Old Sled Zone

Welcome to the wonderful world of vintage snowmobiles

It's sometimes unfathomable the changes that have occurred in the snowmobiling industry since the first sleds came out. Snow machines have evolved from pretty basic models to today's highly specialized units carefully designed for particular terrain and purpose. For many sledders, there is great nostalgia in those early snowmobiles, and older riders have fond memories of family time on sleds when they were young. That evocation of times gone by seems to be, at least in part, why we find the value in vintage snowmobiles and love to see them brought back to good-as-new condition.

This black vintage snowmobile has red squares along the side with a white stripe underneath
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Old Sled Zone: 1976 Yamaha SRX 340 factory race sled

Calvin Robinson has a sweet-looking 1976 Yamaha SRX 340 factory race sled

John Deere Liquifire 440, black and yellow in colour.
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Old Sled Zone: 1980’s John Deere Liquifire

John Deere machines spent a relatively brief appearance on the competitive snowmobile scene back in late 1970's and early 1980's

Kris Peltzer is shown here riding an old Arctic Cat 440 complete with custom Mac Tools tool box strapped on the back of his machine.
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Old Sled Zone: Annual Poker Run and Vintage Ride in Cranbrook, B.C.

The Cranbrook Snowmobile Club held their annual Poker Run and Vintage Ride in February, attracting riders from as far away as Ontario and Saskatchewan.

A red vintage Scorpion Trail-A-Sled snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: Late 1960’s (?) Trail-A-Sled Scorpion

The Trail-A-Sled marketing slogan was “The only way to LIVE in winter!”

Speedway snowmobile, painted metallic blue in colour, with crossed American flags logo and 'Speedway' painted on side.
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Old Sled Zone: 1972 Speedway “the blue Ferrari”

This 1972 Speedway 440 Kohler FA is owned by Alberta Relic Riders’ member Kelly Grant

1973 Ski-Doo Blizzard, painted yellow and red.
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Old Sled Zone: Award-winning 1973 Ski-Doo Blizzard Rotax 298 FA

Congratulations to Jerry Kallal on his award-winning vintage Ski Doo Blizzard

An impressive vintage Arctic Cat Trail cat, along with an equally impressive vintage helmet.
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Old Sled Zone: 1980 Arctic Cat Trail Cat — Purring on the Trail

The Arctic Cat Trail Cat was considered a workhorse in the Arctic Cat lineup in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

A Ski-Doo 340 model.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s Ski Doo 340 & “The Silver Bullet”

What made the Silver Bullets unique from the more traditional Ski-Doo's, like the 340 model pictured?

A trio of vintage sleds on an Edmonton area trail.
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Old Sled Zone: A Salute to a Family Vintage Snowmobile Ride

Old sled or new sled, why not take the family out snowmobiling before the end of the season?

A sporty-looking little Moto-Ski sled
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Old Sled Zone: 1979 Moto-Ski

Moto-Ski snowmobiles had a colourful and interesting heritage in the snowmobile industry.

A beautifully restored Arctic Cat Jag
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Old Sled Zone: 1981 Arctic Cat Jag

Arctic Cat first introduced the popular Jag model back in 1976.

A Polaris factory XCR sled, customized to boost horsepower.
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Old Sled Zone: 1996 Polaris XCR 600 — customized

SnoRiders reader Cam Webber says he has owned his customized snowmobile for over 6 years and it's still a fun ride.

A vintage 1970's Mercury snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s Merc Snowmobile

Mercury snowmobiles had a rich history in the 1970's snowmobile racing world.

1972 Ski Doo Blizzard 645 Race Sled
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Old Sled Zone: 1972 Ski Doo Blizzard 645

This hot looking "muscle" sled undoubtedly set the pace on many a racetrack throughout the snowbelt in the 1970's.

A snowmobile out on a snowy field.
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Old Sled Zone: 1977 John Deere Cyclone 440 restoration project

RVwest reader Sid Samek has finished up another restoration project - a John Deere Cyclone 440 snowmobile

An Eskimo snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: 1975 Eskimo Snowmobile

The Eskimo snowmobile is a bit of a rare breed - it was only produced for a very short time in Quebec.

A Roll-o-Flex sled.
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Old Sled Zone: Classic 1974 Roll-O-Flex 440

The circa 1970's Roll-o-Flex snowmobile was considered leading edge back in the day

A vintage John Deere sled.
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Old Sled Zone: JD “Green Machine” spied

These popular machines in the familiar green colour came with the tagline, “Nothing Runs Like a Deere.”

Larson’s 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650-cc Factory Grass Drag Sled is No. 28 of 35 ever built.
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Old Sled Zone: 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc

by Kyle Born
The 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc is an oddball—and Larson loves it.
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Old Sled Zone: 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc

by Kyle Born