Massey Ferguson Snowmobile Collector Keeps Vintage Sleds Running

One young man's first love was for antique snowmobiles and old machines geared toward the farmer.

| February 2012

  • Doug Holicky
    Doug Holicky on a 1977 Massey Ferguson 440 Storm snowmobile, flanked by others he showed at the Le Sueur County, Minn., Pioneer Power Show. 
  • Storm Snowmobile
    The 1977 Massey Ferguson Storm draws a crowd of spectators after Doug pulls it out of the line of his MF snowmobiles.
  • 1976 MF Whirlwind
    The 1976 MF Whirlwind is equivalent to the 1976 Scorpion Whip, except with different headlights.
  • Handling snowmobiles
    Handling the snowmobiles at static shows is one of the most difficult parts of collecting them, Doug says.
  • 1976 Massey Ferguson Whirlwind snowmobile
    A top view of the 1976 Massey Ferguson Whirlwind snowmobile.
    Nikki Rajala
  • 440 Cyclone
    The 1976 Massey Ferguson Model 440 Cyclone is equivalent to the Scorpion-Brute of the same year. Made for MF by Brute Industries, it is Doug’s rarest machine.
    Nikki Rajala
  • Early MF Ski Whiz
    The early MF Ski Whiz shown here is similar to Doug’s first snowmobile. He’s found most of his MF snowmobiles within 50 miles of his home. “We were fortunate to have several Massey Ferguson dealers in our area,” he says.
  • 1977 Chinook 300
    Bringing this 1977 Chinook 300 up to speed was Doug’s greatest challenge, as it was little more than “an aluminum tunnel with skis” when he began work on it.
  • Massey Ferguson memorabilia
    Doug also collects Massey Ferguson memorabilia, like this sign. Photo by Nikki Rajala. 
    Nikki Rajala
  • MF Ski Whiz
    View of an early MF Ski Whiz snowmobile’s controls.
  • Authentic Ski Whiz Jacket
    An authentic Ski Whiz jacket, another piece of Doug’s memorabilia collection. 
    Nikki Rajala

  • Doug Holicky
  • Storm Snowmobile
  • 1976 MF Whirlwind
  • Handling snowmobiles
  • 1976 Massey Ferguson Whirlwind snowmobile
  • 440 Cyclone
  • Early MF Ski Whiz
  • 1977 Chinook 300
  • Massey Ferguson memorabilia
  • MF Ski Whiz
  • Authentic Ski Whiz Jacket

Doug Holicky is a young man who likes old things. “I’ve always liked old machines,” he says. “They’re simple and easy to work on, and – for the most part – affordable, if you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself.”

Doug, who lives in New Prague, Minn., fell in love with Massey Ferguson snowmobiles in his teens after using one owned by his uncle. By the time he was 16, he had one of his own. Now 31, he’s had them ever since. He also collects John Deere, Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson tractors, along with MF literature, clothes, signs, lawn mowers and farm toys that reflect those bigger tractors. “I’m the kind of guy who gets a 5-gallon bucket of parts and uses them,” he admits, “whether it’s for snowmobiles, garden tractors or tractors.” But Massey Ferguson snowmobiles remain his first love.

Starting out young

Doug’s first Massey Ferguson, a 1971 500 SST, was drug out of an iron pile destined for the scrapyard. “My uncle told me about it,” he recalls, “and said if I wanted to build one, this guy was just scrapping it out and it was heading to the salvage yard.”

Doug went to get the machine on a snowy day and rode it down a hill, powered by nothing more than gravity. “I paid $15 for it,” he says. “The hood was there and the framework and skis. I had to find an engine for it, and put it together out of parts to make it work. I also sewed the seats, which were missing.”



The restored Massey Ferguson made its debut at a snowmobile show in Waconia, Minn. Onlookers gave Doug an enthusiastic reception. “I was 17, and people offered to buy it from me right there,” he says. “That made me feel good.”

A working collection

Doug later sold that first Massey to another collector, but his cupboard’s not bare. He currently owns 15 MF snowmobiles. Nine are in running condition; the others are waiting in the wings. Not all are candidates for restoration. “I have a couple of nice original machines that I haven’t done much to,” he says. “I might do some cosmetic painting on them, but mostly I won’t paint or polish if they look nice and are mechanically original.”



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