Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1968 Sno-Bunny 1968 Sno-Bunny
The Jac-Trac Company of Marshfield, Wisconsin manufactured the Sno-Bunny for distribution by the J. C. Penney Company starting in 1968. Jac Trac continued to manufacture snowmobiles under both the Sno-Bunny and Jac Trac names through the 1974 model year. Both CCW and Kohler motors were utilized. The Sno-Bunny was advertised as one of the lightest, quickest machines on the market. J. C. Penney sold snowmobiles made by four different companies over the years. They were: Formost Arctic Enterprises 1966 Jac Trac Jac Trac Manufacturing 1968-1974 Manhandler Les Industries Dauphin 1970-1971 Snow Tamer Somovex, Inc-Quebec 1970-1971 Engadine, MI

1968 Tradewinds Tiger 1968 Tradewinds Tiger

1969 Galaxy    Model 6239 1969 Galaxy Model 6239
The Frederic-Willys Corp. of Farmington, MN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanley Home Products which produced table tennis and pool tables, started producing the Sno Dart snowmobile in 1967. In late 1968 they introduced the Galaxy for 1969 only. Four models of the all “Pink” Galaxy’s were offered in hp ranging from 8 to 23 hp with Kohler and JLO motors. In late 1969 the company was sold to Kaiser Industries of Sioux Falls, SD who went on to manufacture the Sierra Timberline snowmobile, but that’s another story. Galaxy 6239 – Kohler motor – 399cc

1969 Mercury 200 Prototype 1969 Mercury 200 Prototype
This is a 1969 Mercury model 200 that was fitted with a 599cc 3-cylinder Mercury engine for racing in the non-production USSA classes. This is a 1 of 1 prototype. This style hood was later used for part of the ’71 model year. At Rhinelander, WI, Gary Gilbertson won the Hodag 50, a 68 mile cross country race in the non-production class on this 200 Mercury. At Kaukauna, WI, Gilbertson competed in the non-production class II and took first place with a speed of 68.8 over the quarter-mile strip. The motor in the machine is one of the three original engines built for racing and product development.

1969 Skee Whee  SW 711 1969 Skee Whee SW 711
The Skee Whee was manufactured in Evanston, IL by F/S Industries. F/S stood for Freedman Seating Company. Literature illustrates that a wheel kit could be used to convert the Skee Whee for summer usage.

1969 Ski Doo "Puffer" 1969 Ski Doo "Puffer"
This Ski Doo, nicknamed the "Puffer" and given the Lucky #13, was the winner of the inaugural Soo I-500 race, held in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. It was a race that should have never been, but it happened on February 8, 1969. Forty seven snowmobiles and several brave drivers made history proving a snowmobile could run 500 miles in one day. The first race took 13 hours and 42 minutes with no gradings or red flags. The average speed was 36 mph. The three drivers of the Puffer were Otis and Leonard Cowles and Dan Planck. The sled owner was Victor Dicks. They donated the sled to the Soo I-500.

1969 Ski Kat 1969 Ski Kat
The Ski Kat was made in Detroit by Sport King, Inc. and was assembled in Rogers City, MI from 1967 – 1969. This 1969 machine has electric start and a single cylinder, 297 JLO motor. They also made some red and white machines. You could purchase a wheel kit to use this machine all year round. This model sold for $895.

1969 Ski-Bee    Scout 185 1969 Ski-Bee Scout 185
Brothers George and Allister Ingham (Ingham Industries) were active for many years in the development of various snow vehicles in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1965 and 1966 they constructed and tested several new prototypes that were lighter, faster, and easier to turn. By 1967, the new Ski Bees were put into production. They were produced for the 1968 through 1970 model years. There were three basic designs. The “Scout” was a one or two person machine with either a 13 or 18hp engine. The “Stinger” was lighter in weight due to aluminum-alloy construction and offered larger engines and was the high performance model of the line. The “Commander” was longer and wider with a 20 in. track and was intended to be the family type machine. Several hundred were sold through dealers in Saskatchewan and a distributor in Alberta, Canada. Ingham Industries was sold in 1970 and snowmobiles were discontinued.

1969 Sno Ghia 1969 Sno Ghia
The Sno Ghia snowmobile was manufactured from 1967 through 1970 in Turin (Torino), Italy by Iso Rivolta for Ghia Spa, a subsidiary of DeTomaso. The Sno Ghia was touted as the “low-profile” snowmobile offering the advantages of better vision and a low center of gravity for better tracking. They were distributed in the USA by Ghia-US, Oceanport, New Jersey, and in Canada by Moleba Autoneige, Ltd. for the 1969 model year only. They were powered by a 297cc Sachs engine. Note the original Rose colored windshield.

1969 Thunderbolt 1969 Thunderbolt
This is one of two Thunderbolts ever built and the only one currently assembled with a motor and is operable. The second machine is in North Dakota. Henry Leseman of Ada, MN did specialized work for Arctic Cat and made parts for many other snowmobile manufacturers. He was encouraged to build his own snowmobile and he did so using the best features of Arctic Cat and Viking along with some ideas of his own. This was the start of Thor Industries and the Thunderbolt snowmobile. Two prototypes were built and tested in the summer of 1969. One Thunderbolt was sent to an East coast distributor to be shown at a show in Montreal, with the intention of encouraging dealers to sell this machine. At the same time, the company that was committed to the funding backed out since the industry was beginning to struggle. This particular machine was given to the distributor by Henry. Henry Leseman sold his business and began a company in Venezuela in 1972. Henry sold one of the Thunderbolt’s before he left for Venezuela to a man from North Dakota. In 1982, Mr. Ernol (Bud) Knapp of Cedar Springs, MI was doing research on the Thunderbolt and met with Henry, who lives in Arkansas. Bud was later able to purchase this Thunderbolt in Dover, New Hampshire.

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