Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1971 Big Boss 1971 Big Boss
In 1970-71, 20 Big Boss snowmobiles were manufactured in Ovid, MI by Aurora Engineering. Only 8 were ever sold and the rest were destroyed as a part of a bankruptcy proceeding. This model with a 340cc CCW engine is one of three known to have survived. CCW and Tohatsu motors were used. The chassis has aluminum angle iron installed on the bottom of the chassis for mounting the bogie wheels. This was only used on the first few manufactured. The sales literature for the Big Boss is completely different from the actual machine except for the green and black color scheme. At one time the company had intended to buy snowmobiles from an un-named Canadian manufacturer and rebadge them as Big Bosses. The sales literature looks exactly like an Alaska Ski, which was a red and black color scheme versus the green and black on the Big Boss. This intention was never carried out.

1971 Chimo 1971 Chimo
The Chimo snowmobile was manufactured by Somovex Inc. of L’islet, Quebec, Canada from 1970 to 1971 and was powered by a 10hp Husqvarna engine. The Mighty Mini: Light and responsive Compact Big Model qualities Small but Big on advantages Also marketed as the Snow Tamer by JC Penney, and later as the Sno- Chief Papoose by Dauphin of Grand-Mere, Quebec for Dufrane Motor of Malone, NY.

1971 Cutter Kitchen 1971 Cutter Kitchen
This Cutter Kitchen is believed to be from 1971-72. It is the first of two designs that Arctic Cat made. The second design was made in the 1980’s. They originally were sold new for $495 at your local Arctic Cat dealer.

1971 Grand Prix 1971 Grand Prix
In 1970 and 1971 the Boatel Co. of Mora, Minnesota developed the Grand Prix and they were manufactured in Isle, MN. There two models; 1000 were made in 1970. The GP 440 had a 28hp 434cc Rockwell/JLO motor. In 1971, 1000 were made and these machines had a CCW motor. They also made houseboats and pontoons. The biggest styling feature of the machines is their butterfly handlebars. Its creator wanted a handlebar with a vertical grip. Unfortunately, they made the machine priced way above the normal market in 1970 at $1895.00 Over the years the Boatel Company manufactured other snowmobiles after purchasing the rights for the Trailmaker from the Abe Matthews Co. in 1964. Next in their line-up came the Ski Bird and later the Grand Prix. 1972 was the end. They were just not good in the deep snow and pricey, so Boatel went back to making boats.

1971 NGC   Model 72S 1971 NGC Model 72S
This snowmobile, an NGC, which stands for New Generation Corporation, was built in Canton, Ohio in 1971. This unit is reported to be 1 of only 4 to be built. Serial #278. It is powered by a 5hp Tecumseh engine. The rider must swing the steering arms up and out of the way in order to enter the cockpit and sit down. There is one model that has a cover over the leg area. This machine was found at a farm auction north of Engadine, MI. Owner: Charlie Vallier Engadine, MI

1971 Shark      SS-292 1971 Shark SS-292
The Shark snowmobile was manufactured in Denver, CO and later Aurora, CO from 1971 through 1974 by F.D. Brueshoff and Associates. Floyd Brueshoff wanted to build a sled that would better handle the soft snow in the High country and developed a machine in the intermediate class combining light weight with power and still capable of carrying large loads under adverse conditions. The various models ranged in weight from 220# to 250#. The machines were built to give the highest horsepower to weight ratio in the industry, 1hp to 10#. Four models were offered for 1971 with 20hp to 32hp, and later increased to 36hp. Owner: Bud and Ron Knapp

1971 Sno Pony 1971 Sno Pony

1971 Sno Prince Junior 1971 Sno Prince Junior
Lionel Industries, Inc. of Princeville, Quebec, Canada started manufacturing snowmobiles in 1968. Late in 1968 they were bought by Giffen US who continued to manufacture the Sno Prince line until 1973. The 1973 models were presented but never sold. In November, 1970, Sno Prince introduced a children’s sled called the Sno Prince Junior and produced two models for the 1971 model year. They were the Junior 180, which was an 8hp, and the Junior 230, which was 12hp. In 1972, the only model was the Junior 230 at 14hp. In 1973 the Junior Mark I was introduced, but never sold.

