50th Anniversary Poster: 1974

Racing went professional in 1974 with the introduction of the “anything goes” Sno-Pro circuit. The Polaris team responds with a much lighter (Mostly magnesium and titanium) Starfire with an improved motor. The result: Polaris dominates Sno-Pro so much that at the the half-way mark of the season, the team spent more time helping the other teams with their equipment then they did on their own equipment.

One of the teams they helped was Gilles Villenuave from the Alouette team. Shortly before the World’s Championship, Gilles was in the Polaris truck working on his brakes with Jim Bernat. Gilles would win the race after Eastman’s engine blew on the last lap.

Stan Hayes comes out on top of Sno-Pro. Linblad, Bassett and Pesek win the Sault St. Marie I-500. The Cross-Country boys continue their reign of dominance.


The passion, triumph, dominance and tragedy of one of the most successful
efforts in motorsports: The Polaris Professional Race Team


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