The Moto-Ski was built in LaPocatière, Québec by Jean Yves Bélanger and
Raoul Pelletier in 1963. This was not their first sled, as they built a contraption called
"Le Cupidon" (cupid) first. Le Coupidon was green with a big windshield and a cleated
track. The venture was financed by a Mr. C.E. Bouchard ( Industries Bouchard) for
whom Mr. Pelletier was a salesman.
Mr. Bélanger was the machinist-mechanic behind the venture.
Mr. Bouchard owned a pharmaceutical manufacturing business (aspirin & cosmetics).
The Moto-Ski name was the result of a contest at a local school to name the new sled.
My uncle and father were the first distributors in the U.S. or anywhere for that matter.
They bought and sold all they could make in the fall of 1963.
All machines were sold in the Northern, N.Y. area and most customers were signed as
dealers for Dufrane Motor Distributors, Malone, N.Y.
YEARS AGO, THESE RARE PHOTOS WERE SENT TO ME BY GEORGE DUFRANE JR.
I POSTED THEM BUT I WANT TO REPOST THEM AS LARGER PICTURES.
THEY ARE FROM THE EARLY 60'S TO THE EARLY 70'S.
ALSO, AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF MOTO SKI FROM GEORGE DUFRANE SR.
ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED ARE COURTESY OF MRS. HARRIET DUFRANE, WIFE OF THE LATE AL DUFRANE.
Dufrane Motor Distributors race team: (L-R) George Dufrane,
George Dufrane, Bill Titus, Larry Berman
George Dufrane and Bill Titus, others unknown.
Bill and Evelyn Titus
Dufrane (his sled had the first 317 Hirth). 1967 Moto Ski
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THE SHOW IS HELD EVERY YEAR IN THE FALL.
IT IS LOCATED IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, JUST NORTH OF MONTREAL.
THE DATE & LOCATION AND ALL OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOW.
EXPOSITION DE MOTONEIGES ANTIQUES ET CLASSIQUES
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