1971 Sno-Byke 1971 Sno-Byke
This original Sno-byke is one of 13 made by Sno-Byke, Inc in Minneapolis, MN. They could be purchased in red or yellow. It is powered by a 8hp,134cc Chrysler engine, has an 8 inch wide track with a single sprocket, a heavy duty steel ski with leaf spring suspension, and an over-sized braking system. It is capable of speeds up to 30mph and weighs 97 lbs. “Sno-byke combines the fun of snowmobiles with the features of minibikes”

1971 Super Star 1971 Super Star
In 1969, 3 snowmobile enthusiasts decided to try their luck at selling snowmobiles in Canada. Denis Roy, Lucien Carrier, & Donald Boutin formed the fabrication business, BCR Autoniege, Inc in St. Henedine, Quebec (after the first letters of their names). For the first winter, 1970, they built 5 snowmobiles. These machines had a Kohler motor. For the second year, they increased production to 40 machines in 6 models. They all had a Kohler engine, 15.5 in. track, a removable 4 gal. gas tank and the options of electric start, reverse, speedometer, odometer and a Metal Flake cab. In 1971, an American offered to distribute the Super Star in the U.S., but paid for them with a bad check. 26 machines crossed into the U.S. and were resold in parts. The owners were only able to find 3 of the snowmobiles. To minimize costs in 1972, they bought parts from the Dauphin Co. in Grand Mere, Quebec, but so many companies were going out of business that year and these 2 companies had to close their doors, too.

1971 Super Star 1971 Super Star
In 1969, 3 snowmobile enthusiasts decided to try their luck at selling snowmobiles in Canada. Denis Roy, Lucien Carrier, & Donald Boutin formed the fabrication business, BCR Autoniege, Inc in St. Henedine, Quebec (after the first letters of their names). For the first winter, 1970, they built 5 snowmobiles. These machines had a Kohler motor. For the second year, they increased production to 40 machines in 6 models. They all had a Kohler engine, 15.5 in. track, a removable 4 gal. gas tank and the options of electric start, reverse, speedometer, odometer and a Metal Flake cab. In 1971, an American offered to distribute the Super Star in the U.S., but paid for them with a bad check. 26 machines crossed into the U.S. and were resold in parts. The owners were only able to find 3 of the snowmobiles. To minimize costs in 1972, they bought parts from the Dauphin Co. in Grand Mere, Quebec, but so many companies were going out of business that year and these 2 companies had to close their doors, too.

1971 Swinger 1971 Swinger
Introduced by Sportscraft Industries, Inc of St. Paul, Minnesota, this was not the first mini-sled, but it had a more fully developed marketing platform than most sleds of any size at the time. A tiny Chrysler two-stroke engine powered it with a speed up to 35mph. Unlike other small sleds, it had a console that covered the moving parts, but the hood was attached to the frame and difficult to remove to work on the motor. With a transverse leaf spring, ski-tracking and side-to-side stability were poor. Weighing only 175 lbs, it was easy to load 2 in the back of a station wagon and they could be stored standing on their rear bumpers. Griswold Industries acquired them in 1972 and redesigned the hood with vents and accessibility, added a kill switch and added a JLO 230cc one lunger with a Tillotson carb. Motor, but due to limited distribution and marketing, this was the last year for the Swinger.

1972 Arctic Cat    Kitty Kat 1972 Arctic Cat Kitty Kat
This is an original 1972 Kitty Kat, which has probably been the most popular kids machine over the years. A wheel kit could be added and there have been many kids drag races over the years. The early Kitty Kats were powered by Kawasaki engines and later by Suzuki. Owner: Chad Germain Engadine, MI

1972 Bell & Howell   Howeller 1972 Bell & Howell Howeller
This machine has a 399 Kohler and was made as a prototype for the Bell & Howell Company in 1972, but was never produced. We are looking for more information… Owner: Bud & Ron Knapp Grand Rapids, MI

1972 Boa Ski    Mark 1 1972 Boa Ski Mark 1
The Boa Ski was made by Boa Ski, Inc. in LaGuadeloupe, Frontenac, Quebec, Canada from 1968-1978. In 1972 the company was bought out by Alsport Corp. of Ohio. Alsport was looking to expand their summer recreation vehicle line to include winter machines. The Mark 1 model has a Hirth motor, 292cc, single cylinder and bogie suspension. Motto: “Leads the rest, Canada’s best”

1972 Chaparral 1972 Chaparral
The Chaparral that was never built. This is a prototype machine with a larger 488cc Fuji engine that was intended for production but was never manufactured. Owner: Bud & Ron Knapp Grand Rapids, MI

1972 Harley-Davidson 1972 Harley-Davidson
In 1971 Harley-Davidson entered the snowmobile market when between 80 and 100 units were manufactured for in-the-field testing. Harley-Davidson advertised the motors as “Harley’s Own” while in fact the motors were built by Aermacchi in Italy. By 1972 production was up to 10,000 units. During this time span Harley’s parent company AMF moved the AMF snowmobile manufacturing facilities to the Harley-Davidson snowmobile manufacturing site at Oakcreek,WI. However, no more AMF snowmobiles were ever produced. By 1973 less than 5,000 machines were produced. Production continued through the 1975 model year.

