Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1974 Alouette Jr. Brute 1974 Alouette Jr. Brute
“Any youngster’s dream come true” This machine was made by the Featherweight Corp in Canada. It is easy to operate, with a 4 cycle engine. It has big machine features like self-adjusting Bogie suspension system, a dependable clutch, tail-brake light, enclosed drive train and an emergency shut-off switch.

1974 Arctic Cat El Tigre 340 1974 Arctic Cat El Tigre 340
1974 was the second year for the production of the El Tigre. A rules change in all of the major race associations ended the reign of terror for the highly successful EXT’s. The quantity that season was increased to the point where only consumer model based snowmobiles could compete in the stock classes. The El Tigres became the sleds to beat…but nobody even came close in the first Winnipeg race to be run under stock rules. Marv Ode piloted a showroom stock El Tigre 295 to a first place finish in the 1974 Winnipeg 500 and six of the top 10 finishers were riding the 295 El Tigres. Arctic Cat offered two “trail tuned” models, the 340 and 440 and two “track tuned” models, the 295 and 400. El Tigre production for 1974: 295 Model -3000 400 Model – 3000 Owner: Terry Bashoor 340 Model – 4202 440 Model – 4000 Massillon, OH

1974 Arctic Cat VIP 1974 Arctic Cat VIP
The VIP tops the Panther line with standard deluxe features including a hydraulic torque converter (Cat-A-Matic), electric start, electronic ignition, full instrumentation and a self-energizing disc brake. It is powered by a specially designed Arctic 440cc twin with an oil injection system. The dark chocolate brown hood, pleated seat, and gold trim and lettering give the VIP a look of distinction.

1974 McCulloch engine 1974 McCulloch engine
This 399cc engine was made by McCulloch Corporation in Los Angeles, CA as an experimental/prototype engine to be used in the 1974 Raider. Their intention was to make a racing machine. Don Carney was the engineer who built this engine and raced it. It is said that he reached a speed of 118mph. The engine and Raider have been donated to the Museum by Charlie Wedge from Engadine, MI, brother-in-law to the engineer.

1974 Mercury Twin Track 1974 Mercury Twin Track
In the mid 70’s, Mercury developed a prototype twin track rear engine machine with the vision of racing in the snow pro series of racing. This is that one prototype machine. On the track at the Mercury test track facilities in Wisconsin, the twin tracker proved to be far superior to the conventional single track race machines. Plans were made to race the twin track and a body was designed. However, Mercury pulled the plug on the snowmobile business in 1976 and the body was never built and the machine was misplaced for many years. This machine was found in WI and is now owned by Aaron Schroeder of Engadine, MI.

1975 Johnson Golden Ghost   Model J244Q 1975 Johnson Golden Ghost Model J244Q
Made by Outboard Marine Corporation, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada This all original 30 hp machine has a 2 cycle, twin cylinder opposed motor, and a one-piece fiberglass hood. Donated to the Museum by: Lester Monroe, Germfask, MI

1975 Polar Bear 1975 Polar Bear
The Polar Bear was manufactured by Raybon Manufacturing in Wallingford, Connecticut. Ray Bonell, the company owner, operated a machine shop and fabrication business when he decided to jump into the thriving snowmobile industry of the early 1970’s. They were produced from 1971-1976. Manufacturing their own all aluminum frame chassis, riveted and welded for extra strength, and fiberglass components, Raybon Manufacturing purchased skis, fuel tanks, engines, tracks and suspension utilizing a patented torsion bar with 12 bogie wheels and 2 take-up bogies for track adjustment. Approximately 500 sleds were distributed to dealers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Michigan. This machine belonged to a dealer in Wisconsin and has a 295cc engine. He bought 3 of them, rode one and never put gas in this sled or the other one. All 3 machines are now in museums. Owners: Todd & Russ Haske Port Edwards & Saukville, WI

1975 Scorpion Brut 1975 Scorpion Brut
In 1972, Brutanza Engineering, Inc. of Brooten, MN designed and built the first liquid cooled snowmobile utilizing a radiator for cooling. In 1973, heat exchangers replaced the radiator – another industry first. In 1974, Scorpion Industries of Crosby, MN bought out Brutanza and produced the liquid cooled 340 and 440 triple models as Scorpion Bruts. The Scorpion Bruts were highly competitive machines. In 1976, the Massey Ferguson 340 Marauder and 440 Cyclones were built by Scorpion for Massey Ferguson and were identical to the 1975 Scorpion Bruts.

1976 John Deere Liquidator 1976 John Deere Liquidator
John Deere introduced two snowmobile models in 1972 and produced around 225,000 before sales stopped in 1984. For the 1975 model year, John Deere introduced a 340S model for cross country racing. 376 snowmobiles started the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 in 1975 and 12 of the 22 machines to finish the race were the John Deere 340S. For 1976, Deere developed an all out cross country racer called the Liquidator 340. The race team was called “Enduro Team Deere” and they were very successful in winning the I-500 and 5 of the 8 major races in 1976. Only 600 of the Liquidators were built between October and November, 1975 at the Horicon, WI plant. The Liquidators were powered by liquid cooled Kioritz engines. John Deere engineers used the cross county activities to improve the design of all their production machines built after 1974.

1976 Viking  340SS 1976 Viking 340SS
Viking snowmobiles were manufactured from 1967-1968 in Ashland, WI and then moved to Twin Valley, MN in 1968 until 1976. This 340 SS model represents the last model year they were produced. Polaris Industries produced a snowmobile named Viking for Eaton Stores at one period in time. It resembled the Polaris Colt. Viking built the snowmobile that put the first woman aross the finish line of the Winnipeg-St. Paul International 500. In Memory of Betty Vallier

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