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Another Family Sled Comes Home

#1 User is offline   SnoRunnerRacing Icon

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 08:16 PM

So for those who saw my post about me picking up the Jag & Lynx my Great uncle Doug sold brand new... wait until you hear this story...

Once again, I'm browsing Facebook pages, looking at snowmobiles for sale, etc. I just recently posted my 99 ZR 500 for sale because I wanted to buy a Bearcat of some sort. Found a 98 about 500km's away from me... meh don't really wanna drive that far. Scrolled some more, then I came across a 95 Bearcat 550.

So in 1995, Uncle Doug ordered one Bearcat as his "demo sled" for the season. He always had Cheetah's because he loved the utility sleds, so he got a Bearcat the first year they came out. At the end of the season, it was sold to a customer and away it went like dust in the wind. For those who never read my story on Doug, he was killed in a fire just a year later, so he only ever had two Bearcats; the 95 and the 96. The 96 was purchased by a gentleman in town who I believe still owns it.

So now you see where this story is going. I took a close look at the hood on this particular 95. I noticed two white stickers, on the back of the hood, and on top of the hood. I emailed the owner and asked if he could send me a photo of those decals, because those were the same style decals he used as his "dealership" decals. Sure enough I get an email 15min later.. "Sno Runner Sales & Service, Authorized Arctic Cat Dealer". My heart quickly began racing... I started sweating... I just found one of Uncle Doug's Bearcats.

A quick plea to the girlfriend asking for remaining funds for the sled, a 45min drive from home, and I ended up with the 95 Bearcat in the back of my truck. It still runs... only has 3000 miles on the spedo, it is solid, other than it needs some tremclad and elbow grease. I started to notice too that it still has the original Cat green AWS spindle covers, ski skins, and hood vents, which I found out, Uncle Doug installed them himself.

I now have a very important piece to my collection, and I am looking forward to enjoy this sled in the years to come.

Once again, a Sno Runner sled has come home.....

SnoRunnerRacing

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1970 Panther 399
1972 Lynx 292(#359)
1976 Pantera 5000
1979 Jag 3000 F/A
1979 Lynx 2000T
1981 El Tigre 6000
1995 Bearcat 550
1998 ZR 500 (Early Build)

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:48 PM

Very cool story. Congrats!!

Similar story, w/out the degree of sentimentality. In about 2004 or so I sold an 01 Triple Touring, because my wife felt it was too heavy for her, and had a stiff throttle. A nice guy drove about 4 hours to pick it up. I really liked the sled and asked him to let me know if he ever decided to sell it. A few years later, he gave me the call. I told him at the time it just wasn't a fit for me...too many sleds at the time. Since then, I've seen the sled show up twice (2 different owners) on Craigslist within 300 miles of me. I know it's mine, because of a particular piece of velcro that I had on the dash below the gauges, for my gps antenna. It is a unique feeling when you first see something of yours online for sale.
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