DATE OF INDUCTION: January 12, 2006
CAREER SPAN: 1967–
BRANDS REPRESENTED: Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo & Polaris
AGE AT INDUCTION: 79
A snowmobile was made to ride and perhaps nobody in snowmobiling took this more to heart than Coley Findlay. After buying a snowmobile in the very early days of the sport and joining the Burlington Sno-Scoopers snowmobile club, Findlay realized the miles were piling up as he rode the trails surrounding his home in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. He decided to keep track of all these miles with an eye on maybe reaching the million mile mark. As the years went by, Findlay’s miles piled up faster than anyone as he and wife Katy made the most of their winters.
More than a rider, Findlay was always there to do what he could to help the sport he loves. A member of “dozens of clubs” over the years, he and Katy chaired club functions, headed up fundraising efforts and worked on charity drives. In 1984, working with Polaris distributor R.L. Ryerson, Coley organized an annual fund raising ride for multiple sclerosis and headed the effort for six years. During that time, Findlay’s efforts helped the ride raise over one million dollars.
No job was too big or too small for Findlay as he worked and played in the sport he loves. If the trails needed grooming, Coley would get behind the wheel. If the state legislature needed someone to tell them what kinds of new laws were needed for snowmobiling, Coley would testify. If there was an issue that needed to be discussed, Coley was there with the facts and when he went into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, his and Katy’s combined documented mileage was 460,000.