The Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum | Naubinway, Michigan
Upper Peninsula Antique & Vintage Snowmobiles
"Where the history of snowmobiling comes to life."
Bud Knapp & John McGuirk
Library & Media Center
Our visitors are encouraged to utilize our unique library for vintage snowmobile history and research. You are also invited to use our Media Center to watch tapes, CDs and DVDs that we have. There is a spacious table and chairs in the library for our guests.
Our library is dedicated to Ernol “Bud” Knapp, also well known as the “Professor” of snowmobile information & history from Grand Rapids, MI. He began his interest in the history of snowmobiling in 1965 and was known throughout the world about his vast knowledge of information regarding sledding. Bud’s library is thought to be the largest collection of printed information in the world regarding historic information on snowmobiling. This incredible compilation of information was donated to the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum and placed in our library in September of 2017.
Bud’s dedication to the sport of snowmobiling is really incredible. Here is a list of his great achievements:
"Bud was known as a one-man snowmobile historical society. He assisted snowmobile collectors around the world in understanding and evaluating the machines and memorabilia of the sport. Known throughout the sport of snowmobiling, Bud has amassed a collection of snowmobile information and materials that is unrivalled in collector circles." — International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, Allan Hetteen Memorial Award of Merit 2002
"When he turned 17, he quit school to become a proud member of the United States Marine Corps fighting in the Pacific as a China Marine in World War II. He proudly wore his Marine jacket and cap and displayed Marine memorabilia in his home. He took his family around the world including several vacations in Europe and nearly every state in the Union. He showed his family the world, yet reminded them to not forget your family and neighbors. " — Grand Rapids Press, 2014
More information can be found by visiting the following links:
♦ International Snowmobile Hall of Fame 2002 Inductee: www.ishof.com/inductees_2002.html
♦ Internation Snowmobile Hall of Fame Allan Hetteen Award: www.ishof.com/award_allanhetteen.html
♦ Grand Rapids Press: www.obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=170682130
Photo Note: The Polaris jacket on display in the library is on loan by Tony Rolfes. This is the last coat worn by David Johnson, co-founder of Polaris.
“The Top of the Lake snowmobile Museum was ranked #1 of the top 13 Fantastic Snowmobile Museums in North America.” – SnowGoer Magazine, December 20th, 2012
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum
P.O. Box 2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Hours: 906 477-6298
Appointment: 906 477 6192
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