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questions you may have...For all you guys who have shared and have given me the ok to label the pictures as the SITES pictures... I REALLY APPRECIATE it and shows where your heart is.. This site will continue to grow and if you want to join and be a true part of it I welcome you... Thanks Howard
1972 Terry Magnuson Pres. Viking Snowmobiles and Forrest Tucker in front of River Bend Viking Sales in East Grand Forks, MN. My dad is on the Viking that my brother raced in the 500.”
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I have started this website to share detailed information and pictures of the Viking snowmobile and manufacturer. I think there is a need to preserve the history of these machines. There are so many people who know so much and well when they are gone so is the information..... The off brand sleds had a lot of influence in keeping the larger manufacturers on their toes and they don’t get the credit they deserve. It is easy to take a path that so many have taken, it is the person that ventures off the beaten path that finds the treasures. These and other “odd ball” manufacturers are worth looking at in detail. I currently have 12 viking snowmobiles of my own I am looking forward to restoring most of them........ I will be posting pictures of my restorations on this site ...I ask anyone who has information or pictures please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to share this information given to me with EVERYONE. I have plans on dedication pages for people who have helped this site. Maybe a Viking Club in the future? Tell me what you guys think?... I would love to see factory photos, sleds crated in front of dealerships, old viking dealership photos any information you care to share. I have some pretty cool surprises in very near future so stay tuned. Please when sending in pictures send as much information on them as you can like year taken and possible location of pictures. Thanks Howard Billington.... You can reach me at email@example.com
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I have not updated for a little while but hope to find some time soon! Here are a few new pictures never seen before...
Eric was nice enough to send me these cool photos of memorabilia he has in his collection for me to share! Enjoy and please don’t forget I am always looking for new material!
As promised a picture of a 66 #4. The owner of this sled is Eric M.
Tyler did the restoration on it about ten years ago. Nice job! Thanks for sharing. I have some more surprises from Eric I am sure you guys will like, please check back for the update.
I received these items from Ron a few months ago and have been so busy with the show sleds I didn’t have the time to post the pictures of them. These photos are exactly what I would like to see on this site. The more information the more history saved! Ron Raced Vikings and test drove the Vikings. His Father was a dealer back in the day and was very involved with a lot of the prototype stuff Viking was trying. I hope to have a lot more information soon. Enjoy!
Here is Jerre and I taking the best display trophy at the nationals in Boonville NY. People really liked our display... I don’t think we ever stopped talking to the spectators from the time they opened the gate till closing. It was great to see and finally meet Charlie V and Lee Fredrickson. and many others. I will post more pictures soon. Thanks everyone for the support.. Howard
This just in from Rollin! He says this is the last Item found at the Ashland plant that has to do with a Snowmobile..Thanks for Sharing with us Rollin!!!
I received this email today.. It really means a lot that he took the time to write me and show his appreciation.. I figured I would share it with all.. Thanks Rollin!
I would like to thank you for compiling and maintaining the history of the design, manufacturing and numbering sequence for the Viking snowmobile.
Even though the Viking snowmobile manufacturing lasted only ten years many of their early innovations are still in use today, ie lower motor mount installation,
fiberglass belly pans, aluminum tunnels to name a few. Your tenacity, to detail is recognized by fans and collectors of the more popular brands of snowmobiles.
I appreciate your website and the comments posted along with pictures you share with other collectors. I know as you continue to research and uncover more
details of this relatively smaller brand of snowmobile you will be sharing your information. With your knowledge and the current racing success this snowmobile
will be remembered for some time.
Tyler on his sled with man’s best friend! Thanks for sharing, cool picture!!!
The 66 Viking restoration is now up just go to the restoration link on the right!!!
Howard, here's the Vike I built for my daughter for vintage runs. Brought it to a couple of recent shows and won people's choice at both events! Has a 250cc spirit with a Blackmagic open tuner, custom tank, lowered hood. Graphic changed to a female profile as "Skadi" is the Viking goddess of winter and hunting which I thought fit my daughter who is a sledder and an archer. Hope you like it!..R.R
I love it R.R.!!! Thanks for sharing the photos and thinking of the site!
Purple Pete... AKA...Polaris Pete Enjoying his 76 in NH this past weekend.. He called me first thing monday morning and told me how much fun and how quick that little purple sled was.. I think it was the cool suit you had on made you think you were going fast... Thanks Pete for sending in the pictures and thinking of the site....Howard
The 650 Vanquisher catching some air!!
Here are a few pictures sent in from Steve and Eric.. These sleds have been in the family a long time as you will see the last photo shows two of them in
Glacier park back in the day.. I love this Body style I hope to have one in my collection one day.... Thank you Steve and Eric for sharing!