1972 Jac Trac 1972 Jac Trac

1972 Pocket Rocket 1972 Pocket Rocket
Wee-Ski International Corporation manufactured the Wee-Ski in 1970 and 1971 in Princeville, Quebec, Canada. On June 15, 1971 Leisure Craft Incorporated bought out the Wee-Ski International Corporation and renamed the Wee-Ski the Pocket Rocket to seize the opportunity to improve sales by using the nickname of the popular Montreal Canadien hockey player, Henri Richard, #16.

1972 Ski Whiz   Formula IV 1972 Ski Whiz Formula IV
Massey Ferguson entered the snowmobile market in 1969 with 2 Ski Whiz models and sold snowmobiles through the 1977 model year. The 1976 and 1977 models were produced under contract by Scorpion Industries. There were 3 models in 1970 and 4 models in 1971. In 1972, Ski Whiz still had the 4 models from 1971 plus the addition of 3 new Formula Series models. They were the Formula I (28hp), Formula III (33hp), and the Formula IV (440cc JLO, dual-carbs, 37hp) models. The Formula models were billed as the “Elite of the Ski Whiz line, with Low, Lean Beauty”. The hoods were given new hood paint schemes of black and red with white stripes in an attempt to give the new models more eye appeal without retooling. The Formula Series was only produced in 1972.

1972 Skiroule S-250 1972 Skiroule S-250
From 1964 to 1966 Rejean Houle built prototype snowmobiles (40 in 1964 and 200 in 1965) before introducing the first commercial Skiroule model in 1966 when 700 were produced. The origin of the Skiroule name is from SKIRejean hOULE. The machines were produced in Wickam, Quebec, Canada. In 1969, Coleman bought the company and the Skiroule models carried the Coleman logo until 1975 when the HMK (Herbert M. Karol) Manufacturing Company of Montreal, Quebec bought the Skiroule line from Coleman. In 1976, Skiroule went bankrupt and very few 1977 models were ever produced. With the 1972 RTX, Skiroule produced its most appealing model.

1972 Sno Pac  Coyote 1972 Sno Pac Coyote
The Sno Pac Coyote was manufactured by Farmington Engineering Company of Farmington, MN. The sled was built for the 1972 model year and was unique in that it was a rear engine sled long after most rear-engine sleds had disappeared. Advertising claimed that Coyote owners would leave behind noise, smoke…and the competition. Coyote riders were treated to electric start, a plush, bucket-style seat, the “Indy Glide” suspension and a choice of four metal flake colors. Coyotes were powered by Kohler and Sachs engines.

1972 Sno Pac Pacer 1972 Sno Pac Pacer
The Sno Pac Pacer model and the Coyote model were made by Farmington Engineering, Inc. of Farmington, MN. This model has an 18 inch track, and a 340cc or 440cc engine option, and a bogey rail or slide suspension. They also have 51/4 inch wide skis, a Salisbury clutch and deep foam seats.

1973  Raider Prototype 1973 Raider Prototype
This machine was made in Troy, MI and is believed to be a one and only prototype Raider made by Bob Bracey. It was made as a prototype to test a CCW, Salsbury Hydro transmission for production use with the Honda motor. This technology was added to 5 machines in Japan, but they were all destroyed due to bankruptcy. This is the only one remaining. This Raider also has a disc brake mounted on the jack shaft that runs under the seat.

