Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: 1970’s Johnson Rampage

Old Sled Sighting: 1970’s Johnson Rampage

A vintage Johnson Rampage spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's rally in February 2017.
A vintage Johnson Rampage spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's rally in February 2017. Photo courtesy Doug Williamson

Over the summer we are pleased to rewind our most popular Old Sled Sightings from our SnoRiders Old Sled Zone page by re-posting the Top 10 most popular posts from last year.

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach. Do you have an Old Sled story or photos to share?  Email SnoRiders at [email protected]

We are pleased to re-run these Top 10 most popular Old Sled Sightings postings, ranked by the number of people reached each week with our Facebook postings. We had a tie for #10.

#7 - Old Sled Sighting: 1970’s Johnson Rampage — (Reach 866)

Here’s another vintage sled found at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club’s vintage rally back in February.

These baby-blue Johnson Rampage snowmobiles are a vintage collector’s dream. They are a bit hard to find but the little machines have enough personality to make the search worthwhile. As this photo shows, they shine up really nicely at a vintage show or rally.

Here’s how Johnson positioned the Rampage in their ads back in 1971: “Hit the trails on a Rampage! 32 HP from 437 cc’s—rally-styled windshield, suede, black accents, agile but tough.” Then there was the Light-Trac model – “25 HP, loop-charged 2-cylinder engine, hill-country ruggedness.”

The ad continued, “Pour it on—with hair-trigger acceleration and sizzling top speed! Our trail-tested features include: twin-coil ignition, compression relief, fuel injection for fast, deep-cold starts, lockout neutral for safe high-idle warm ups, torque-sensor drive, automatically meets hill and load demands, fade-resistant caliper disc brakes, precision steering, sealed bogie wheel bearings, maintenance-free deep-molded, seamless 15” track, lug-driven to eliminate sprocket holes and their wear, low-vibration engine specially developed (not just converted) for snowmobiling. Sealed beam headlights.”

“Some of these aren’t available as options on other makes—they’re standard on ours,” the ad concluded.

The Johnson snowmobiles carried the tag line, “First in dependability.” They were manufactured by the Johnson Motors company of Waukegan, Illinois, which was a division of the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC).

Got a vintage snowmobile story or photos to share? Email: [email protected]

 

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