If you were a kid in 1978, the ads from Bates Leathers made you want to race about as much as the sleds, the smell of the racing fuel or the thought of doing 90 on shear ice.

This 1978 ad features Larry Coltom (Arctic Cat), Doug Hayes (Ski-Doo), Larry Rugland (Moto-Ski), Jerry Bunke (Midnight Blue Express), Jon Berard (Army – Arctic Cat) and Bob Huuselbus (Kalamazoo).

I have to say the designs for these suits far exceeds anything that is available today… clean, simple lines and great color. What more could you ask for?