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1971 Super Star

1971 Super Star

In 1969, 3 snowmobile enthusiasts decided to try their luck at selling snowmobiles in Canada. Denis Roy, Lucien Carrier, & Donald Boutin formed the fabrication business, BCR Autoniege, Inc in St. Henedine, Quebec (after the first letters of their names). For the first winter, 1970, they built 5 snowmobiles. These machines had a Kohler motor.
For the second year, they increased production to 40 machines in 6 models. They all had a Kohler engine, 15.5 in. track, a removable 4 gal. gas tank and the options of electric start, reverse, speedometer, odometer and a Metal Flake cab.
In 1971, an American offered to distribute the Super Star in the U.S., but paid for them with a bad check. 26 machines crossed into the U.S. and were resold in parts. The owners were only able to find 3 of the snowmobiles.
To minimize costs in 1972, they bought parts from the Dauphin Co. in Grand Mere, Quebec, but so many companies were going out of business that year and these 2 companies had to close their doors, too.

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 www.michigan.gov/arts
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