There’s a unique story behind every chopper project in general, but we tend to like the one behind the Antarctic Snow Chopper in particularly because it evokes energy, innovation and a lot of work. Built by Bob Sawicki and Toby Weisser, who work in Antarctica maintaining snowmobiles for the U.S. logistics hub and are very passionate about mechanical and fabricating work, this chopper is actually put together from the junk and discards found at the station. For instance, the engine and track are from a totaled 1981 Ski Doo, it has two fire extinguishers as fuel and compressed air tanks and it also features bent pipe and a crowbar as must-have chassis parts.
Because the two builders had everything there to work with, they only needed to invest as little as $10 in parts and 120 work hours to complete the amazing chopper and take it for a test ride. Having done that, they list a top speed of 30 to 35 mph (on the snow).
The Antarctic Snow Chopper is so eye-catching and interesting that it made it in the February 2010 issue of Popular Science and it truly deserves it.