerx Supercharger Kit for Arctic Cat Wildcat


5/8/2013 4:08:00 PM

Speedwerx Supercharger kit for Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i HO

Speedwerx, the purveyors of extra horsepower for all things Arctic Cat, just announced the availability of their Supercharger kit for the Wildcat 1000i H.O. ROV side-by-side.

Crucial numbers: 130-140 hp... 90-plus mph... and $6,500 U.S.

Click for more pix and info.

 

 

 

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2012-13: Season of Championships for Team Arctic Snowmobile Racers


5/7/2013 7:14:00 AM

Team Arctic race poster

Congratulations go out to all the Team Arctic racers, crew and family who participated in the great sport of snowmobile competition during the 2012-2013 season.

And another high-five to those whose dedication and consistency resulted in a High Point Championship title!

Click to read the Team Arctic press release.

 

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Getting Revved Up for Prom in Minnesota


5/6/2013 6:54:00 AM

May 2 snowstorm brightens prom prospects in SE Minnesota

The winter of 2013 continued its snowy march towards summer, dumping more than 14-in. of snow in Southeastern Minnesota last week.

The snow added a new element to the traditional prom festivities for the Alden-Conger High School. Making the most of it were Jordan Bute (L) and Parker Hemmingsen.

Click to see a few more pix.

 

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The Gripper... A New Breed of Arctic Cat Track for 1975


5/3/2013 8:04:00 AM

I'm not sure what I love more... the fact that Arctic Cat highlighted its TRACK for a 1975 television commercial, or the cozy, hardware-store-meets-book-store setting they created for it.

Either way, I hope you also enjoy this step back in time.

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Just Unlucky or a Reason to Wear Protective Gear


5/1/2013 7:07:00 AM

WARNING: What happens in this video is ugly. Probably a 6 or 7 (out of 10) on the Ugly Meter (but for sure an 11 on the Pain Meter for this poor guy).

This video was emailed to me by my friend Rich Jensen, although I'm not sure I should be thanking him. Rich's subject line on his email was, "Good reason for a protective riding vest."

I watched the video and yes, a protective vest would have saved a lot of skin. Literally. I wear a vest probably 95% of the times I ride, so Rich will get no argument from me.

However, I will say that I doubt anyone could have predicted what happens to this sledder. It's a complete fluke, probably a 1-in-a-Million. I suppose that's the point of wearing protective gear: insurance protection in case you strike the Unlucky Lottery.

My question to anyone who cares to answer: Do you ride with protective gear (vest, shin pads, neck brace)?

Why or why not?

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Listen (and Watch) Ken Kranz's 1971 Arctic Cat King Kat 800


4/29/2013 8:37:00 AM

I've become a huge fan of the sound that an Arctic Cat King Kat 800 4-cylinder makes. In-person is the ideal experience, but with only 124 of these produced for 1971 (and the reluctance of many current owners), it's a rare treat.

So enjoy the next best thing by listening (and watching) Ken Kranz fire up his for 34 glorious seconds.

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FOX Championships from Across the Snowbelt


4/26/2013 8:10:00 AM

Team Monster/Arctic Cat 2013 Pro Champ Tucker Hibbert.

FOX SHOX athletes had another remarkable 2013 snowmobile race season, racking up championships in snocross, cross-country and hillclimb.

Click to read the press release and see some pix.

 

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April 22: (Maybe) Our Last Ride of the 2013 Season


4/24/2013 4:31:00 PM

April 22 2013 snowmobile ride on the Minnesota North Shore

On Monday, April 22, six of us enjoyed an awesome 125-mile snowmobile ride on Minnesota's North Shore (of Lake Superior).

It was the latest that any of us could remember riding in Minnesota (in nearly ideal conditions).

Click to read the story.

 

 

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Q&A with Ross Spoonland: The 10,294-Miles (in a season) Man


4/21/2013 9:48:00 PM

Ross Spoonland rode 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat CrossTour

Ross Spoonland has my admiration, respect and envy. And for good reason.

In the span of four months he notched 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat XF1100 CrossTour!

Yes… that’s TEN THOUSAND!

Click to read about his amazing season.

 

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April Ditch Riding in Northern Minnesota


4/19/2013 2:17:00 PM

Mike Swinehart rides well into April

Northern Minnesota got hammered with another storm last night, with upwards of 24 inches falling along the North Shore.

This shot was sent to me today from Mike Swinehart, who took it while riding in the Emily, Minn., area.

Click to see another shot from Mike.

 

 

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The Art of Displaying Decals


4/19/2013 9:36:00 AM

Decal art on my shop fridge.

Decals are like fine art. They need to be displayed somewhere for you to enjoy them.

For many of us, that display surface is a refrigerator or tool box.

Click to read.

 

 

 

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Part 2: Team Arctic’s Mike Kloety Talks About the 2012-13 Race Season


4/17/2013 6:58:00 AM

Team Arctic's Mike Kloety (R) and Dan Ebert. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

With another season of snowmobile racing in the rearview, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety (R) was gracious enough to answer questions about the team.

In this second of the two-part interview he talks about the Sno Pro 600 race sled, the health of the sport and Arctic legend Roger Skime.

Click to make the jump.

 

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Get High & Buy a Couple CLEAN Arctic Cats


4/15/2013 9:22:00 PM

I'm not sure what I want more: to own these two perfect 1988 Arctic Cat AFS beauties or to see how many bowls of hooch the guy smoked before recording this sales video? Tough call.

Definitely worth a watch just for the narration.

Thanks to Randy for the tip!

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