|Stephen Franklin. The Heroes. A Saga of Canadian Inspiration. The Canadian Illustrated Library. McClelland & Stewart, 1967.|
In 1968, Minneapolis-based insurance salesman Ralph Plaisted set off for the North Pole with a party that included Jean-Luc Bombardier, Armand's nephew. They traveled in 60-degree below temperatures, sometimes gunning their machines from one ice flow to the next, and trapped by a blizzard that raged for six days. The last 50 miles were traveled at high speed over thin ice, as slowing down would have meant breaking through. At the conclusion, a ski-plane picked them up, but only had room for three of their four machines. So, one yellow and black Ski-Doo is still out there, somewhere in the Canadian Arctic, free for the taking.
(Summarized form Ronald Schiller, "The Cats That Conquered Winter," Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd., In Search of Canada. (Montreal, 1971))