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The Quest To Conquer Winter

Mike Bosak with late model Bosak Power Taboggan

"The first snowmobile race was held the day they made the second snowmobile." Anonymous

America's great era of motorized transportation was underway. Orville and Wilbur Wright proved man could fly. Henry Ford revolutionized the automotive industry, building interchangeable parts and mass-producing his cars on a unique assembly line.

But there was still winter with which to contend. There were heavy snows and unpassable drifts which rendered wheeled vehicles useless. The need to conquer traveling despite the snow generated a continuing wave of creations for that express purpose.

In 1913, Virgil D. White, a Ford automobile dealer in West Ossipee, New Hampshire, invented a caterpillar-type tracked unit which could be mounted to the rear axle of a Ford car, along with a set of skis for the front end, complete with independent suspension arms.

There were others similar to it, before and after, but White applied for a patent on his particular invention and was granted a copyright on the name he gave it.

He named it the "Snowmobile."


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