The three Vikings need a little dusting off
Looking pretty NICE!
VIKING Sleds are kicking some tail at Eagle River...Hats off to you guys who put the time and money in these sleds to give us Viking fans something to be proud of!!! Thanks Chris Sturgeleski and Pete Reber for thinking of this site to share all of this GREAT NEWS and pictures... It really is exciting to see Vikings living up to there name “The Proud One”
This picture is of Pete Reber and Team Vigilante Racing of St.Joseph Minnesota at Eagle River winning the relic Mod Single Champion.. He also says he couldnt have done it without the help of some other Viking owners such as Jay Stanger and Surge aka Viking22x. He says he worked hard for this to make us all proud and I can say this Pete.. Anyone who owns a Viking win or loose, show or race makes me proud and winning is just icing on the cake!!! It gives us all something to strive for..
****MORE GREAT NEWS****
Chris Stugeleski also sent me in a picture of his beautiful wife and her friend sitting on his sled.. He says the first race he entered he won.. I say he was a winner before he even got to the track! Thanks again to both of you guys and a big CONGRATULATIONS!!! to both of you! Keep up the good work..
These pictures sent in from Chris Sturgeleski..
Welcome to the board have fun and good luck with your sled! Please tell us how you make out this race season...
Here are a few buttons I was given from Bryan G. When I was out running around MN and ND
Jerre Bassler and I taking home a few trophies from the NJ sled show. Thanks to Andy, Grey and Dan for putting on a great show!
I am back with some new information and pictures...Hope you enjoy!!!
This picture was sent in from Tyler J. He said he found two sleds that were from the Magnuson family... The man in the picture is the one and only TR Magnuson. Tyler says he is very happy to have these sleds and looks forward to cleaning them up.. Great find and can’t wait for more pictures.. I can’t tell you guys enough.. Thanks for sharing photos and stories, without them this site would not exist! PLEASE DON’T BE SHY.... Email me anything you have, I will be more then happy to post it. Thanks Howard
Vikings Invade NY is now up.. Who said NY wasn’t Viking Country? Thanks to Greg
Hudson for sharing these photos with us.
Side hood decal sets for the 72 and newer sleds. The Vanquisher is original decal the Vigilante is the reproduction. A more brilliant white due to the age of the original... I also have the model and engine size decals available done just like the original screen printed on clear vinyl.. Please email or call me if interested.. Thanks Howard
Here is a Picture I found on the net of a Viking in the I 500. Was told the number never finished the race. This picture was donated to this site from Don Mclennan and the racers name was
New!!!!! Here comes the word again....... “Prototype” LOL... These Pictures were sent in from Eric and Steve M. Driving the sled was Eric, location was Yellowstone and the year 1970. Look at that seat and hood. Love the helmet and suit patches. How did those old sleds run in the higher elevations? I am sure there is many a story on that... Thanks Eric and Steve for sharing. I find this so interesting seeing all the different hood designs, seats, decals and patches. Mystery I would say not but the true evolution of the Viking snowmobile and its manufacturer... pretty cool stuff!
Boonville NY The Viking line up Aug 4, 2012
Jerre and I bought out a few of our Vikings to show and made some new friends in the process.
I will be posting a Vikings invade NY section shortly. Had a great Time hope to see more Vikings in the East make it to the shows..
This plaque was sent to me from the Viking Land Chalet a dealership in MN. The women said it was a pretty cool place with all the metal flake colors and the big stone fireplace. Hope to have some pictures to post soon
This picture was sent in from Jerre B. of his Viking collection in their new home. It’s very nice to see all the colors and I am sure he has a few more sleds coming to add to this collection.. Thanks for the picture Jerre!
Searching the web one day I stumbled on this... I called Jim Smith the Vice President and asked them if they had any thing left from the championship show with my sled on it. We exchanged small talk about many aspects of showing sleds and before we got off the phone, he asked for my address. Jim sent me magnets (dash plaques) a show program (picture above) and a full size poster.. Thanks Jim and all the guys at WSVSA
These guys have one hell of a site and are great bunch of guys.. Here is a Link to the WSVSA. Check it out!
From the beginning I said I would thank everyone who helps me in my quest for information and give them a dedication on my site to show my appreciation for what they have done and continue do for all of us......
