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.

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
Larson’s favourite sled is his 1967 Johnson Skee Horse 20-inch track.
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Old Sled Zone: 1967 Johnson Skee Horse

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1967 Johnson Skee Horse

by Kyle Born
Some of Larson's Yamaha's are on display in Lorne's Vintage Sleds
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Old Sled Zone: 1982 Yamaha SRX

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1982 Yamaha SRX

by Kyle Born
(L to R) Lorne Larson and Valdy Stephonson, president of America Vintage Snowmobile Association, pose with a 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master, which got kiboshed because the public didn’t like the name.
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Old Sled Zone: 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master

by Kyle Born
An ’69 Ski-Doo Alpine Invader 640 ER.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

(L to R) Lorne Larson and Valdi Stefanson, president of the America Vintage Snowmobile Association, pose with a 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master, which got kiboshed because the public didn’t like the name.
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The owner of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds has “a crazy passion for old sleds”

Lorne Larson, owner of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, has a snowmobile collection of 140 classic sleds on display

by Kyle Born
Calvin Robinson with his 1970 Sno-Jet Super Sport.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A vintage Double Eagle Raider, spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's vintage rally in February.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

Here is a Skiroule S-400, sitting on the trailside.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A vintage baby-blue Snow Cruiser, spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's annual Show-and-Shine.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A partially restored John Deere 295/S snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: Inside the restoration project — 1974 John Deere 295/S

As you can see from this series of photos, Samek is well on his way to restoring this old John Deere to its former glory.

Person sitting on a Snow Cruiser sled.
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Old Sled Zone: A second 1960’s Snow Cruiser

The Snow Cruiser was built by Outboard Marine Corporation of Peterborough, Ontario.

Vintage snowmobiles at the Vintage Snowmobile Show in Saskatchewan.
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Old Sled Zone: Rare 1968 “Sail Master” Snowmobile & Top 10 Photos from the Saskatchewan Vintage Show

Thanks goes out to our go-to-vintage-sled guy, Sid Samek, who attended the Vintage Snowmobile Show held in Regina, Saskatchewan last weekend.