Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1967 Tradewinds Tiger 1967 Tradewinds Tiger
This machine was made in Manawa, WI by the TradeWinds Co, Inc. which was a subsidiary of OMC Corporation. It is equipped with an air-cooled 2 cycle, 246 cc, 11.5 hp, Hirth motor. It also has a 15.5 inch rubber track. The Tiger was built for hard use. It was advertised as “dependable in the cold weather and noted for economy and efficiency. It was made for family fun, cross-country trail blazing, and competition with unexcelled pulling power and mountain climbing ability”.

1968 Herter's 1968 Herter's
1968 Herter’s 295 JLO 20 hp In 1966, Herter’s Inc. of Waseca, MN introduced the first of their snowmobiles called the Hudson Bay Husky Snow Sleds with 3 models. Herter’s, founded in 1893, was a direct-buy mail order firm specializing in sports and outdoor equipment. For 50 cents, you could order their 600 page catalog. Their ad stated “Guaranteed no snowmobile made of more expensive materials, better workmanship, more durable or faster.” By 1969 they offered 6 models as well as a sled cutter and the trailer to pull your snow sled. In 1970,14 models were offered and from 1971 through 1974 anywhere from 7 to 9 models were offered. Over these years JLO, Sachs, and Kohler engines were used. Herter’s eliminated their snow sleds after the 1974 model year due to snow conditions and the state of the economy. This sled was owned and donated to the museum by Jim Tuttle, who recently passed away.

1968 Larson  Eagle 1968 Larson Eagle
Larson Industries, Inc. of Little Falls, MN sold snowmobiles from 1966 through 1969. The original 1966’s were manufactured by Polaris Industries for Larson. JLO engines were used in all models with the exception of one model in 1967 where the Falcon utilized a Daihatsu engine.

1968 Sno Squire 1968 Sno Squire
Manufactured by OMC, Corp. for Agway Stores in Manawa, WI at the Tradewinds Plant in 1968 and ’69. The same chassis was used by OMC to make the ’69-’71 Sears 309, the ’69 Evinrude Bobcat and the ’69 Johnson Challenger. Features include an all steel chassis, fiberglass hood, easy to start 297cc 17hp, JLO, 2cycle air-cooled engine. It also has a Goodyear endless rubber & nylon track, a removable 4 gal. steel gas tank, and it can reach 45 mph. Options included a Squire sleigh, canvas cover and 12 volt electric starter. They were sold directly out of the factory and at Agway stores. “The ultra lightweight construction permits you to travel over hill & dale to your heart’s delight.”

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.

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