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Q&A with Corey Friesen, Senior Graphics Stylist at Arctic Cat

10/30/2011 6:09:00 PM

Corey Friesen, Arctic CatAs Senior Graphics Stylist at Arctic Cat, Corey Friesen is the guy responsible for creating the colors and graphic details of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides.

Pretty sweet job!

Click to read an interview with him.





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Winter's First Wallop!

10/30/2011 8:52:00 AM

Snow storm wallops east coast, snowmobilers rejoice

The largest ever winter storm walloped the east coast this weekend, dropping 2 feet of snow in many areas.

While I’m saddened by the human (and hassle) toll this storm has brought, I’m also grinning from ear-to-ear.

Click to see a couple pix from the Daily Mail.


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Arctic Cat Fiscal 2012 2nd QTR Results

10/27/2011 6:11:00 AM

Arctic Cat 2012 2nd qtr fiscal resultsIt was a good quarter for the company:

Net sales up 17% to $204.8 million on higher sales for all product lines;
Earnings per diluted share up 19% to $1.15 versus $0.97 in prior-year qtr.;
Raising fiscal 2012 sales and earnings guidance to a range of $1.10 to $1.15 EPS, a 57% to 64% increase over fiscal 2011, on expected full-year sales growth of 14% to 17%

Click to read the full-financial release.

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ERX Learn-2-Ride Snocross Clinic (Nov. 12)

10/26/2011 11:11:00 AM

ERX Learn-2-Ride Snocross Clinic

ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn., is hosting a Learn-2-Ride Snocross Clinic on Sat., Nov. 12.

Click for more info.





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Lakes Arctic Cat Open House (Forest Lake, Minn.)

10/26/2011 10:59:00 AM

Lakes Arctic Cat dealership

Lakes Arctic Cat in Forest Lake, Minn., has an Open House this Sat., Oct. 29.

In addition to sweet deals, Team Arctic greats Jim Dimmerman and Aaron Scheele will be signing autographs and explaining how to stuff a 900 triple into a '78 El Tigre bulkhead.


Click for more info.

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8 Pix (and Spec's) of the 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro Race Sled

10/24/2011 7:51:00 PM

2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled


Click to see eight beautiful studio images of the 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 Race Sled, as well as full specifications of both the Snocross and Cross-Country versions.





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Reminded of the Arctic Cat Flying Tigers

10/24/2011 6:15:00 PM

Arctic Cat Flying Tigers Ad

Looking at a recent photo of Aaron Scheele's shop, I was reminded of one of the all-time great Arctic Cat ads: Flying Tigers.

Click to see why.







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1973 Arctic Cat Test Crew

10/24/2011 5:57:00 PM

Arctic Cat Test Crew circa 1973-74

Here's a photo of the Arctic Cat test crew from 1973-74 that surfaced this past summer.

Click for a mostly-complete list of names, and to add any more infomation if you have it.







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Yes, the Arctic Cat Wildcat Can Fly

10/19/2011 8:18:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000

Wondering wheather the new Arctic Cat Wildcat ROV can fly, and whether it lands on its feet?

Me too.

See if these pix I shot yesterday answer the questions.





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Ische's 1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro

10/18/2011 8:18:00 AM

1974 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 from the Ische Family collection

After yesterday's post showing some of the Ische family's Arctic Cat memorabilia, I realized that I didn't show any pix of Tom, Nancy or Brianna.

So here are some photos of them with their mind-boggling 1974 Sno Pro race sled.

(These images were taken for the "50 Years of the Cat" book.)

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Lots More Arctic Cat Memorabilia (Ische Collection)

10/17/2011 6:36:00 PM

Ische family collection of Arctic Cat memorabilia

After thinking I was pretty cool with my new (old) Arctic Cat lighters and ZR 440 toy, I went through some photos of the Ische family's collection taken to produce the "50 Years of the Cat" book.

What I have is few odds and ends. What the Isches have is a collection.

So click to check out just some of their cool Arctic Cat memorabilia.


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Scored!: Sweet Arctic Cat Memorabilia

10/16/2011 11:52:00 AM

Brian Sturgeon model Arctic Cat ZR 440

I don't mean to gloat (and it's not like these things are outrageously-rare) but I just got a couple of items I've wanted for a LONG time.

Now... should I play with fire or with a toy snowmobile?




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Test-Drive an Arctic Cat Wildcat

10/14/2011 5:56:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i H.O.

This could be you test-driving an Arctic Cat Wildcat, beginning as soon as tomorrow.

Click to check out the Demo Tour schedule.





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When Seeing Snowmobiles Was Like Winning the Lottery

10/11/2011 6:42:00 PM

 Archie Comics Snowmobile

Sometimes I forget that there was a time, not too many years ago, when the only viewable information we could get about snowmobiles was either magazines, books and promotional material.

Even Archie Comics were cool if there a snowmobile was involved.

And those few times I stumbled upon snowmobiling on television was like winning the lottery.

Click to read my ramble.





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Mid-School Trivia Contest

10/11/2011 1:38:00 PM

ArcticInsider Mid-School Trivia Contest for Arctic Cat fans

The first person who answers all of the mid-school, diabolical questions correctly, wins an infamous ArcticInsider Gift Pack.

Good luck, and cheat if you want.





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2012 Supplemental Arctic Cat P,G&A Catalog

10/10/2011 9:15:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat supplemental P,G&A Catalog

Every year Arctic Cat produces a parts/accessories/Arcticwear catalog with its new and popular items. The thing is, that catalog is only some of the stuff they actually have available.

They also create supplemental catalog that includes many new items (not in the color catalog), as well as lots of other good parts/accessories, but most of us never see it.

CLICK HERE to download a 10MB pdf of the catalog.





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New Arctic Cat Products for October '11

10/7/2011 1:00:00 PM

2012 Team Arctic Graphics Kit from Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat released info on a new batch of products:

-Graphics Kits

-50th Anniversary Oil Drum

-38-in. Wide A-arm kit


Click to check 'em out.

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Revisited: Minnesota-to-Moscow Snowmobile Expedition

10/7/2011 12:30:00 PM

Arctic Cat-sponsored Minnesota-to-Moscow Expedition

HERE'S a cool story that revisits the famous 1990 Minnesota-to-Moscow snowmobile expedition.

I feel fortunate to know Scott Eilertson and Lee Busse quite well. I also have a funny story I'll share about Grigori Shulik... sometime.




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Waconia Open House

10/6/2011 6:36:00 AM

Waconia Arctic Cat dealership

Waconia Powersports, the Arctic Cat snowmobile and ATV dealer on the western edge of the Twin Cities, is hosting its Open House this Saturday, Oct. 8.

If you're nearby, come for the hotdogs and deals, then stay for the bonfire and 50 Years of Arctic Cat movie.




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Boondocker Turbo for the 2012 Arctic Cat M800

10/5/2011 12:28:00 PM

Boondocker Turbo Kit for Arctic Cat M800

Boondocker has two turbo kit options for the new Arctic Cat M800: one that's intercooled, and one that isn't.

Check out these beauty pix of the intercooled kit.




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