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1974 Johnson JX-400

1974 Johnson JX-400

1974 Johnson JX-400 - The Johnson JX and Evinrude Skimmer series marked a radical change for the Outboard Marine Corp. (OMC). These machines were powered by alternate-firing twin cylinder engines, available in 35, 40 and 50hp models (the 400, 440 and 650 series respectively). Prior to this, most OMC models were powered by the horizontal opposed twin cylinder engine. The JX and Skimmer series were manufactured for 3 years, beginning in 1974 and ending in 1976 when OMC discontinued its snowmobile division. The machines remained basically unchanged for the 3 years. In 1975 the 650 series (50hp) was available in either bogie or slide-rail suspension. This was the first time that OMC offered a slide-rail suspension. In 1976 all 3 models were available in either suspension system. This particular machine was purchased at "Shippee and Smith" in Owosso, MI. It was fully loaded with the optional electrical start, speedometer, tachometer and ski shock absorbers. It was purchased by the father of Larry Weinreiss. Larry currently lives in Newberry. MI.

On Sept 20, 2019, The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum was awarded a grant of $12,500 for Operational Support from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA – ART WORKS). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding. The grant requires a 1:1 match and helped the museum leverage the $12,500 of support from its annual income and the many donations from supporters. In particular the museum has received grants from the Graymont Community Economic Development Fund and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It has also received significant donations from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America, The Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc., many snowmobile clubs, several recreational and snowmobile shows, the museum’s internal $1,000.00 Challenge, and many museum members. The grant funds will be applied to museum operating costs. Applicable costs include internal operations, marketing, travel to shows within the State of Michigan and cost of employees. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant applicant to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at
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