The Snow must go on!

 

 

We promised to update you, so here goes! We just needed time to collect our feelings and thoughts regarding the current situation in Austria (and elsewhere).

The lockdown in Austria ended on the 13th of December for the vaccinated and recovered. Whilst this seems like a good change, unfortunately we don’t have good news. Despite all efforts, we will not be able to host the 2022 GP Ice Race with our fans on site. And trust us – we have tried EVERYTHING.

As of this week, local and state authorities have confirmed that spectator numbers would be restricted to 300. (That’s even less than Hermann’s fan club!) This number would not meet our expectations of an automotive festival on ice, and planning towards an improvement at this stage would not be responsible from our side. This situation sucks. There is no other way to say it.

All of this means we will be missing the most important part: YOU AS OUR GP FAMILY. And for all of you who had been planning on joining us: We will refund your tickets – no questions asked! You just have to promise us to come back next year.

Are we still working on bringing all the highlights to our ice track – together with our amazing partners – to be shared digitally? YOU BET! Will Hermann’s fans get the autograph signing they have been demanding? We are still working on that… so for now, do what we are trying to do: make the best out of a big pile of … not snow!

hot engines in the ice and cold.

The races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

In it’s heyday, more than 10,000 motorsport fans came to Zell am See to be part of the historic ice races. Almost half a century later, this tradition is going from strength to strength. What started as an idea of two friends, is fast becoming a unique automotive winter festival in the magnificent Austrian alps!

hot engines in the ice and cold.

The races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

In it’s heyday, more than 10,000 motorsport fans came to Zell am See to be part of the historic ice races. Almost half a century later, this tradition is going from strength to strength. What started as an idea of two friends, is fast becoming a unique automotive winter festival in the magnificent Austrian alps!

Over a weekend in late January, the Ice Race brings together modern circuit racers and rally cars, as well as classic gems and icons of automotive history. If it can take studs it can run!

Racers take part in many different classes, some even donning skis, while prototype ice racers and modern metal join in for a demonstration lap (or two)! The main goal is always, to bring motorsport closer to the fans, and to bring all of us closer together.

For 2022 the team have big plans, which include a move to the main airfield in Zell and the integration of the 800m runway into the event. Beyond this, the Ice Race team has the clearly stated aim for the event to be synonymous with sustainable motorsport as well as the future of mobility.

Historical Pedigree

 

Winter Olympics 1928

Riderless horses pull skiers on the race track at maximum speed in St. Moritz. Skijöring is becoming a cult and will soon embrace motorsport. Ten years later, the first motorised Renntandems cross the ice in Zell am See. Soon after, the first ice races for motorcycles of all classes and automobiles take place.

Extreme driving distances and sporting precision, rubber and spikes, hot engines and the smell of gasoline in the ice and cold –the races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

1937

First motorcycle skijöring on the Zeller See.

 

 

1952

Paul Schwarz (1928-1993) wins the newly founded Dr. Porsche Memorial Skijöring Race. 1953 Cars are allowed for the second skijoring race.

 

1956

The international motorcycle and auto ice racing is launched.

 

1957

5000 visitors attend the race. Otto Mathé (1907 – 1995) records the fastest lap at 102.3 km/h.

 

1958

Because of extreme snowfall, the race has to be cancelled several times.

 

1964

Tuning legend Otto Lantenhammer sets a new track record at 109.7 km/h.

1969

Re-launch of the race, now on an ice track in the Alpenflugplatz area.

 

1973

Börje Sjöbom dominates the races with an average speed of 114.28 km/h.

 

1974

The race is still due to take place, despite the oil crisis, but is cancelled at short notice due to an accident with a clearing vehicle.

 

Motorsport returns to Zell am See


2019

For 45 years no ice race has taken place, when 2 friends decided to revive the ice races and bring motorsport back to Zell am See.

Two days of motorsport in extreme conditions with an exceptional atmosphere. Almost forgotten, now they’re back: the legendary ice races in Zell am See return in 2019. Amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers compete across a multitude of classes to be the best on the ice.

A winter highlight for Porschephiles and fans of all motorised dreams, GP Ice Race is an intense experience of freedom, precision and speed.

 

2020

After a remarkable comeback and freezing cold temperatures, where thousands of fans got to experience the thrill of the ice race for the first time in decades, the second edition picks up where the first began! The cars are faster, the atmosphere icy cold and the spikes do their part! Even friends like Striezel Stuck came to Zell, driving a Formula car on the ice! After all, GP is about the people, especially the friends we’ve made all over the world.

Cold Start in 2021

The pandemic has also meant that the Ice Race has had to adapt – despite being outside, having 10,000 fans coming together was not an option under the current conditions! Instead Ferdi and Tino have worked out a concept, that will allow some action to take place on the new track, while ensuring that all the preparations for 2022 can go full steam ahead!

Starting 2022 and with multiple additions to the team, we are using this momentum to embark on a new five-year strategy.

New Location

In 2022, we are moving to the new airfield in Zell am See, more than doubling in footprint. We have enlarged the ice track, added a separate tarmac runway and further integrated a photo circle. There will be two paddocks and two static exhibitions. In a nutshell: 2022 will lift the event into new heights.

 

The combination of ice track and tarmac runway ensures unforgettable experiences on a breathtaking stage.

 

Get Directions

Partners

The GP ICE RACE has gained traction. A lot. Even though we race on ice. We are uniting a unique crowd in an exceptional setting. At a time of year where nothing else is happening. To reach the next level, we need strong partners. 

 

We are adding all partners here soon!

Partners

The GP ICE RACE has gained traction. A lot. Even though we race on ice. We are uniting a unique crowd in an exceptional setting. At a time of year where nothing else is happening. To reach the next level, we need strong partners. 

