One can only grow younger when dreaming about racing. Here we go: me and my owner Venla Jyrkinen.
My roots lie in the far north of Europe, deep on the arctic circle. My ancestors, the tough and sturdy utility sleds first created by the Lynx Snowmobiles factory in Rovaniemi, Finland, were true reflections of the Finnish “sisu”, the never-ending determination that makes the Finns who they are. I like to believe that my spirit is just as fierce and relentless as those of the engine-run workhorses I hail from, although I was built for a different purpose. I am the first sports snowmobile manufactured by the Lynx factory, created to bring the thrill of speed and racing into people’s lives.
My story began at a time when Lynx snowmobiles were still regarded as utility vehicles, while racing was considered merely a waste of time, even inside the factory walls. There was, however, a small group of people who wanted to experiment on designing a Lynx race sled and eagerly took up the challenge. On the race day, the Lynx team was met at the venue with doubt and amusement, but the looks on the people’s faces quickly changed after Pauli Piippola won the race and showed them what the Lynx was made of.
Lynx immediately became the king of the racetracks, and the word of its superior rideability spread around the Nordic countries. The success of the experiment quickly showed that there was a demand for Lynx sports snowmobiles, and the prototype “Peltinokka” (the name means Tin Plate Nose in Finnish) was followed by me, GLS, the first serial production model.
In 1985, the first 60 GLS were made, followed by another batch of 100 as the sleds sold like hotcakes. By 1989, when I was born, the GLS had settled its place in the Lynx snowmobile family. I left the factory along with 200 others of my kind, ready to fill my purpose.
I had to wait quite a while for my adventure to begin. I spent the first years of my life on the top shelf of a hardware store in the city of Kotka in Southern Finland. I sat there looking at the life pass by, planks, bolts, and nuts traveling through the store while I waited for my human to find me.
As they say, good things come to those who wait. In 1994, a very special man walked into the store. I watched his eyes travel around the shelves, landing on mine. For a moment, we stared at each other, and somewhere under the crankshaft, I felt a jolt, and shivers ran through my entire body. After a while, the man turned away, and just as I was about to blame myself for the vain hopefulness, he returned with the salesman and pointed his finger at me. I had found my master!
My new owner Olli Honkanen had recently bought a piece of land in Utsjoki, and when the winter came, he took me there, all the way to the very top of Finland. Oh, the things we saw! The fells rose high around us, the northern lights danced on the sky, and the snow fell heavily on the ground. I finally got to do what I was made for!