My trip out to Twin Valley was a complete success. All because of the great people who helped me and pointed me in the right direction. Two people I would like to sincerely thank is David and Albin Erickson. I have tried and tried to get in touch with David and I just couldn’t get his contact info and one day Ron H (another story) calls me and says I have a man’s number you should give him a call, he would like to speak with you. I nearly fell off my chair when he said the man’s name David E. I immediately called him and told him I was heading out to Twin Valley and would like to meet him, he said I will be available, just tell me when. For all of you who don’t know who David is... He worked for Arctic Cat, then he became the VP of Viking in the early years from the first sled till about 71. He was also the person who built the first prototype (built in a week) with Vern Henrickson before Viking even existed. There is so much more to this man and I plan on a special display of all the material when I am finished with my Viking museum. We only had a short time together but their generosity made me feel like I was family...They were so happy to help me in my quest for information. They gave me items I never would have imagined. Then we went outside as we boxed up more parts I looked in the corner hanging were two green Viking suits with Polaris and Viking patches I asked David about them and he said they were my fathers and mothers would you like them? Of course..... I need green suits to show but as David explained the significance of these suits... I was even more proud to have these two suits in my collection. David’s Dad retired as chief engineer for Polaris and he wore a Viking suit. He explained to me how the Viking suit was easier to get in and out the way they placed the zipper across the chest and not up the center and also the zipper didn’t give you a rash at the neck due to this design. I couldn’t believe how my day was turning out...Then as I am loading my truck, Albin comes out with his dad’s Viking brief case. I couldn’t believe this, they were going to open it in front of me. It really was an exciting moment. I told them to wait let me get my camera to capture this special moment. (see pictures below) After it was opened they handed me the brief case too, filled with all the information and the items they so kindly gave me.... This is one day I will never forget. We owe a lot to this man!!!
David and Albin!!!
I have been out of town for a few days and took a short trip to the town where they manufactured Viking Snowmobiles. I wanted to get pictures of what still exists and what is currently on the property where the Viking factory once stood. I met so many GREAT people in such a short time.... I am grateful for all the items and Information I received from everyone and the time they took out of their lives to show me all the things I wanted to see.. I will post pictures from my road trip and show you some of the things I found running the tires off my truck. I would like to thank David E, Doug A, Bryan G, Ron H, Butch M, Matt T and family, Russ F, Bob T, Cole and everyone at the Twin Valley Heritage Center.. I really appreciate everything you guys have done. Please check the main page often for updates!!!! THANK YOU.. Howard Billington
Pictures from the Heritage Center in Twin Valley
Picture shows were the spud house once stood. For people who don’t know, This is where Vikings R&D, storage for parts and welding operations were done.
Here are a few Items I found they are all 2 oz bags filled with the correct metal flake colors.
This is my wolf in sheep’s clothing... While in MN I went to a sled graveyard and this is what I left with a 71 Vanquisher with a true gold belly pan. With all the extra padding on the seat it preserved the seat
On my return trip back from Twin Valley I bought a Viking dealer out and the family offered me this sled. It is a really nice SS That has been in the barn for many years....So off to the Uhaul to get a trailer.. I will do a complete story on this in the future!
PICTURES OF THE PROTOTYPE VIKING ARE UP !!!!!
Doug K of ClassicVikingsnowmobiles.com called me and asked If I would be interested in sharing his photos on this site.. Well I am sure you know the answer to that!! I will also add a Vikings invade WI section for all of his material.. I think you guys better keep checking back as you are in for a shock when you see what he has in his collection never before seen ...Thanks Doug
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IRISH VIKING Sent in another photo of his finds.. LOOK at the brand new hood and belly pan... That blue hood looks mighty strange could it be another Viking prototype? John says Digging is paying off and I would have to agree.... Thanks for sharing John
Here’s a pretty cool find a NOS shock kit for the Viking SNO MOBILE.... Thought I would share a picture of it.
Here is three bulkheads primed and ready for paint. One Is for a 440 SS F/A.... Second one is for the 340C third one is for a 440 SS AX all 72 models. This is the NEW Viking assembly line in NY ...Howard
HAPPY TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY DAVID!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE !!!!!David Is Planning a big evening for his anniversary.. Check out his site for all the NEW updates. Here are a few things posted on the first page clearly showing why he puts the TIME and MONEY into this and there is only one word for it.. Love! I couldn’t resist taking a few of his cherished memories and post them up here to give a tribute to him and his family. I also hope we all can dig out our old photos and share them as they do no good sitting on a shelf getting dusty. I consider David a part of my family and letting us see pictures of his family and the story of why he loves sleds is the common thread that makes us Family. I also feel sharing the personal side is just as important as the sleds themselves...Howard B
MARCH 15, 2012
WELCOME TO THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVID'S VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE PAGE.
BEFORE I START, I WANT TO THANK MY BROTHER FOR FINDING A LOT OF THESE PICTURES. IT TOOKS MONTHS, HE LOOKED EVERYWHERE AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR HIS EFFORT.
