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1967 Bolens Diablo Rouge: Bolens, out of Port Washington, WI produced the Diablo Rouge from 1967 to 1969. This Diablo was put together special for the 50th Anniversary gathering in Port Washington, Jan. 2017 put on by Bruce Schoblaska (GoGoDiablo). It depicts the early construction design of the Diablo, including some of its many flaws, like the 2 bumper bracket design, the weak motor mount design and the infamous and elusive windshield (the bracket is OEM but not the windshield). Many of the parts including the chassis, hood, handlebars, dash, bogie stations and the tracks are NOS (New Old Stock).
The old OEM seat was found tucked far away in its original wrapping paper in Bruce's parent's garage attic after their passing. When he found it, it was like a sign from them to build something special with it.
As far as Bruce knows, this is the only Diablo Rouge 500 in existence built to this original "early model" detail, which includes an OEM windshield design.

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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