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Monday, August 7, 2017

Steve Thorsen (Inducted 2017)

By Tom Hintgen

Steve Thorsen Biography from Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, August 12, 2017.

Steve Thorsen is recognized as one of snowmobile racing’s most talented designers, builders and drivers.

He was born and raised in Fergus Falls, the son of Truman and Donna Thorsen. Steve graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1973.

In 1969 he began racing Arctic Cat at events near his home in Fergus Falls. In the 1970s he was a mainstay in snowmobile racing aboard Super Stock Mercury and Polaris snowmobiles.

In 1977 Thorsen was selected as a last-minute replacement on the Polaris factory team. He adjusted quickly to the pro circuit and became the second snowmobile driver to win back-to-back world championships at Eagle River in northern Wisconsin.

He won the world titles in 1977 and 1978 derbies on sleds he built to match his style of racing.

Thorsen joined the newly formed Scorpion team in 1978. He helped design and build the impressive aero Scorpions. With this design, Thorsen drove to 45 feature wins in a single season. This included 11 consecutive pro victories.

He retired from active racing in 1980 but went on to build several winning snowmobiles for other drivers. Those machines won several high-point titles and races such as the famous SOO I-500.

Thorsen was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 1989. The museum is located at St. Germain, Wisconsin.

He is still working as an engineer for Scheuring Speed Sports for Ski-Doo. Scheuring is located in Aurora, Minnesota, on the Iron Range north of Duluth.

Thorsen and his wife, Sue, have two children, Ashley and Ryan. They have two grandchildren.

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