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History of the first snowmobile
History of the 1st Snowmobile
The first snowmobile ever made might be questionable, we do know that
the first marketed snowmobile machine
(that most closely resembles snowmobiles of today) was built in 1917
 
   

The first Eliason snowmobile was built by Carl Eliason in 1924
The small snowmobile displayed a front mounted liquid cooled 2.5 HP
outboard engine, slide rail track guides, wooden cleats,
 rope controlled steering skis and two-up seating.

In 1927, the first patent for a snowmobile was issued to Carl J. Eliason of
Sayner, Wisconsin. The patent listed Eliason's invention as a snow machine.

Snowmobile History eiliason
   
army snowmobile tank

 

 

   
Bogonna Snowmobile Lorch Snow Plane
The Bogonna was first built in 1958 in St Boniface, Manitoba.
Commercial production started in 1960 to 1963 offering two models, the Pony with a 7 hp Wisconsin engine and the Super with a 9.2 hp Wisconsin engine.
Carl Lorch of Spyhill Saskatchawan built the Lorch Snowplane.
Carl built 418 machines from 1932 to 1956.
The Loch was equip with 3 skis then changed to 4 skis.
   
Ski-Doo Twin Track
The double track of Bombardier. In 1963 this sled was called RD-8
The name changed to Alpine in 1965
Tucker Snow cat
Tucker Sno-Cat Corporation has been the leader in snow machine engineering and development since inception. Family inventors since the 1920's,
  Tucker Sno Cat History Page
nazi snowmobile  
   
In 1958, Joseph-Armand Bombardier designed the modern snowmobile. Bombardier is considered the father of snowmobiling who began commercial production and marketing of the Ski-Doo snowmobile in 1959. Joseph-Armand Bombardier was the first person to successfully market snowmobiles. He was granted a Canadian patent in 1960 and a U.S. patent in 1962 for his endless track vehicle aka snowmobile.

Bombardier Museum

Joseph-Armand Bombardier and the History of Snowmobiling

Snowmobile coming down the Mississippi River to Hastings 1910
   
Ski Bird Boatel Bozak Power Toboggan 
Boatel built a contemporary type of sled called the Ski-Bird by Boatel. Mike Bosak invented the Bosak Power Toboggan for winter travel over the snow. At peak production his operation employed three men, as well as himself. He was one of the earliest Canadians to manufacture and sell a snow machine.
   
Ski Daddler Snowmobile
Image from Tom's Classic snowmobiles
Scampur Sled
Image from David's Vintage Snowmobile page
   

Scorpion snowmobile

Scorpion snowmobile manufacturing

In 1964, 20 people were employed in the Scorpion snowmobile manufacturing business. There were eight different models with speed options reaching 40 mph. Trail-A-Sled's molded rubber track gave the business an edge. Most other snowmobile makers were using steel cleats, which were noisy and not as fast.

By 1966,  the business began construction on an 38,500 square foot assembly plant that produced 180 snowmobiles each day. 

       

Tucker Sno-Cat 

photograph of a snow sleigh or ice sled powered by an engine

snowmobile proto type
       
Sno-Jet snowmobile 1971, ? 1964, 65, 66
Sno-Jet History  
Sno-Jet , In October of 1964,  Sno-Jet was Born. The first year consisted of 25 units total. In April of 1965 the first engineer was hired and almost 100 more employees the following seasons production increases to 1150 snowmobiles. 1966 was the first year that Sno-Jet was sold in the USA.  Enjoy this brief History
Mercury Snowmobile History Page Mention Mercury snowmobiles and what immediately comes to most people's minds are images of low-slung, lightweight, white-hooded crotch rockets, sweeping up the Big Four's sleds like they weren't even there, dominating and defining performance in the mid-70's. But mention a 150E or a Rocket and most folks will scratch their heads and say "I don't remember those." Mercury Snowmobile History Page, Mercury snowmobiles
1969 Tundra Ski-Doo The Skiroule was one of two 440 cc IFS sleds built for the 1975-76 season. It was driven by brother Jacque Villeneuve. Jacque went on to become a 3-time world champion and is still racing. Gilles was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1988. Museum
Snowmobile History vintage sled show Russian Snowmobile Arctic Cat Snowmobile racing

 

Yamaha 1963 Yamaha 1969

1968 The SL350
The root of all Yamaha snowmobiles, this stylish,
white machine was introduced as a test model

The 1969 SL351, Yamaha's first full production model,
 introduced oil injection and slide-valve carburetors
 to the snowmobile industry - features that are still in use today.

History of The National Snowmobile Straightline Racing

NSSR has officially been in existence since 1986. Snowmobiles began speed run racing in the 1970’s and by the early 1980’s there were a number of exotic unlimited sleds with V8’s and outboard motors including the Budweiser Sno-King. The need for a professional organization was discussed by many of the “Speed Run Racers” in the early 1980’s and led to the establishment of the National Snowmobile Straightline Racing organization which became known as NSSR. Clubs - History - Vintage

 

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