Antique Snowmobile Museum Articles of Interest

Below you will find many articles of interest about our museum, awards, friends, news, and sleds. Click on the More Info to view full story.

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Racing Roots   by Steve Pierce Racing Roots by Steve Pierce
Snowmobile racing has always been the heartbeat of the sport. “The first race was held the day the second one was built” is a familiar axiom. When and where the first race took place will remain a question for the ages. Perhaps a more fitting query is what constitutes a snowmobile. No doubt, there were many impromptu contests between motorized contraptions long before Virgil White applied the patented “snowmobile” name to his Ford Model T conversion in 1923. You can bet rural mail carriers utilizing these vehicles were charging down the street side-by-side and hard into the corners enroute to making their deliveries. One early documented race was near Three Lakes, Wisconsin, in 1926 between two converted Fords. Emmitt Tucker won a race between three auger-powered snow vehicles in the high Sierras of California around 1930. The race was captured on a promo film as Tucker tested ideas for what would eventually become the Sno Cat. The Trappers Festival at The Pas, Manitoba, was site for racing in the late 1950’s.
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Rebuilding of Arctic Cat - 1982 Rebuilding of Arctic Cat - 1982

Roll-O-Flex Race Machine Roll-O-Flex Race Machine

Shrine To A Legend - The Hetteen Cup  written by Steve Pierce Shrine To A Legend - The Hetteen Cup written by Steve Pierce
As the founder and manufacturer of both Polaris and Arctic Cat products, Edgar Hetteen’s resolve and determination enabled him to forge an industry from iron and an idea. The face of snowmobiling is that of Edgar Hetteen. As racing grew in popularity, major events across the United States and Canada issued awards to those who excelled. The Kawartha Cup was among the first in snowmobile racing, presented in Peterborough, Ontario in 1964. Both the Argosy Cup of Eagle River fame and the Kilkenny Cup of Lancaster, New Hampshire debuted in 1965. In 1966, the Adirondack Cup was awarded in Boonville, New York. It was fitting that a snowmobile racing trophy should bear the name of Edgar Hetteen. The cup portrayed the simple, rugged majesty of it legendary namesake. Standing nearly five feet tall and tilting the scales at a hefty fifty-six pounds, the brass plate affixed to the hardwood base proclaims: In Honor and Recognition Of the Father of Snowmobiling Edgar E. Hetteen Founder of Arctic Enterprises No mention of Polaris Industries appears on the Arctic sponsored trophy. Four wooden pillars rise to encase a bronze likeness of Edgar’s face, situated above a flaming torch of victory, exemplifying the burning desire to succeed. Four snowmobiles, two gold and two silver, guard the top corners, sentinels to the large loving cup in the center, stating Hetteen Cup in capital letters. Winner’s names are inscribed upon a brass plate on the riser.
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SnoJet Prototypes and the Phantom Jet  by Kemper Freeman SnoJet Prototypes and the Phantom Jet by Kemper Freeman

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