50 Years of Arctic Cat

7 Фев 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 50 Years of Arctic Cat отключены
Arctic Cat 454

The weekend of July 29-30th was all Arctic Cat’s past. Did you that in 1966 Arctic Cat about 200 snowmobiles for catalog J.C.Penney? Called the Foremost the had a white cowl with blue tunnel. Power from an 8-hp Kohler cylinder engine.

Penney’s to the sled as offering many new in “…a lightweight, low cost off highway

Pre-dating that historic Cat was a 1963 Model 100 prototype by Russ Sutton. A former of the antique snowmobile association, the Minn. collector takes pride in this one-off that was almost single-handedly by Arctic Cat legend Edgar

Having shown the sled to at a vintage sled rally in the 1990s, Sutton received a from the Cat founder. In it Hetteen that the sled had been around 1963 and said, “I did of the work myself. It could been all of it.”

What this sled impressively is, as Hetteen notes: “It was the first built machine with the forward in the general configuration today.”

But it also was the first drive sled and didn’t use a The 6-hp Kohler engine didn’t have the power to the system work well as Hetteen stated in his letter: became apparent that was not the way to go.”

Of course in later years, Deere would produce the drive Spitfire and Polaris manufacture a series of Cutlass with direct drive. But was right. It wouldn’t be the way to go as no direct sleds are produced anymore.

the displays showcased many the collections recalled Arctic pre-1981 past when the rode high as the Number 1 manufacturer of snowmobiles and attempted to into other recreational There were complete of Arctic Cat mini-bikes, the two-wheel of the 1970s.

There were some of products that exited the Cat product line almost as as they entered it. The Wankel-engined was one such collectible. There purple lawn tractors and Arctic-branded bicycles.

Not everything was old and While there were early sleds and the first Cat ATV, the 1996 Bearcat 454 there were displays of the products, including the hot rod 2012 with its torque-monster one-liter twin. This all-new, side-by-side power ride a crowd when Arctic Cat two them of out on the fairgrounds at 1PM.

Arctic Cat 454

Not available until next the 2012 Wildcat drew interest from the pro-Arctic Cat

Spread out over two-days the anniversary of all things Arctic Cat was as reunion as it was product showcase. were glimpses of Arctic Cat at every turn as you walked the displays. Veteran Arctic Cat Jim Dimmerman strolled nonchalantly the grounds, looking tanned, fit and to once again take an Cat Sno Pro sled through turn two at the River derby track.

Legendary cross-country ace Brian was available to sign autographs as modern Cat stars.

Engineers on included RD legend Roger who effectively was celebrating nearly a of his own at Arctic Cat, and who modeled his snowmobile suit during the Cat fashion show. There was the “Z”, Dennis Zuwlaksi, nickname “Z” became an Arctic Cat series.

The event was a gathering of Cat aficionados and the people who made and to make Arctic Cat a power in the business. While the products of interest, it was the mixing with the the tinkerers, the people who are Arctic Cat made the 50th Arctic Cat memorable. 50 years.

That’s an accomplishment!

Arctic Cat 454
Arctic Cat 454


Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Arctic Cat":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.