SCORPION TRIVIA - 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. - @scorpionsleds @cuyuna_lakes #scorpionsnowmobiles #cuyunalakes
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. - @redravenbike @cuyuna_lakes @scorpionsleds #scorpionsnowmobiles
Next time you are in Crosby, Minnesota, check-out the Scorpion collage on display at the The Crosby Bar and Grill. While there, treat yourself to one of their excellent burgers. (The Crosby Bar and Grill is located adjacent to the former Snow Hut location, once dubbed "the largest Scorpion dealer in the world.") - @cuyuna_lakes @scorpionsleds #cuyunalakes #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. Additional details to follow. (Image features original 1972 290cc) - @cuyuna_lakes @scorpionsleds #scorpionsnowmobiles #scorpionhomecoming
GROUP PHOTO from the Antique Snowmobile Club of America recent driving tour of former Scorpion Snowmobiles locations in the Crosby-Ironton area, pictured here with staff and volunteers of the Soo Line Depot Museum. During their visit to the museum, ASCOA members enjoyed the 1963 Scorpion on display, as well as other items of note, including the Man High Project and Milford Mine Disaster. – From left to right: Dave Guenther, Jack Palokangas, Les Pinz, Tony Rolfes, Dave Johnson, Brian Smith, Steve Pierce, Deb Harrison, Randy Harrison, Nancy Johnson, Trevor Gottschalk, Shirlee Bengtson, Myrna Nelson, Kathy Novak, Donald Christiansen and Joan Stefano. – This photo is from the first-ever Antique Snowmobile Club of America and Scorpion Snowmobiles Open House and Driving Tour (conducted July 14, 2018). A similar Scorpion-themed event is being planned for the summer of 2019 (continue to follow this thread for details). – Image courtesy Brenda Backberg Booth Klippenes and Crosby-Ironton Courier. #scorpionsnowmobiles
ATTENDEES VISITED THE PORTAGE LAKE TRAIL which runs through a portion of Trail-A-Sled's (later renamed to Scorpion Snowmobiles) original test track (active in the 1960’s and early 1970’s). Found north east of Riverton, Minnesota, the Portage Lake Trail is a lovely interpretive trail, open to the public. The test track location is approximately 100 yards to the east of the parking area, along the trail leading to Portage Lake (the test track runs north and south, perpendicular to the trail). An interpretive sign is planned for the near future, which discusses the test track. Parking is available along Iverson Road at GPS 46.475254, -94.037869 and a fascinating website discussing the trail and its history can be found here, https://www.crowwing.us/1053/Portage-Lake-Trail -- First-ever ASCOA and @scorpionsleds Summer Open House and Driving Tour (conducted July 14, 2018). A similar Scorpion-themed event is being planned for the summer of 2019 (continue to follow this thread for details)
THE DEVASTATING 1967 FIRE forced the company into these temporary, city-owned Quonset huts where a make-shift assembly line was once again producing Scorpions, in only fifteen days! -- First-ever Antique Snowmobile Club of America and @scorpionsleds Summer Open House and Driving Tour (conducted July 14, 2018). -- A similar Scorpion-themed event is being planned for the summer of 2019 (continue to follow this thread for details).
ATTENDEES CHECKED OUT the extremely rare 1963 Scorpion on display at the Crosby Soo Line Depot. -- Thank you Soo Line Depot staff for the warm hospitality and commitment to preserving local treasures like this historic snowmobile. Participants also enjoyed a fascinating oral history of the Man High Project and Milford Mine Disasters. Next time you are in Crosby, Minnesota, don’t miss this museum! – Highlights from our first-ever ASCOA and @scorpionsleds Open House and Driving Tour (conducted July 14, 2018) -- A similar Scorpion-themed event is being planned for the summer of 2019 (continue to follow this thread for details). #scorpionsnowmobiles