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1958 Sno-Bi-Kin

1958 Sno-Bi-Kin

In 1958, Harold Neitzke of Wausau, Wisconsin decided to build a snowmobile. Harold was an avid fox hunter and wanted to build a lightweight snowmobile that would allow him to cover more ground and also be able to be lifted over fences.
By 1960 he had built two machines using bicycle frames and through the use of these two machines made many refinements.
This particular model utilizes a 5hp Lauson motor. Seven were made using 5hp Tecumseh motors and the last three were built using 8hp Kohler engines.
Seven machines were sold to the Wisconsin DNR for use by game wardens. Mr. Neitzkes design influence can be seen in other snowmobile manufacturers, such as Bear Cat and Fox Trac.

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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