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Rare photos of the Polaris Professional Race Team, from the late 1960's through 1978.

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Cover shot of Brad Hulings on his 440-X sled. From Snow week magazine. This sled is restored and in a private collection.
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That's just Brad Hulings on his 1978 RXL 250cc machine kicking some ass. Snow week photo.
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Snotrack photo - From the late 1977 testing run in Alasaka of the new RXL's. The Midnight Blue Express sits down for breakfast at the Gunsight Mountain Lodge north of Anchorage, Alaska. Pictured left to right, Jim Bernat, Greg Hedlund, Jerry Bunke, Fuji Rep (name unknown), Jan Hedlund, Brad Hulings, Steve Thorsen.
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Brad works over one of the new RXL's at Brand's Lodge shop in Alaska. All three Midnight Blue Express drivers knew their sleds inside and out.
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The Midnight Blue Express on one of their greatest days - taking 1st (Bunke) 2nd (Hulings and 3rd (Bernat) in the 440X final in Alexandria, December of 1976. Thorsen's sled was brought up for the photo - this may be the only photo of the four original 77 IFS model SnoPro race sleds.
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http://starfirekids.com/

The Star Fire Kids (Midnight Blue Express) is the story of the unlikely heroes that made up the Polaris Professional Race team, who dominated the sport of snowmobile racing from the 60's till a tragic accident ended it all. The book Star Fire Kids (Midnight Blue Express) by Larry Preston
 

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My dad raced against these guys in the mid 70's in West Yellowstone, you should hear the stories he tells of all the factory boys and the distaste the local racers had for them because when they rolled into town they thought they owned the place. "Young cocky shits" were his exact words describing the Midnight Blue Express. No disrespect meant to any of these guys either, its just neat to hear the other side of the story. Back then there were tons of independent racers, man it was a different time.
 
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