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Grafton 100 USCC Cross-Country Race Report


2/14/2012 3:08:00 PM

DJ Ekre at Grafton XC

I made the trek to Grafton, ND, this past weekend to watch the first full-on, midwestern cross-country race of the 2012 season.

There was river, ditch and...dirt. Pretty brutal conditions.

Team Arctic won 13 classes and D.J. Ekre swept the pro classes.

Click to read my report.

 

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Boondocker's 800 ProClimb Turbo Debuts New Technology


2/13/2012 9:26:00 AM

When Boondocker engineered their turbo for the new-for-2012 Arctic Cat ProClimb chassis, they leveraged the opportunity to improve the design...stuff you'll probably see on most of their future turbo systems. Watch the vid.

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How To Remove the Hood on 2012 Arctic Cat Turbo Snowmobiles


2/10/2012 10:14:00 PM

Removing the hood on a 2012 Arctic Cat Turbo (in the ProCross & ProClimb chassis) is a whole bunch easier if you follow the steps outlined in this short video.

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Q&A with Greg Harris, Service Guru at Arctic Cat


2/10/2012 9:03:00 AM

Greg Harris, Service Instructor at Arctic Cat, photo by Duane Rux

If your Arctic Cat snowmobile or ATV has ever needed service work by a dealer, chances are the procedures they used were developed by this guy, Greg Harris.

He was gracious enough to answer some questions about his job and his 31 years at Arctic Cat.

Click to read the interview.

 

(Special thanks to Arctic Cat's Duane Rux for providing most of the photos!)

 

 

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Win an Arctic Cat Sno Pro 120 from Christian Bros. Racing


2/9/2012 9:16:00 AM

Christian Bros. Racing giveaway of Arctic Cat 120

Christian Bros. Racing is giving away seven Arctic Cat Sno Pro 120 sleds this racing season.

Five more are up for grabs. Will your kids be in the running?

Click for more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Arctic Puts 3 Teams in Top-5 at the 2012 Soo 500 Enduro


2/7/2012 9:46:00 AM

CBR/Arctic Cat team of Ryan Simons and D.J. Ekre finish 2nd

Team Arctic Cat racers/teams scored three of the top-5 positions at the 2012 Soo International 500 enduro in Sault. Ste. Marie, Mich.

Click to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

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A Tribute to Edgar Hetteen


2/7/2012 8:04:00 AM

Edgar Hetteen Tribute Plaque

Carved from granite and depicting a classic image of the "Grandfather of Snowmobiling" this plaque is a tribute to Edgar Hetteen from Gary Koska and others.

Click to read Gary's story of why he wanted to honor Edgar.

 

 

 

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Arctic Cats at the Soo 500 Enduro


2/2/2012 1:46:00 PM

Arctic Cat race sleds at the 2012 Soo 500 enduro

Check out these pix of the Arctic Cat race sleds that will be gunning for victory at the 44th Annual Soo 500 enduro.

Special thanks to announcer/pr dude/racer Chad Colby for sending the images!

 

 

 

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Brian & Paul Dick's Iron Dog Sled Prep


2/2/2012 7:08:00 AM

Brian & Paul Dick's 2012 Arctic Cat Iron Dog race sleds

Just after winning the first USCC cross-country of the season, but before he jetted off to contest the Soo 500 enduro, Brian Dick (L) and his dad, Paul, prepped and shipped two race sleds for the upcoming Alaska Iron Dog race.

Here are some pix of their specially-built race sleds.

All photos courtesy of Joe Lesmiester (thanks Joe!)

 

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Great Times at the 1st Annual St. Hilaire Vintage Snowmobile Show


2/1/2012 8:12:00 PM

St. Hilaire, Minn., Vintage Snowmobile Show

The 1st Annual Vintage Snowmobile in St. Hilaire, Minn., attracted 60 entries, a couple hundred people and some really sweet sleds.

It also attracted the Hamm's Bear.

Click to see a few pix.

 

 

 

 

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Animated Engines: The Visual Guide


2/1/2012 7:37:00 PM

Animated engines

For those of you who are completely clear about the basic principles of 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, perhaps it's time to bone-up on the Gnome Rotary, Newcomen Atmospheric and even a little jet propulsion.

Click to see this cool interactive animated engine chart.

 

 

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10 Days with the Christian Bros. Racing Team


2/1/2012 2:19:00 PM

Dwight Christian puts on the race gear once again

World Championships... Sweden... Aspen... Detroit Lakes...

It was a whirlwind 10 days for the Christain Bros. Racing team.

Click to read the highlights.

 

 

 

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Arctic Cat - Monster Energy - SPY - Tucker Hibbert Giveaway


2/1/2012 8:16:00 AM

Monster Energy - Arctic Cat - SPY - Tucker Hibbert Giveaway

What's better than a 2000-mg cocktail of Taurine/Ginsing/Caffeine delivered straight to the heart?

How about a free Tucker Hibbert Replica Monster Energy Arctic Cat!?! Or a Hibbert-signature Spy Whip Goggle?

Click to read about this sweet giveaway promo.

 

 

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Waconia Vintage Ride-In 2012


1/31/2012 2:42:00 PM

Waconia Vintage 2012 photo by arcticinsider.com

I took my annual trip-back-in-time this past weekend.

Yep, Waconia.

Click to see some pix.

 

 

 

 

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Team Arctic Wins 13 More at Detroit Lakes USCC Cross-Country


1/31/2012 10:40:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat's D.J. Ekre won Pro Open at Detroit Lakes, photo by sledRacer.com

Last weekend the second race of the USCC cross-country season went down in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Team Arctic racers notched 13 of 17 class wins.

Nice!

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.

 

 

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P.J. Wanderscheid's Drive for Five


1/26/2012 10:02:00 PM

Check out this excellent video of Team Arctic oval star P.J. Wanderscheid in his Drive For Five at the Eagle River World's Championship.

Amazing footage and great insight into P.J. and the Wandersheid team. Produced by FlyingAFilms.

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More Arctic Cat Demo Rides of 2012 Snowmobiles


1/26/2012 3:06:00 PM

Arctic Cat Demo Rides on 2012 snowmobiles

More Demo Rides of 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles are popping up.

Click for the latest schedule and locations.

 

 

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Arctic Cat Fiscal 2012 3rd QTR Results


1/26/2012 7:08:00 AM

Arctic Cat fiscal results

It was another strong quarter for Arctic Cat. Among the highlights:

*Net sales grew 36%, driven by increased snowmobile sales and international ATV sales

*Net sales grew 36 percent

*Third-quarter operating profit rose 114% to $26.2 million from $12.2 million;

*Raised fiscal 2012 sales and earnings guidance 129% to 143% increase over fiscal 2011, on expected full-year sales growth of 22% to 24%

 

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The Sights, Sounds & Smells of Eagle River 2012


1/24/2012 10:37:00 AM

Start of the 2012 Eagle River World's Championships

After a 14-year absence from the Eagle River World Championships, I revisited this iconic event with the goal of learning something new.

Click to see if I made any progress.

 

 

 

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Build-Your-Own Custom Rear Engine Arctic Cat? Yep.


1/23/2012 1:39:00 PM

Want your very own rear-engine Arctic Cat snowmobile, but without having to buy or restore one?

Consider the Paul Shearer (and sons) method: Custom-build your own. This awesome video highlights the transformation.

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