DATE OF INDUCTION: February 20, 2010
CAREER SPAN: 1970–1998
COMPETITION TYPE: Oval & Speed Run
BRANDS REPRESENTED: Arctic Cat, Polaris & Mercury
AGE AT INDUCTION: 55
A decorated racer whose career spanned three decades of oval, drag and speed run competition, Jim Dimmerman combined raw talent, a desire to learn and hard work to achieve the highest successes in the sport he loved. Dimmerman’s career is linked to the glory days of Sno Pro ice oval racing, where he established his legend at tracks all over North America. His records in NSSR speed runs and drag racing is equally impressive.
Generous with his fans and respectful of his competitors, Dimmerman became one of only six people to become a factory Team Arctic Sno Pro racer, beginning in 1978. He scored victories at most of the famous oval venues during the Sno Pro period, including the 1980 Hetteen Cup, and was an Eagle River World Championship finalist every year from 1979-1986. Although synonymous with the factory Sno Pro years, it was his 1984 season with Ted Nielsen of Nielsen Enterprises – during which he won nine of 11 finals and the coveted World Championship as an independent aboard the last of the single-tracked sleds – that solidified his legacy.
Dimmerman parlayed his phenomenal clutching and machine set-up skills into numerous NSSR speed run records during the late 1980’s and 1990’s, including piloting an Arctic Cat Thundercat to the World’s Fastest Production speed record of 112.894 mph in 1993. In 1994 Dimmerman again raced into the record books as the first person to pilot a snowmobile on asphalt at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota launching a new era of snowmobile competition. He lives in his hometown of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.