1973 Raider   34TT 1973 Raider 34TT
The Raider snowmobile was manufactured by Leisure Industries, Inc. of Troy, Michigan from 1971 through 1975. 500 units were built in 1971 and roughly 20,000 were built throughout the period. CCW, Kohler, and Hirth engines were used to power the various models. The late Bob Bracey, Raider inventor, was also associated with both Manta and Roamer snowmobile endeavors. Owner: Charlie Vallier

1973 Ski Doo    T’NT 400 1973 Ski Doo T’NT 400
This snowmobile was created to race. It was built from 6 different machines by D & B Racing. It has a 400 free-air chassis, a 1972 Yamaha 292 motor and was shortened 7 inches from stock. Its top speed was 56 mph. It raced in the improved relic class. After winning the 2 trophies, it has been “retired” to the Museum, making it available for all to see. The One Lunger races included: 1st Place - Newberry (200 laps) - Feb, 2008 2nd Place - Sault Ste Marie, MI - March, 2008 1st Place - Newberry - Feb, 2009 Owner and creator: Dave Pigeon Newberry, MI

1973 Sno Blazer 1973 Sno Blazer
This single ski, single track Sno Blazers were built by Fun Season, Inc. in Burnsville, MN for only the 1973 season. The machines were powered by Hirth and JLO engines and weighed 225#. Donated to the Museum by: Dennis Adams Berkley, MI

1973 Speedway 1973 Speedway
Speedway Products, Inc. of Mansfield, Ohio produced the Speedway snowmobile from 1972 through 1974. The machines wee designed and marketed by ex-Rupp employees as high performance snowmobiles. Think of it as a blue Ferrari claimed advertising. Features included aluminum chassis, 8” disc brakes, a low center of gravity and a sleek design. 1972 models were: 340cc Sachs Fan at 34hp 440cc Kohler Free Air Twin at 58hp 650cc Kohler Free Air Triple at 90hp w/pipes 1973 models were: 295cc Kohler Free Air 340cc Kohler Free Air Twin 440cc Kohler Free Air Triple w/pipes 650cc Kohler Free Air Triple w/pipes Earhart Industries, Inc. of Byron Center, MI was the exclusive Michigan distributor for Speedway snowmobiles. In 1973-74 approximately 1,000 Speedways were produced. In April, 1974 the entire business was sold to Fox Corporation of Janesville, WI and the entire operation was moved to Janesville.

1973 Suzuki XR 440 1973 Suzuki XR 440
This original, one-owner machine was purchased new in 1973 from Custom Fun in Howell, MI. It was made by US Suzuki Motor Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, California. It has 2 cycle, air cooled, 432cc/36hp engine. Donated to the Museum by: Wm. (Butch) McClatchey Howell, MI

1973 Timberwolf Werewolf 1973 Timberwolf Werewolf
This is a one-of-a-kind prototype. It was built in the early 1970’s by NorthSport Industries, Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Interestingly, the Timberwolf served as the “Pace Sled” for the 1970 Soo I-500 International Snowmobile Race. This Werewolf is the race version of Northsport’s original model, the Timberwolf. Their intent was to run this machine in the I-500 Snowmobile Race, which is held in Sault, MI in February. It has a JLO 744cc engine. This Werewolf was owned by the late David Strickland of Sault Ste. Marie. Dave did some survey work for one of the Northsports owners, and was given this sled as part of his payment. The company was going under at that time. There is a picture of this Werewolf on the Timberwolf display board. Note that the picture shows a windshield and does not have a headlight. The holes for the windshield are visible on the hood. The current headlight assembly was added at a later date by Dave.

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

1976 Yamaha   SRX 340 1976 Yamaha SRX 340
The first Yamaha stock production liquid cooled engines were introduced in 1976. The 340 model was only manufactured and sold in 1976. This 340 SRX never lost a drag race in the Fabulous February Racing Series in the Northern Michigan, Rogers City area. Owner: Dan Derry

1977 Scorpion BullWhip 1977 Scorpion BullWhip

1978 Polaris RXL Sno Pro 1978 Polaris RXL Sno Pro
This model has a 127 hp, 650cc liquid cooled motor. This model came with a 340 Sno Pro motor, and a 440 was optional, install yourself. This sled, driven by Lou Hunt, was the first sled to qualify with an average speed over 90 mph in 1981 and held the track record for 4 years. Owner: Steve Bilacic Turner, MI

1979 Ski Doo  Blizzard 9500 1979 Ski Doo Blizzard 9500
This 440 sled was used for drag racing by Gary Ball and also driven by his sons, Tim and Mark, and his wife, Nancy. He loved racing in the U.P., Traverse City, and Kalkaska. He also fished several times in Naubinway. He was a true-blue Ski Doo rider/racer. Donated by his family to the Museum in Memory of: Gary Ball 1938-2005 So. Boardman, MI

