Suzuki Race Team
Thursday, 07 March 2013 16:37

Craig Crowl aka "addictedtooldsleds" has discovered and shared some amazing Suzuki Racing team photos and information.

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Cool pictures and details about the team can be found on this link:

Team Suzuki

 

Thank you Craig for sending this in!

 
BRAAPFEST 2013
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 05:07


February 21-24th  2013    Springstead,  WI

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What started 5 years ago as a day of fun on vintage sleds has grown to nearly a week long event. The concept is simple. No fees, no trophies, few rules, just have fun with a bunch of vintage sled owners. The host resort is transformed back to the 70’s. Lots of room is provided for sleds and trailers on the lake along with a 1000’ drag strip & a lemans style oval track. Food & beer ( Blatz, Schlitz, and Pabst) are served on the lake next to a huge bon fire. The Lodge (bar) is just feet away serving great food and drinks.  Braapfest has more than earned its reputation as being the “most fun you can have on snow”.
This year is expected to be the biggest year ever. The snow has been coming down and ice conditions are great. Lots of activities have been added to keep your attention. Of course, you can just ride sleds at any time because the trails go through the parking lot & across the lake. If you are looking for more information or need help with lodging check out the Braapfest thread by clicking on this link.


http://www.vintagesledders.com/forums/index.php?topic=13241.0

 

See you there!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 
The yellow and the black
Friday, 21 December 2012 13:14

Remember those old yellow Ski-Doo snowmobiles from the 1960s with the black stripe around the hood? You know -like the one Ralph Plaisted rode to the North Pole and Steve Ave won the Eagle River World Championships with? The kind that Grandpa had, or the one you took your very first ride on?

In 2009, the little yellow machine that made winter fun will celebrate an historic milestone. The light and maneuverable snowmobile invented by Joseph Armand Bombardier turns 50 years old.josephbombardier_snowmobile

His patented rubber sprocket, coupled with an endless rubber belt, provided the essential components in an amazing story of success, and became the enduring logo of L'Auto-Neige Bombardier, maker of tracked transport vehicles.

Bombardier's dream of producing a sin­gle person vehicle was held in check by motor size. He built a prototype in 1949. utilizing his own engine design. It was too expensive to produce.

The power problem was solved in the late 1950s with the availability of the Kohler four-stroke single-cylinder engine. More prototypes were constructed, and in 1959 the yellow, tin cab Ski Dog was intro­duced to the world.

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The little machines became immensely popular, and production numbers soared to 5,000-plus by 1963, a year of transition.

Tin cabs were replaced by Fiberglass. The twin track, single Ski RD8, forerunner to the Alpine, was introduced. Rotax two-cycle engines became exclusive, and the tiny, 148cc lost Rotax appeared and disap­peared. Kohler engine options remained available by dealer or distributor.

Model names were first used in 1965.

 

The 165cc chalet had a short run, but the Alpine and Olympic would become stan­dards for years. The Canadian Postal Service even issued a commemorative stamp when the Olympic name was retired in 1979!

The largest selling brand in North America, Ski-Doo became synonymous with snowmobile. Whatever brand you rode, you were "Ski Dooing."

This popularity did not occur by acci­dent. It was the result of an excellent mar­keting scheme. An advertising budget of $32.000 in 1964 expanded to $5 million by 1970. Eighteen North American distribu­tors and 2,000 dealers provided sales and service.

Yellow was the trademark color. The first departure was the Nordic in 1972, with a black hood and yellow side panels. Imagine the chagrin of purists as the 1973 TNT Silver Bullet was introduced, having only a tiny strip of yellow on the side of the hood!

Much was done to keep Bombardier in the public eye. Plaisted's North Pole expe­ditions were sponsored by Ski-Doo. Dollars were pumped into a highly suc­cessful racing campaign, developing TNT, Blizzard, and other performance machines. Ave, Ferland, Duhamel and Karpik were winners on the race track as well as in advertising.

Joseph Armand Bombardier died in 1964, leaving the company to son Germain. While reluctant to remove funds from the industrial side of the corporation to finance the recreational side, his 1966 successor and brother-in-law, Laurent Beaudoin, was not.

1969_ski_doo_olympique_12_3_77_6aIn 1969, Bombardier purchased plastic parts manufacturer Les Plastiques La Salle, and Roski Ltee., a fiberglass compa­ny. Soon was added a foam seat facility, a chrome plating enterprise, and even a tex­tile manufacturer to produce their own clothing!

In 1970, they purchased Lohnerwerke Gmb H of Vienna, Austria, to obtain their subsidiary, Rotax. Another plant was secured by buying Moto Ski in 1971.

Producing 210,000 units and owning nearly 40 percent of the market, 90 percent of the corporation's profits came from Ski-Doo snowmobiles by the early 1970s.

Low snow winters and the 1973 OPEC oil embargo put a death grip on the indus­try. Bombardier, also in financial straits, survived by entering other markets. Diversifying enabled the struggling com­pany to become a global giant in aerospace and rail manufacture.

Bombardier produced their one mil­lionth snowmobile in 1974, a TNT Everest.

They very nearly acquired Polaris Industries in 1980, the sale blocked by U.S. Anti-trust authorities.

A 1994 Summit was then" two millionth snowmobile.

Many years after Outboard Marine Corporation attempted to buy out Bombardier in the 1960s, their Johnson and Evinrude engine division was obtained in 2001.

Elan, 12/3, Alpine, Olympic, TNT and Blizzard are names belonging to a glorious past, and will long be remembered and revered by the Ski-Doo faithful.

The little yellow machine that could become the little yellow machine that did, and in a resounding manner.

 
Annual N.E.W. Low Buck Vintage Riders Snowmobile Show
Sunday, 07 October 2012 09:49

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Kawasakis Found...
Friday, 31 August 2012 15:05

 

 

Kawasakis Found......

 

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"We have 20 Kawasaki snowmobiles from 1978 to 1982 sitting in our Lincoln, Nebraska warehouse and are wondering if the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame is interested in getting them," asked the voice at the other end of the line.

Would we be interested? Of course we would. Especially after hearing that they were still in crates. We envisioned a find akin to the finding of the Titanic.

What would they look like after 30+ years of storage? Would there be the ultra-rare Shark, still in the crate? How would we get them back to Wisconsin? Where would we put 20 crates?

These questions were all answered in subsequent discussion with Kawasaki's Dave Dora who was handling the transition of the sleds to us.

First, the "crates", while being the original crates, had been partially taken apart to allow the sleds to be used as media loaners, SSCC testing units, photo sleds, test units, etc. They all had miles on them ranging from 50-1,100. Some were a bit cannibalized. Some were showing minor damage. All were very dirty and grungy from sitting uncovered for 30+ years in the corner of their warehouse.

Still, the photos they sent showed great promise as a fund raiser project for the ISHOF.

After several months of discussion with their legal department, an agreement was reached and the sleds were on their way to Wisconsin in March of this year. Our Eagle River facility was unable to store them at that time so they were delivered to a warehouse in Madison for temporary storage.

The original crates had been partially taken apart, so new crates were built around the original crates. Stacked three high, they were a bit tippy and tricky to get unloaded.

We are in the process of uncrating and transferring the units to our Eagle River facility as we now have room there to process the sleds. Some will be sold "as-is" while others will be parted out and sold on the internet and at swap meets.

The sled models include the Invader, Intruder and Drifter. Alas....no Shark...so the mystic of the Shark continues .

Persons interested in whole sleds or parts are asked to e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your questions and requests. We are just now starting to get into the project so bear with us as we get set up to handle parts orders.

 

 

 
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