DATE OF INDUCTION: January 16, 1992
CAREER SPAN: 1966-1972
COMPETITION TYPE: Oval & Cross-Country
BRANDS RACED: Polaris & Ski-Doo
AGE AT INDUCTION: 56
One of the most durable, active and talented snowmobile racing stars of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, Duane Frandsen of Pembine, Wisconsin, was a power in both cross-country and oval racing. He brought a combination of persistence, driving talent, cool judgment and superb mechanical ability to racing setting an example for many racers who followed in his footsteps.
Renowned for his win of the Eagle River Derby in 1967, he demonstrated technical prowess with an early expansion chamber-equipped Ski-Doo and dramatic driving skill with a flag-to-flag victory in the World’s Championship Race, Frandsen was a winner throughout his long cross-country and oval racing career.
Never missing a weekend of racing in six straight years of competition, this Ski-Doo racer and successful dealer posted dozens of wins in events all across the Midwest as well as at major races in Canada and the west. His many awards and honors include Ski-Doo Dealer of the Year, 1969; Wisconsin Sportswriters’ Snowmobile Driver of the Year and USSA Driver of the Year in 1970.