Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Joseph Armand Bombardier

Today we celebrate J. A. Bombardier(1907-1961), pioneer of personal recreational vehicles. Every since 1942, Bobaardier's company has made its name inventing recreational vehicles for all terrain and conditions - land, water, and snow.

Bombardier's interest in recreational vehicles stemmed from a fascination with mechanics and travel. As a native of Canada, an early goal of his was to invent a way to travel easily in the snow. In 1937, Bombardier invented the first snow mobile - a vehicle propelled by tracks (much like a tank), and guided by a pair of skis attached to a steering column.

Probably the most popular of Bombardier's products is the Sea-Doo personal watercraft (PWC). The PWC was first introduced in 1968. Due, however, to limitations on engine development, production of the watercraft was discontinued a year later and put on hold for nearly 20 years. In 1988 Bombardier began production of the PWC for the second time. Since then, the popularity of the vehicle has exploded. Engine limitations are no longer an issue. In fact, Bombardier is the leading innovator and manufacuturer of personal watercraft engines. The company maintains over half the market share for water vehicles.

Besides watercraft, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is also the leading producer of snow mobiles - Ski-Doo and Lynx - and large competitor in the market for all terrain vehicles (ATVs), sports boats, and roadsters.

Bombardier's vision and subsequent success led to the development of an entire industry for recreational vehicles.

Wikipedia: Sea-Doo, Bombardier Recreational Products
BRP Company Website

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