Antique Snowmobile Museum Articles of Interest

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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

Snow Scootering, Anyone? Snow Scootering, Anyone?

Snowmobile Pioneer Cut A Fast Trail for the Sport Snowmobile Pioneer Cut A Fast Trail for the Sport
Edgar Hetteen built the sport of snowmobiling from a grain-silo conveyor belt, an old Chevrolet bumper and other spare parts lying around his farm equipment shop. Mr. Hetteen, who died Feb 12, 2011 at age 90, was founder of Polaris Industries and Arctic Cat, two Minnesota companies that supply nearly all of the snowmobiles manufactured in the U.S. Despite pioneering snowmobile design and founding enduring companies with billions of dollars in total sales, Mr. Hetteen didn’t get rich off the snowmobile. “He’s considered by many people the father of the snowmobile,” said Loren Anderson, president of the St. Germain, WI based Snowmobile Hall of Fame. “But he had a temper and he walked away.” Mr. Hetteen grew up on a farm in Roseau, MN, dropped out of school after eighth grade, and became proprietor of a machine shop, Hetteen Hoist and Derrick. The company manufactured hay choppers, pole setters and other farm equipment. As a side project, some of his employees fooled around with motorized sleds. In 1954 they came up with a functioning model, made of spare parts and powered by a 10 hp engine. A skeptical Mr. Hetteen dubbed it “Screaming Lena”, but the machine soon sold and the shop began producing new ones.
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