The powersports industry lost a true legend on Sunday, May 6th.
CJ Ramstad and his son, JJ, were both killed in a head-on car crash in Minneapolis at 5:00 pm CST. Details of the accident are not confirmed at this time.
CJ leaves behind his wife Karla, daughter Marly and a host of lifelong friends who respected and admired his love for and incredible insight into the snowmobile, motorcycle and ATV business.
CJ was famous for his strong opinions and valuable perspective on the industry. He published several books and volumes of magazine editorial since the early sixties. His work as a photo journalist was unprecedented and his archive of pictures is a treasured legacy reaching back to the very beginning of the snowmobile industry.
Most of all, he brought creative impetus to the business with magazines like Snow Week, Sno-Goer, Minnesota Snowmobiling, Supertrax, All-Terrain Vehicle and Minnesota Off-Road.
Always on the watch for injustices and bad politics, CJ was an outspoken critic whose research was impeccable and his opinions immersed in truth.
He will be sadly missed and long remembered.