About Phil & Snowmobiles

maccharlesMy brother Ric got me into sled racing in 1969. We started on Polaris Colts with those huge 372cc JLOs. We moved to Ski-Doo factory Blizzards and just kicked butt because nobody made a faster sled in the stock single classes with exception of a Cat or two with mod engines. I have no idea how we survived on those Doos with 26" ski stances or whatever they were. We didn't know they handled like crap so we were hanging off the left hoods to make them turn.

I started racing bikes in 1971 and Ric went on the USSA World series and did very well. 29 years later we attempted to get into vintage sled racing.

lakelawnI was painting custom sleds in the beginning and years later started molding my own hoods. I still dabble in sled stuff but most of my time is bikes. Currently I am in the process of making a race hood for ET250 Yamahas-the world's most undiscovered fun snowmobile and an RXL race hood for older Indys.

gpsled Spent a bloodly fortune on this Grand Prix by Boatel. Even had fuel injection. Howled like a banshee but it was using Nordic suspension so all it did was hop up and down. I was doing advertising for Boatel at the time. I had a frightful experience on a Polaris Colt-the hand grip came off in a corner. I never forgot that and encouraged Boatel to make the butterfly steering for the Grand Prix which they did.

Barber pole racing suits

barber pole snowmobile suits thIn 1973 a Hopkins, MN based Polaris dealership, Machines of Man, formed a racing team of its employees to promote sales. They employed stock Colts for the task and designed attention-getting uniforms for team recognition. Media coverage and word-of-mouth resulted.

The suits, designed by Phil Little, were based on the white Polaris two-piece suits offered at the time. 3 ½” bands of alternating red and blue stripes were sewn on to pants and jackets to create a barber pole effect.


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