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70 Timberwolf

70 Timberwolf

This is a one-of-a-kind snowmobile built in 1969 by Northsport Industries, Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The owners of the company were Dr. Tom Robinson and Professor Dick Zabelka and Marv Dahlman as a company officer.
Interestingly, this Timberwolf served as the Pace Sled for the 1970 Soo I-500 International Snowmobile Race. It was discovered in St. Ignace, MI by David Blair, Moran, MI, and he has donated this machine to the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. 4 members of the Museum Board have restored this wonderful piece of history to its original glory.
The Timberwolf was promoted as a high performance family machine. It also could be used by utility companies, commercial fishermen, the Michigan DNR, and ski areas. Six or 7 of them were built. Each machine was a different color. They were a fiberglass, twin track, rear engine JLO 395, single cylinder machine. With the number of accidents on the St. Marys River, they decided to make them with the ability to float. Production ended in 1974.

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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W11660 US-2
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