Vintage Snowmobile: ‘Rube Goldberg’—Moto-Ski GPS model

This uniquely complex sled definitely captured our attention at the recent Cranbrook Snowmobile Club vintage rally.

A complex and unique snowmobile.
Photo courtesy Doug Williamson

This year’s vintage sled turn out at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club’s vintage rally in February was nothing short of impressive.  A record number of vintage, antique and just-plain-cool old snowmobiles were on display—and the club handed out some nice prizes.

We at SnoRiders were once again grateful to club member and snowmobile enthusiast Doug Williamson who was on hand to snap a few photos. We’ll start out this series of great looking vintage snowmobiles with a rather unique one and maybe not so great looking.

This Rube Goldberg-ish machine definitely caught our eye. A stripped-down and ready-to-roar old GPS model Moto-Ski complete with a movie camera attached to the front of the frame.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine you ask?  Here’s a definition: 

A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor of such contraptions, Rube Goldberg. Over the years, the expression has expanded to mean any confusing or complicated system.

You gotta love the creativity of all vintage snowmobile enthusiasts, but this Rube Goldberg model blew us away—an oldie but goodie.

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