As you read the new topic posted November 22nd you probably thought it was another Happy Thanksgiving post since it falls on that day, or for the older members that date is remembered in history as the day JFK was assassinated, and for some strange reason us older folks all remember what we were doing and where we where at that particular dark day.
This post is about neither, but about why we are all here enjoying the sport. On November 22nd marks the 80th anniversary of the first snowmobile patent. At that time it was called a motor toboggan which through the years eventually became the snowmobile.
The Smithsonian Magazine has recognized this event in their November Issue:
80 YEARS AGO: Cold Fusion
Wisconsin inventor Carl Eliason patents the first snowmobile November 22, 1927. Earlier snow vehicles were modified cars; Eliason, working in his garage, turns bicycle parts, an outboard engine and a pair of skis into a "motor toboggan." Though often ranked with leaf blowers as supremely irritating noisemakers, in 2006 more than 160,000 snowmobiles are sold worldwide.
I ventured up to Sayner Wisconsin, "Birth Place of the Snowmobile" and snapped a few photo’s of the original motor toboggan which I posted below.
If you’re your interested learning more about Carl Eliason and his invention you can visit their site at www.eliason-snowmobile.com
Thanks and Have a Happy Thanksgiving