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1973 Polaris Starfire 440

1973 Polaris Starfire 440

1973 Polaris Starfire 440: This 440cc triple cylinder free air TX Starfire was discovered in Bay City, MI. The gas tank was modified for endure racing and the machine has the rubber endure track.
The 1973 TX Starfire came in four free air Starflame Fuji engine sizes: twin cylinder 295 (294cc), 340 (335cc) models and the triple cylinder 440 (439cc) and 650 (649cc) models. A few special 800cc kits were available to modify the 650 engines. All engines were CDI ignitions.
This machine also used the light weight Equaliberator slide-rail suspension, has hydraulic disc brakes, all aluminum welded chassis, CDI ignition, and has a quick change front drive shaft. Two tracks were available; the standard cleated 15" track and an all rubber track for endure racing.
The 1973 TX Starfire is still popular today in vintage racing.

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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