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1984 Yamaha Phazer

1984 Yamaha Phazer

1984 Yamaha Phazer: Yamaha snowmobiles were produced by Yamaha Motor Corp., Japan. Yamaha had been studying possible snowmobile production and presented a prototype in 1964. In 1966 prototype machines were introduced to the U.S. via California and performed very poorly. Yamaha suspended production until 1968 when 300 units were made. They were well received and performed well. Yamaha snowmobile production only went up from there to the 1984 production of 500,000. In 1968 Yamaha introduced oil injection (first ever in a snowmobile), which performed well. The introduction of the Phazer in 1984 rocked the snowmobile world and Yamaha became the best selling snowmobile. The Phazer was powered by a Yamaha engine with 2 cylinder 485cc fan cooled engine. It weighed 388lb and cost $3,399.00. The Phazer was one of only a few snowmobiles to have the headlight and instrument panel articulated with the handlebar. It also had a 3 section hood to provide ease of access.

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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