Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum Sleds on Display.

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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.

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