1980 Finncat 1980 Finncat
The Finncat was first produced in 1978 in Uleaborg, Finland after five years of testing by the inventor Jorma Pohjola. It has a unique steering system. The track is made from 13 pieces of stretchable plastic and will stretch like an accordion in the front on the opposite side of the turn, which will allow more lift on the exterior side of the turn, which pulls the vehicle in the other direction. Only about 10 units were made in 1979 & 80 in a cooperation with Aktiv in Sweden, a producer of snowmobiles. The cooperation was discontinued due to quality problems. This Finncat is powered by a Rotax 2 stroke, 2 cyl. 496cc engine with electric start. Other engines included Arctic Spirit (Suzuki) & Hirth. It weighs 595 lbs. It has a motorcycle type throttle and a transmission with 2 speeds forward, neutral and reverse.

1980 Sno-Runner 1980 Sno-Runner
Chrysler Outboard Division of Chrysler Corporation manufactured and sold Sno-Runners in 1980-1981, utilizing a Chrylser 134cc 7hp engine. These machines were manufactured in Hartford, WI. C.O.M.B. Liquidators bought the remaining inventory in 1981 and sold the machines as Sno-Rabbits in 1981-1982.

1990 Polaris Indy 650 RXL 1990 Polaris Indy 650 RXL

1990 Sno-King 1990 Sno-King
This is the “World’s Largest & Most Powerful Snowmobile”. It is the 1990 National Snowmobile Speed Run (NSSR) unlimited points champion. The record with this sled is 201.469mph in ¼ mile. It was owned and driven by Paul & Ann Groth. Ann became the “Fastest Woman On Ice” with her top speed of 144.892mph. It is 26 ft. in length, weighs 2000lbs, has a 368 cu in. block and 1800hp with Nitrous Boost. It’s sponsors were: Budweiser, Yamaha Snowmobiles, Wilson Oil Co, TJR Auto Body and Ross Sign Works.

1992 Yamaha VMax 1992 Yamaha VMax
In 1992 Yamaha introduced the VMax-4, VX750S. It was powered by a 743cc liquid-cooled in-line 4 cylinder engine with a Counter-Point PTO shaft driven from the center of the engine, increasing efficiency and reliability and strength. The cylinder combustion occurred every 90 degrees of crankshaft rotation for a smooth operation. This new machine was a monster with power. It was built on a lightweight aluminum frame with Telescoping Strut Suspension (TSS) and adjustable Pro-Action rear suspension which delivered a comfortable ride. It also had aluminum skis with plastic shoes. The Vmax-4 would never be copied. Donated by the J.A. Bombardier Museum

55 Bellanca Aerial Delivery Sled 55 Bellanca Aerial Delivery Sled
In 1955 the Bellanca Aircraft Corp. manufactured the aerial delivery sled for the US Air Force. The container was designated A-16 and had a National Stock Number (NSN 1670-00-234-8354). The sled could be parachuted into a remote area and then could be easily towed due to its light weight. The sled was designed to be very light weight and was built from a magnesium alloy and weighs only 25 lbs. while measuring 21”wide x 14” high x 44” long. The sled has a sealed top cover that is held in place with clamp latches. New, the sled cost between $1400 and $2200 and were eventually sold as surplus.

61 Polaris Sno-Traveler 61 Polaris Sno-Traveler

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. Mary’s River, they decided to make them with the ability to float. Production ended in 1974.

70? Larven 70? Larven
This 150 lb. snow vehicle can make tracks up to 40 mph. It is powered by a 9hp 2 cycle Husqvarna engine and was created by Lennart Nilsson & built by Lemko in Ostersund, Sweden from the mid 1960’s - 1991. The rider wore skis to support himself and to help direct the travel of this odd sled. It was used by skiers to climb slopes and included a ski lift attachment & pulley. It was advertised as having a low noise level. The gas and brake wires are covered by a Teflon case to prevent freezing. The gas tank is under the seat. The frame is made of 100% non-corroding aluminum alloy, divided into 2 sections. “Two of these will fit in a station wagon.”

Kick Style Wood Sled Kick Style Wood Sled
Manufactured by Les Traineaux “Riviere-Du-Loup” Inc., Quebec, this wooden Eskimo dog sled was adapted for use behind the modern snowmobile. Extra long flexible skis gave support over deep snow and excellent tracking. Non-slip foot pads on the skis helped the rider feel secure while riding Eskimo style. The Ski-A-Sled would fit on top of your snowmobile while being trailered. Steve & Sherry Landon, "Winning Edge Magazine"

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