Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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1970 Eskimo 1970 Eskimo

1970 Hellstar Tiger, Go Kat 1970 Hellstar Tiger, Go Kat
The Hellstar snowmobile was manufactured in Wahoo, Nebraska by the Hellstar Corporation for the model years, 1969 through 1972. The Hellstar machines were promoted as “the first truly 4 seasons family sportsmobile” since they could be purchased with an optional front wheel kit. This snowmobile has a Chrysler, 220cc engine. They also featured coil spring ski mounts (with a 5 year warranty), and a shock-eze handlebar assembly. Elvis Presley owned a Hellstar, Jetstar, and used it to ride around his estate at Graceland. The first commercially sold Hellstar was delivered to the Farm Bureau Service in Lansing, MI on Aug. 11, 1969. Owner: Marilyn Vallier

1970 Porsche Ski-Bob 1970 Porsche Ski-Bob
This small and collapsible ski-bob, basically a bike for the ski slopes, was built through collaboration by the Arova Company and Porsche design. It was built with a front & back shock system. The body is made from moulded poly-foam. It’s also able to break apart, with the ski components storing nicely inside of the hollow fiberglass body. Assembly time is about 1 minute. Oddly enough, the 212 was originally made to carry 2 riders. It comes with a pair of skis for the driver to attach to his boots. This machine was found at a flea market in Alpena, MI.

1970 Ski Lark 1970 Ski Lark
The Larkin Aircraft Company of Freedom, CA produced the Ski Lark from 1970 through 1975. This mini sled weighed 106# and used a 4hp Tecumseh engine. Larkin also manufactured an even smaller sled, the Wee Lark.

1970 Snowbug    Luvbug 1970 Snowbug Luvbug
The Snowbug brand snowmobiles were built by Noront Steel Company in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Luvbug model featured electric start, lights, a 22hp Sachs 2 cycle engine, forward and reverse transmission, and seats 2 side-by-side. Only 50 units of the aluminum chassis side-by-side model were built.

1970 Wee Lark 1970 Wee Lark
The Wee Lark and its big brother, the Ski Lark, were manufactured by the Larkin Aircraft Company in Freedom, California. The Wee Lark was produced between 1970 and 1972 using a Clinton 92cc 3hp engine. Later the rights to the Wee Lark were sold to ZurowSki Enterprises of Watsonville, CA and were manufactured for a short period of time using a larger 5hp Tecumseh 133cc motor. The Wee Lark was advertised to be the smallest of all the mini sleds at 82# and was capable of a top speed of 12 mph.

1970 Wildcat 1970 Wildcat

1970's Nick-A-Boggan 1970's Nick-A-Boggan
This pull-behind sleigh was made by Nick and Sons, Inc. in Tomahawk, WI. It was donated to the Museum by Larry Cholody from Grosse Pte. Farms, MI.

1971 Alaska Ski 1971 Alaska Ski
The Alaska Ski was manufactured by S.M.T. Manufacturers Co. Ltd (the former Moleba Auto-Niege L’tee) in Chateaguay, Quebec, Canada. The earlier Moleba Ski was a look alike to the Alaska Ski. The company also marketed a sled called the Broncco. Alaska Skis utilized an Italian Guidetti motor, chain case, speedometer and headlight. Motors: Singles 338cc 25 hp TT36 Deluxe 30hp TT36 Super Deluxe Twins 440cc 30hp GG44 Deluxe 500cc 35hp GG44 Super Sport In March, 1971 S.M.T. filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.

1971 Arctic Cat    EXT 340 1971 Arctic Cat EXT 340
1971 was the first year for the production of the EXT. Every other factory had been out to beat the highly successful Arctic Cats in 1970, so the racing department in Thief River Falls, MN came up with the “built for racing” EXT models. These sleds were based on the newly introduced Puma short chassis and were powered by Kawasaki free air engines. The EXT’s powered by the new Kawasaki engines proved to be a winning combination for Arctic Cat. The 1971 factory EXT race team members were Roger Janssen, Fred Jillson, Larry Colton, Paul Eggebraaten, Dave Thompson, Charlie Lofton & Dennis Bakke. EXT production for 1971: 292 Model – 241 399 Model – 422 Owner: Terry Bashoor 340 Model – 497 440 Model – 443 Massillon, OH

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