I WOULD LIKE TO START THIS SPECIAL DAY WITH SOME HISTORY OF HOW I GOT INVOLVED IN SNOWMOBILING.
HERE IS A PICTURE OF MY GRANDFATHER PULLING MYSELF AND MY 3 BROTHERS ON A TOBOGGAN. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN DECEMBER 1963. YOU CAN SEE OUR 1957 CHEVY IN THE BACKGROUND.
MY BROTHERS AND I WERE ALWAYS OUT ENJOYING THE SNOW AND SCENERY
MY GRANDFATHER LIVED WITH MY GRANDMOTHER IN THE LAURENTIANS OF QUÉBEC. HE CUT ALL OF THIS WOOD BY BUCK SAW
HERE IS A PICTURE OF MY DOG. UNDER HIM ARE SNOWMOBILE TRACKS.
THESE WERE SOME OF THE FIRST SNOWMOBILE TRACKS THAT I EVER SAW. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL IN MY LIFE.
Here is the link to his site check it out ...
Here is a Picture of the Michigan Express!!! Special thanks to IRISHVIKING AKA (John) for finding this picture. He has been doing a lot of digging for us... Hoping we get more from him in the future..
NEW!! Here are a few Items that my friend Greg had that I couldn’t pass up. An original key fob from NY State and the 71 button. Thanks Greg for thinking of me and letting me share these cool pieces with everyone!
Here are two photos of Viking helmets. Thanks again Greg for giving me the chance to add to my collection and thanks Michael for sharing the picture of the purple helmet
Thought you guys would like to see this!
Howard Billington at the 2011 Expo...Although there were no Vikings. There were so many odd sled manufacturers a real treat from the “norm” I can’t say enough how the guys to our north treated us... It was like we were part of the family. The price for the swap and show was very reasonable....If you are looking to go to a show and swap and see things you probably have never seen before This is a must... If you are looking for a “Big Four” or a “Clone” show you will be wasting your time....This is the real deal!!! Thanks again for having us David and Crew... Please click on picture if you want to see more... Next year THE VIKINGS WILL INVADE the EXPO
This is a picture of my friend that has given me a lot to share with you guys. I am now in the possession of four of his sleds three personal and one he sold . He was a dealer from 68 up to the day Viking was no longer. When he offered me his two 76 sleds and all his parts, I couldn’t turn them down, it was an honor to be chosen to care for his Items that he cared so much about... So I plan on just cleaning the two 76 sleds and leaving them as originals, they really are in great shape to begin with. We shared some really good times on the phone and when I took the trip to meet him for the second time, I called him early in the morning and asked him if he wanted to go look at some Vikings he may have sold ..... His answer of course “lets go”.....As we drove around he shared with me some of his stories of years ago..... One story that sticks out was a -20 degree night ride and cookout with his friends he said with a chuckle “The hot dogs would freeze before they could get them to their mouth”. You could see in his eyes the fun he had and these times for him were priceless. When I was ready to leave he said come in I have something to show you, I walked in the door and he had in his hands a Viking dealer suit...He then offered it to me and I was so happy to have the chance to own this Item he really made my day. My collection really has come to life from the kindness of this man. All of this didn’t happen over night... I have talked to this man for well over a year and visited with him twice.. We established a friendship first and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The best part is another life long friend is made in the process that would have never happened without the common thread that ties us together..... Viking snowmobiles.... Thank you Cleo for everything... Howard Billington
Who Is this woman? Where was the picture taken? If anyone has any information please help us...
Four of my 76 vikings one with under 200 miles
76 440 console
Rollin Siegfried shows us the rear skid frame and tells the story of #42
I would like to offer a few original brochures I have for contributing to the site. I will send you one free of charge. Please help! If you have any information even if you want to remain anonymous thats fine email me. I would like to get some of the people who have worked in the factory or owned a Viking dealership. if you know someone who can help....... PLEASE contact me. Here is a picture of the brochure I will send. Thanks in advance Howard
Anyone have information on this sled?
Terry Magnuson & Forrest Tucker 1972
“This is my mom (Mrs Magnuson) at the West Yellowstone Roundup in 1967. That sled was the first Viking with a metal flake hood and she took 3rd place in the race”.
My friend Rollin sent me this Picture of a sign that use to hang from the factory
The Ghost of the Jackshaft Viking made sled???? A Viking prototype?..These stills were taken from the movie winter safari and no one seems to know anything about it. If you have any information please help!!!
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Can anyone tell me more about this picture?
Man You have to LOVE These pictures!
Special Thanks to all the people who have joined and shared pictures with us...
These are stills taken from 500 miles below zero movie starring Forrest Tucker