SCORPION TRIVIA -- The Trail-A-Sled air sled (predecessor to the Scorpion snowmobile) deployed an interesting automotive headlight system. An aftermarket single-to-dual conversion kit was used, and custom ground to mirror the contours of the air sled.
SCORPION TRIVIA -- Proudly displayed at the Deerwood True Value Hardware Store, you will find a rare 1965 model year Scorpion snowmobile. This 1965 was among the first Scorpions to feature the firm's newly patented rubber track. Offered in turquoise or pale red, 575 of these nimble little machines were manufactured for 1965, and offered at a retail price of $795. Lightweight, stylish and fun, the 1965 was a big hit in the marketplace and foretold several years of exponential growth for the firm. (Note, the 1964 model featured a cleated track and the 1966 brought-in a steel tunnel.) #scorpionsnowmobiles
The Cuyuna Lakes Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming 2019 page is up and running! Check-out this link to learn all the details of the February 2nd, 2019 event! http://www.trailasled.com/hc-20190202 #scorpionsnowmobiles #scorpionhomecoming #cuyunalakes #cuyunalakescontest
SCORPION TRIVIA -- When Trail-A-Sled, Inc. (eventually Scorpion Snowmobiles) brought seat production in-house, the firm leased the former Erickson Chevrolet building and set-up vacuum formed seat manufacturing for the very first time (approx 1965). Through many changes, this sturdy building now stands as Red Raven Bike Cafe (http://www.redraven.bike/). #scorpionsnowmobiles
SCORPION TRIVIA — On display at Crosby, Minnesota's historic Soo Depot Museum (a part of the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network) you will find an extremely rare early model 1963 Scorpion snowmobile. Donated to the museum by co-founders Glen Gutzman and Dick Harrison in 1980, this little machine reflects the company's early forays into tracked snowmobile production. In this case, although labor intensive, plywood, fiberglass and lumber construction were deployed atop a cleated track suspension. Only 25 of these machines were produced, and a handful remain today. If you haven't seen this machine, be sure to check it out at the Soo Line Depot Museum, open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The museum also contains a wealth of Cuyuna Range historical information. Don't miss it!
Following the devastating fire of 1967, Trail-A-Sled, Inc. (later Scorpion Snowmobiles) set-up a make-shift assembly line in the former Inland Steel Quonset huts located in NW Crosby. In only 15 short days, Scorpions were once again being shipped to distributors and the following summer, a brand-new manufacturing campus was opened to meet ever-increasing demand for Scorpions. This amazing turn-around story, from certain ruin to top-two domestic manufacturer of snowmobiles, remains among the most miraculous turn-around stories in the history of Minnesota manufacturing. #scorpionsnowmobiles
SCORPION STINGERETTE is your 2019 Scorpion Homecoming feature sled! Sporting the industry’s first-ever snowmobile specifically designed for women, the Scorpion Stingerette featured easy-starting displacements and a hot pink color scheme affectionately labeled "Gleaming Midnight Sun Magenta." All model years (1972-1974) and engine sizes will be featured at the Homecoming, both original and restored, including both the standard Stingerette as well as the Super Stingerette. Eight trophies will be awarded for these feature sleds alone, so get yours ready and get yourself out to the 15th Annual Scorpion Homecoming, Saturday February 2, 2019 held in conjunction with the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce Annual Fishing Contest. No where else will you see this many Stingerettes together in one place, ever. If you are a fan, you can't miss this one. Additional details to follow. (Image features original 1972 290cc). #scorpionsnowmobiles
JUST SOME of the many Scorpion racers, dealers and collectors who joined us for the first-ever Scorpion Snowmobiles Summer Open House and Driving Tour (July 14, 2018). At this stop, the group visited the original Trail-A-Sled, Inc. offices and manufacturing facility. Amazingly, the building still stands today. Noted in this photograph is co-founder Dick Harrison who together with Glen Gutzman and Stub Harrison founded the company in 1959, in this small Lakeview district garage. #scorpionsnowmobiles
HIGHLIGHTS from the first-ever Scorpion Snowmobiles Summer Open House and Driving Tour (July 14, 2018) #scorpionsnowmobiles
A nice piece in honor of Glen E. Gutzman, published by our good friends at Snow Goer Magazine. It's a good read!