Inafter years of effort and persistence, Bombardier produced a seven-passenger transporter B-7 and obtained a patent for his tracked drive system that henceforth equipped all his vehicles.
Instead, he set out to design a bigger snowmobile that could carry several passengers. A new plant able to produce more than vehicles a year was built in But the inventor is always seeking to improve his products.
His parents, Anna Gravel and Alfred Bombardier, farmed and also ran the general store.
With that invention, Joseph-Armand Bombardier solved the problem of individual transportation on snow in remote areas and gave birth to a new industry.
A number of prototypes emerge from the inventor's new experimental centre in the small town of Kingsbury near Valcourt, and are designed to tackle all sorts of terrain, from snow to swamp to peat bogs.
Launched by the Valcourt plants init meets with great commercial success because it fills the need to work and transport on difficult terrain, and is used as much in the Alps to carry skiers as in the Sahara to clear roads.These first snowmobiles were used by doctors, veterinarians, innkeepers and funeral directors to get around in the winter. The first snowmobile , the vehicle was steered by skis and could hold two or three passengers. Bombardier went on to build smaller snowmobiles during the s and developed a new market for recreational products for one or two people. He's only 19, but his remarkable ability to solve any mechanical problem, whether dealing with cars, bench saws, or agricultural pumps, earns him an outstanding reputation throughout the region. In , he tested the first wooden prototype. Joseph-Armand Bombardier was the inventor of the snowmobile artwork by Irma Coucill. He acquired experience by reading, taking notes and repairing what he found until he opened his own garage at age 19, where he would repair cars and sell gasoline in the summertime. His success flowed from his ability not only to respond to changing transportation needs, but to create them — an inventiveness that gave rise to Bombardier Inc. Although wartime production is limited, civilian snowmobiles are still manufactured at a modest pace in Valcourt to meet the needs of special permit holders. He notices that an excessive amount of snow and ice accumulates in the vehicle's wheel spokes. But his intuitive and reasoned methodology leaves no room for doubt and sarcasm. Joseph-Armand solves the problem by assembling a press that makes solid wheels, showing once again his capacity for innovation and self-sufficiency, as well as his preoccupation with quality. It can also seat up to 25 school children, meeting a specific need for winter student transport. The Canadian Forces orders vehicles, to be delivered in four months.
He knows he will be neither a priest, nor doctor, nor farmer, but rather a mechanic. More than tracked military vehicles are produced following Joseph-Armand Bombardier's designs between and A great visionary, he laid the foundations of an empire, the Bombardier Corporation.
Ten years after his death, more than a million Ski-Doos crisscross the fields and forests of the world. Though it ran for over a kilometre, his father ordered the machine dismantled because its open propeller could cause considerable injury.