Brad Hulings 1977 340 – originally Don Omdahl’s 250, this one of the first two IFS machines ever built at Polaris and the only one that survives today.
The mighty Polaris Race truck and trailer – nearly a complete factory on wheels – 1977.
Great shot of Brad Hulings pushing his 440 across the line, thinking he had to get it across to get the points for the Hetteen Cup. But the joke was on him, he had already won it!
Just before Alexandria, Olav Aaen showed Midnight Blue Express race manager Bob Eastman a new type of stud he had invented that pointed to the right of the machine in an effort to keep the back end from coming loose from the ice covering the race track. The team tried them and they were amazing. So much so that Eastman bought every single one Olav had, It was way more than he needed, but that kept any of the competitors from getting them!
Pictured is Jerry Bunke installing them one one of his machines – note the tin covering the steering on that machine, I have never seen that before. I can’t tell who is installing them on one of Hulings machines in the second photo.
Steve Thorsen and an assistant finding ways to go faster.
So many awesome RXL’s lined up! Jerry Bunke in the background, Larry Rugland working on that suspension in the foreground.
The business end of the Polaris race truck, Dalton Lissell on the edge.
Steve Thorsen and the crew working on delicate adjustments to one of his 1978 440 machines.
Standing: Steve Thorsen, Jan Hedlund, Greg Hedlund, unknown (standing) Jim Bernat (sitting). Unknown next to the sled.
Not 100% sure, but I believe this is Brad Hulings 340 from 1978.