Antique Snowmobile Museum Great Stories

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

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Great Arctic Cat Story Great Arctic Cat Story
My husband and I stopped by on Sunday, on our way home from a snowmobiling trip. Seeing all of the old sleds reminded me of how I got my start into sleds and riding. I just thought that I would let you know, there was a lot of conversation about it on the way home. I located my Papa's sled on Monday, that was sold several years ago. We went and looked at it and decided to buy it back! I'm including a picture of this snowmobile and sled that I grew up with. Now, when we take our children for rides in the sled, they will be fourth generation in it. I couldn't be more excited! Thanks so much for the museum and all you have done there. It was great to visit! Thanks again, Shannon Bowman I hope you can figure out what kind of sled/sleigh this is behind it. I still can't find any pictures of it on the internet. If anyone has any information on this Arctic Cat cutter, please contact the Museum.

Jake Woeckner Memorial Award Jake Woeckner Memorial Award
On July 25, 2009, the Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) awarded Charlie & Marilyn Vallier the Jake Woeckner Memorial Award for out-standing dedication and contribution throughout the years to the ASCOA. Jake Woeckner was one of the founders of the Club.
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Jim Langley crosses the Mighty Mac 51 years later Jim Langley crosses the Mighty Mac 51 years later

John Lietzke - Speedway Racer John Lietzke - Speedway Racer
This Speedway jacket, owned by John Lietzke, was brought in today to be in here on loan. It will go on display next to the Speedway that is in here. This jacket also has a story! John Lietzke started selling Arctic Cat snowmobiles in 1965, from his shop on the family farm in Dewitt, MI. He helped to start the first Michigan Snowmobile Association and served as a board member for several years. Then this changed to the MISA, Michigan International Snowmobile Association. For advertising, he started a snowmobile race team. Paul Felzke, our neighbor, was a member of the first team. Later, John sold Rupp and Speedway snowmobiles and Sam Sessions joined the next race team. John also built motors for Indy racers - Gordon Johncock and the Unser brothers, Al & Bobby, who also raced snowmobiles. Before Dude Rice was hired as the Race director, John served in this position, during the winter as well as handling the grass drags. His legacy continued when daughter, Linda, and her husband, Mark Zarkovich, raced the ice ovals and cross-country runs. Then grandson Andy Zarkovich started racing in 2001, and by age 19 had earned 2 state championships in the Michigan Snow-cross Circuit. John passed away in 1993, missing his grandson's racing career.

John West - Legendary Snowmobiler John West - Legendary Snowmobiler
John F. West Ė Legendary Snowmobiler One of the best parts of my job here at the Museum is meeting so many fascinating, wonderful people, who have great stories to tell. One such person was John West, who came here on Feb. 25, 2010 with his son. I was so amazed with John that I forgot to find out what his sonís name was. I do apologize for that.
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