Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bombardier B-12 snowmobile

from http://www.flickr.com/photos/djipibi/4373984169/sizes/o/in/photostream/

from http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/06/14/from-the-hemmings-nation-flickr-pool-a-trip-in-a-bombardier/

1957 B-12 , powered by a Chrysler Industrial straight six and three speeds with lever steering column. Denis customized the invention of the legendary Joseph-Armand Bombardier, replacing the wheels of the slides in the center by maple to give the vehicle more stability in loose snow. http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/monvolant/descarries/2009/01/27/traverse-bombardier-et-mise-au-point/

Garett Walker Sledheads
I had heard about a vintage snowmobile rally in Eganville and it piqued my curiosity. With a growing interest in documenting regional cultural festivals in Canada, and as an outsider to snowmobile culture, I made my way northeast towards the Ottawa Valley. I’ve been documenting some of the lesser known Canadian cultural festivals, celebrations, and rituals of the present, attempting to construct an understanding of my own relationship to the multifarious notion of Canadian identity.

I have been documenting regional cultural events that are seldom seen outside their locales. These events are traditions that are important in building and maintaining regional communities in different places across Canada. As a country, Canada spans 9,984,670 square kilometres, making it the largest country in the western hemisphere. Its culture is as diverse as its geography, and so it is not so strange for me to feel like a foreigner inside the country I call home. This is one of the reasons why I wish to bring these activities into focus and share them with a larger public in hopes of including these hidden treasures in a larger picture of how we as Canadians view Canada.

Between 1945 and 1951, L’Auto-Neige Bombardier sold 2,596 vehicles. The Department of Public Works owned the majority of the B-12's up north and they were painted yellow

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