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Spotted was on Supertrax.com:


"The powersports industry lost a true legend on Sunday, May 6th.

CJ Ramstad and his son, JJ, were both killed in a head-on car crash in Minneapolis at 5:00 pm CST. Details of the accident are not confirmed at this time.

CJ leaves behind his wife Karla, daughter Marly and a host of lifelong friends who respected and admired his love for and incredible insight into the snowmobile, motorcycle and ATV business.

CJ was famous for his strong opinions and valuable perspective on the industry. He published several books and volumes of magazine editorial since the early sixties. His work as a photo journalist was unprecedented and his archive of pictures is a treasured legacy reaching back to the very beginning of the snowmobile industry.

Most of all, he brought creative impetus to the business with magazines like Snow Week, Sno-Goer, Minnesota Snowmobiling, Supertrax, All-Terrain Vehicle and Minnesota Off-Road.

Always on the watch for injustices and bad politics, CJ was an outspoken critic whose research was impeccable and his opinions immersed in truth.

He will be sadly missed and long remembered."

R.I.P. Sir CJ, a true gentleman and legend.

C.J. Ramstad BIO;
Recognized as the dean of snowmobile photojournalism, CJ Ramstad began his career in the sport in 1969 when he began writing advertising for snowmobiles at an ad agency in Minneapolis. CJ quickly moved to the magazine side of the business, first taking pictures and writing articles for Snowmobile Times, Snowmobile News and SNOW GOER, before founding his first magazine - SNOW WEEK - in 1973.

Working as an editor and reporter throughout the 1970s, CJ was on the scene during the Sno Pro factory racing era, the golden years of the Winnipeg 500 and factory cross-country racing. He penned many of the classic history, technical and racing articles of the early SNOW WEEK after selling the title to SNOW GOER IN 1976. He wrote his first book, The Collected Works of Pappy, in 1979 before being named editor of SNOWMOBILE MAGAZINE in 1980.

CJ edited SNOWMOBILE and, again briefly in the mid 1980s, SNOW WEEK, before leaving the magazines to write Legend, the history of Arctic Cat, and Of Ice and Engines, the history of the Eagle River Derby, both in 1987.

In 1988, CJ became the editor and publisher of MINNESOTA SNOWMOBILING and took on the task of coordinating the legendary Jeep 500 cross-country snowmobile race. In 1991, he became co-publisher of what has become the world’s largest snowmobile magazine – SUPERTRAX – and in 1999, he wrote a second edition of Legend to reflect the Arctic Cat brand’s first four decades. Today, he is at work writing his fifth book, the story of Ralph Plaisted’s successful journey over the icecap to the North Pole, the snowmobile trek that made him the first-ever to reach the fabled and elusive spot at the top of the world.

All during this almost four decades, CJ’s photo archives have grown and expanded to represent snowmobiling’s most complete image collection. In addition to literally hundreds of thousands of pictures shot by him personally, he has added several photo collections from other sources to build what is today an unparalleled historical archive. Still the sport’s most active photojournalist, last winter CJ shot pictures in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, Utah, California and Maine. He has captured images in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Chile, Japan and Iceland as well as all across Canada during his long and busy career.

Each day, another of these thousands of images emerges from snowmobiling’s storied past to appear on CJ Ramstad’s photo archive image site SNOWPOD.COM.
 

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Godspeed
 

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this is a great loss.so senseless.SuperTrax is my favorite sled mag.we lost a big part of the sled world.that family will be in my prayers tonight.
 

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I'm sick. I've read, watched, and stared at his work for so many years, had the chance to meet him three times this year on the WPSA circuit. He was truly a snowmobile enthusiast, never got bothered with my questions reguarding photography or him, and was always the first to start a friendly conversation.

Godspeed friend.
 

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That is terrible. I always enjoyed his articles and felt that he was a straight shooter.
 
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