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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The First Snocrosser The First Snocrosser

Tribute to "Twin Track Legend" Robert A. Bracey Tribute to "Twin Track Legend" Robert A. Bracey
Tribute To A “Twin Track Legend” Robert A. Bracey By Steve Landon – The Winning Edge Magazine © Reproduction of all or any portion of this story is strictly prohibited without expressed written consent. The word legend is perhaps one of the most over used words in today’s world. Everywhere you look someone in sports or industry is being called a legend even when the title is not deserved. On March 26, 2003 the world of motor sports lost a True Legend with the passing of Bob Bracey. Best known in the snowmobile community for his twin track designs, Bob’s talents reached far beyond snowmobiling. During his lifetime Mr. Bracey worked with his associates to develop race cars, boats, the MERA sports car, Transvan motorhome, TenderJet watercraft, a home water distiller, wind generator a corvette trailer, a mini champ race car powered by a snowmobile engine as well as countless other cutting edge products. If you could dream it Mr. Bracey could design and produce it.
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Twin Trackers Gain Popularity in Early 1900's  by Steve Pierce Twin Trackers Gain Popularity in Early 1900's by Steve Pierce
The first twin-tracked snow vehicles gained popularity in the early 1900’s. Auto and tractor conversions were almost exclusive until the appearance of the single track vehicle pioneered by Eliason in the 1920’s. Seeking to maximize floatation, some modern manufacturers returned to the twin track idea. Hus Ski began production in 1962 in Pointe Claire, Quebec. A West Bend Power Bee engine powered a yellow tractor unit with no skis and two wooden cleated tracks, pulling the operator on a sled behind. Acquiring the company in 1965, Bolens produced the more refined Diablo Rouge, or Red Devil, from 1967-1969. A single ski, rear engine Snow /bug was made by the Original Equipment Manufacturing Company of Sudbury, Ontario. A twin track prototype called the Snowpacker was developed in 1962, along with a five-foot-wide, triple-tracked version. In 1966, a dual 26 inch track model was introduced.
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Vintage Snowmobile Christmas Poem Vintage Snowmobile Christmas Poem
Written by Mike Boisvert, Pandera, OH 'Twas the night before Christmas And all the through the shop Not a piston was firing, Not even a pop. The sledheads were nestled All snug in their beds While visions of barn finds All danced in their heads. And the wife in her nighty, And I with Viagra, Had just settled down for A little winter what have ya... When what on the tv came on So much disruption and static, "A blast from the past!", My response automatic. The moon revealed a layer Of new fallen snow, And highlighted fresh tracks On the yard down below. When what what to my wondering Eyes should appear, But a shiny red Rupp And eight minty John Deeres! With such a skilled rider on a Magnum so quick, it had to be Stull, no wait, it's St Nick. "Now Dator, Now Spitfire, Now Sprintfire, Now Snowfire, On JDX, on Trailfire, on Horicon and Liquifire! They tore up the yard and flew over the hill in a flash. The little red Rupp got sideways and knocked over the trash. The Red rider was scruffy and smelled strongly of gas, And chuckled out loud as he tore up my grass. The crew parked out back And went into my shop, and went straight to work, only for beers did they stop. As I peeked through the window I was amazed by the scene, There sat my Centurion all shiny and clean! With a new seat cover and new graphics and my trusty old triple, new paint on the tunnel, without even a ripple! The work was amazing from the red and green crew. They left as quick as they came after downing their brew. Over the twin pipes I heard Santa yell into night, "Merry Christmas to all and on the trails keep right!"

Wing Aero Sleigh Wing Aero Sleigh
Read an article in the January 5, 2012 issue titled "Early Snowmobile Invented in St. Ignace", written by Mary Petrides. The Museum is looking for one to display at the 7th Annual National Vintage Snowmobile Show which will be held in St. Ignace, MI in July. This is a great story about an early airsled, before the snowmobile era, and about St. Ignace and the Wing family. Click image on left to read full article.

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