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A vintage snowmobile is defined as snowmobiles made from the 1960's to the early 1980's. Snowmobile older than the mid 1960's are called, antique. There is quite a large following of vintage and antique snowmobiles who love to restore, ride and race these older snow mobiles.
Vintage snowmobile shows races are held in many places in the United States, Canada and some European countries. Here in Wisconsin there is a large show every Labor Day and Minnesota has a show that is considered one of the biggest.
Snowmobile Racing's Early Years 1967-1973
Ski-doo was the first snowmobile to look like our modern machine with its sitting area open to the elements and two-person type. It was so popular that other competitors quickly reproduced the idea and over two million of these were build. However there was too many on the market, which caused many to collapse leaving just four large companies left. They were Polaris, Yamaha, Arctic Cat and Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). I don't recognize the last one so maybe it went too.
More enthusiasm built up after the Vintage Snowmobile Club of American was organized by those who loved these old snow machines. Then the Internet had a large roll in bring those together who wanted these machines and they were easily be bought and sold online. This page is a good example of that where you can find most anything you are looking for from racing information to Clymer shop manuals.
Before the invention of these, getting around through the deep snow was quite a challenge. Supplies had to be gotten to remote cabins and horses weren't always a good choice to plow through the snowdrifts. The first one was called a motorized sled and finally shortened to snowmobile. Polaris invented a heavy machine that was popular but it could only travel about 20 miles per hour. (32 km/h) Later models were constantly improved.
Where we live here it gets a lot of snow. The local bike trail is turned into trails for snowmobiles and routs pass through near by fields. It is common to see them zooming pass our home on the way to the hills where they can roam freely. Some of our neighbors have them too and we see them out enjoying the weather and there may be several going by at one time.
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To quality as vintage a snowmobile needs to have been produced from 1960 to 1980. However the photo here shows one that is an antique made in 1910. Horse draw buggies were still the main mode of transportation at that time.
These older machines are getting very popular and folks like get together to show off their snow mobiles and have a good time. The photo below shows machines from one of these events.
Here in Wisconsin there is a large snow machine show every Labor Day. People come from all around to see all the new and old snow-machines.
The biggest show in the United States isn't very far from here in Minnesota and folks from here go to that one too.
This photo shows a vintage Sno Skipper. It was taken at a 2014 drag race in Spicer Minnesota.
Ski Doo was the fist to make a snow mobile that looks like our modern ones today. It was open to the elements and sat two persons.
This was such a popular machine that other companies quickly copied the idea and made their own.
However so many was made that the market collapsed leaving only the major brand names behind. The brand names left standing were Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha, Ski Doo and Bombardier.
I haven't heard what happened to Bombardier so it might have folded later.
This photo shows a line up of antique snowmobiles. This was taken at the Tip Up Town celebration held every winter in Houghton Lake Michigan. Actually these look a little newer to be antique but are still retro.
The two in front in this photo are Sno Jets.
The snowmobile has a practical use besides racing and recreation. It used to be that traveling during the winter in deep snow was almost impossible. Cabins that were remote had to stock up for the winter and hope they had no emergencies until spring.
But now is it an easy matter of heading out no matter how deep the snow and get supplies or what else is needed. Just the weather has to be watched so you don't get caught in a heavy snowstorm or blizzard.
Dear Snowmobile Fans,
I am writing to you in behalf of your Heavenly Father. He is seeking you like a lost sheep. You remember the Bible story? It is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. But when he brings the sheep home one night, one is missing. He then leaves the 99 sheep and goes out into the wilderness until he finds that lost sheep.
In this parable the shepherd goes out to search for the one lost sheep-the very least that can be numbered. So if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. To read more click Sheep