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1971 Arctic Cat    EXT 340

1971 Arctic Cat EXT 340

1971 was the first year for the production of the EXT. Every other factory had been out to beat the highly successful Arctic Cats in 1970, so the racing department in Thief River Falls, MN came up with the built for racing EXT models. These sleds were based on the newly introduced Puma short chassis and were powered by Kawasaki free air engines. The EXTs powered by the new Kawasaki engines proved to be a winning combination for Arctic Cat.
The 1971 factory EXT race team members were Roger Janssen, Fred Jillson, Larry Colton, Paul Eggebraaten, Dave Thompson, Charlie Lofton & Dennis Bakke.

EXT production for 1971:
292 Model 241 399 Model 422 Owner: Terry Bashoor
340 Model 497 440 Model 443 Massillon, OH

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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