DATE OF INDUCTION: February 22, 2007
CAREER SPAN: 1970-Present
COMPETITION TYPE: Cross-Country, Snocross & Hill Climb
BRANDS REPRESENTED: Arctic Cat
AGE AT INDUCTION: 50
Beginning his snowmobile racing career at the age of 13 in Driggs, Idaho, Kirk Hibbert has pursued the sport of snowmobiling on nearly every level, as a racer, a driver, race preparation wizard, technician and designer. Starting out west in mountain team Cross-Country Racing, Hibbert made occasional trips to the Midwest during the 1970’s to participate in events like the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500. Emerging as a top competitor in the Rocky Mountain circuits in those years, his career made a shift in the middle 1980’s when he decided to travel east to try his hand in the emerging Snocross arena.
In the late 1980’s and 1990’s, he captured championships and set records in cross-country, snocross and hillclimb competition including two spectacular wins at the Jeep 500 in the early 90’s, a series of championships including five high point titles in the International Series of Champions (ISOC) as well as class championship titles in MRP Snocross competition. As versatile as he is talented, this nerveless driver also posted several hillclimb records at the fabled Jackson Hole Hillclimb, including several King of the Hill championships.
Moving to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, in late 1990, he went to work for Arctic Cat and became one of the handful of designers and fabricators who worked together to create the legendary Arctic Cat ZR introduced in 1992. Kirk Hibbert is unique in the sport as a talented driver and champion, a skilled technician and as a snowmobile designer. Still at Arctic Cat as he enters the Hall of Fame, Hibbert continues to make contributions, designing suspensions and developing snow vehicle innovations.