My father-in-law comes up with a lot of crazy schemes – but one of the craziest was to rebuild a vintage Bombardier Bombi SnowCat to use up at the family cottage in winter instead of a snowmobile.
The cottage doesn’t have road access in winter – it’s snowmobile only. Of course only suckers use snowmobiles – real men ride in style in a re-purposed Bombardier BR100 Bombi SnowCat with 57 horsepower of two-stroke fury.
I have no idea how old this thing is, 1960’s is my guess. All I know is that it had a family of raccoons living in it at one point. The really crazy thing is that there is a cult obsession for these things – most of which are found abandoned in a farmer’s field before they’re rescued and rebuilt. The resale value is ridiculous – you could buy a pretty decent car, or a top-end snowmobile for the price of a barely functional rusted out Bombi SnowCat!
It leaks oil, the clutch barely works, none of the gauges function, it backfires, occasionally explodes and it’s caught on fire at least once (that I know of) – but when it’s running I have to admit that a Bombardier BR100 Bombi SnowCat is a pretty useful machine to have around the cottage in the winter.
This photo series was captured earlier this January:
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