 

We are adding all partners here soon!

The Snow must go on!

 

 

We promised to update you, so here goes! We just needed time to collect our feelings and thoughts regarding the current situation in Austria (and elsewhere).

The lockdown in Austria ended on the 13th of December for the vaccinated and recovered. Whilst this seems like a good change, unfortunately we don’t have good news. Despite all efforts, we will not be able to host the 2022 GP Ice Race with our fans on site. And trust us – we have tried EVERYTHING.

As of this week, local and state authorities have confirmed that spectator numbers would be restricted to 300. (That’s even less than Hermann’s fan club!) This number would not meet our expectations of an automotive festival on ice, and planning towards an improvement at this stage would not be responsible from our side. This situation sucks. There is no other way to say it.

All of this means we will be missing the most important part: YOU AS OUR GP FAMILY. And for all of you who had been planning on joining us: We will refund your tickets – no questions asked! You just have to promise us to come back next year.

Are we still working on bringing all the highlights to our ice track – together with our amazing partners – to be shared digitally? YOU BET! Will Hermann’s fans get the autograph signing they have been demanding? We are still working on that… so for now, do what we are trying to do: make the best out of a big pile of … not snow!

hot engines in the ice and cold.

The races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

In it’s heyday, more than 10,000 motorsport fans came to Zell am See to be part of the historic ice races. Almost half a century later, this tradition is going from strength to strength. What started as an idea of two friends, is fast becoming a unique automotive winter festival in the magnificent Austrian alps!

hot engines in the ice and cold.

The races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

In it’s heyday, more than 10,000 motorsport fans came to Zell am See to be part of the historic ice races. Almost half a century later, this tradition is going from strength to strength. What started as an idea of two friends, is fast becoming a unique automotive winter festival in the magnificent Austrian alps!

Over a weekend in late January, the Ice Race brings together modern circuit racers and rally cars, as well as classic gems and icons of automotive history. If it can take studs it can run!

Racers take part in many different classes, some even donning skis, while prototype ice racers and modern metal join in for a demonstration lap (or two)! The main goal is always, to bring motorsport closer to the fans, and to bring all of us closer together.

For 2022 the team have big plans, which include a move to the main airfield in Zell and the integration of the 800m runway into the event. Beyond this, the Ice Race team has the clearly stated aim for the event to be synonymous with sustainable motorsport as well as the future of mobility.

Historical Pedigree

 

Winter Olympics 1928

Riderless horses pull skiers on the race track at maximum speed in St. Moritz. Skijöring is becoming a cult and will soon embrace motorsport. Ten years later, the first motorised Renntandems cross the ice in Zell am See. Soon after, the first ice races for motorcycles of all classes and automobiles take place.

Extreme driving distances and sporting precision, rubber and spikes, hot engines and the smell of gasoline in the ice and cold –the races on the frozen runway have lost none of their fascination over the years.

1937

First motorcycle skijöring on the Zeller See.

 

 

1952

Paul Schwarz (1928-1993) wins the newly founded Dr. Porsche Memorial Skijöring Race. 1953 Cars are allowed for the second skijoring race.

 

1956

The international motorcycle and auto ice racing is launched.

 

1957

5000 visitors attend the race. Otto Mathé (1907 – 1995) records the fastest lap at 102.3 km/h.

 

1958

Because of extreme snowfall, the race has to be cancelled several times.

 

1964

Tuning legend Otto Lantenhammer sets a new track record at 109.7 km/h.

1969

Re-launch of the race, now on an ice track in the Alpenflugplatz area.

 

1973

Börje Sjöbom dominates the races with an average speed of 114.28 km/h.

 

1974

The race is still due to take place, despite the oil crisis, but is cancelled at short notice due to an accident with a clearing vehicle.

 

Motorsport returns to Zell am See


2019

For 45 years no ice race has taken place, when 2 friends decided to revive the ice races and bring motorsport back to Zell am See.

Two days of motorsport in extreme conditions with an exceptional atmosphere. Almost forgotten, now they’re back: the legendary ice races in Zell am See return in 2019. Amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers compete across a multitude of classes to be the best on the ice.

A winter highlight for Porschephiles and fans of all motorised dreams, GP Ice Race is an intense experience of freedom, precision and speed.

 

2020

After a remarkable comeback and freezing cold temperatures, where thousands of fans got to experience the thrill of the ice race for the first time in decades, the second edition picks up where the first began! The cars are faster, the atmosphere icy cold and the spikes do their part! Even friends like Striezel Stuck came to Zell, driving a Formula car on the ice! After all, GP is about the people, especially the friends we’ve made all over the world.

Cold Start in 2021

The pandemic has also meant that the Ice Race has had to adapt – despite being outside, having 10,000 fans coming together was not an option under the current conditions! Instead Ferdi and Tino have worked out a concept, that will allow some action to take place on the new track, while ensuring that all the preparations for 2022 can go full steam ahead!

Starting 2022 and with multiple additions to the team, we are using this momentum to embark on a new five-year strategy.

New Location

In 2022, we are moving to the new airfield in Zell am See, more than doubling in footprint. We have enlarged the ice track, added a separate tarmac runway and further integrated a photo circle. There will be two paddocks and two static exhibitions. In a nutshell: 2022 will lift the event into new heights.

 

The combination of ice track and tarmac runway ensures unforgettable experiences on a breathtaking stage.

 

Get Directions

Partners

The GP ICE RACE has gained traction. A lot. Even though we race on ice. We are uniting a unique crowd in an exceptional setting. At a time of year where nothing else is happening. To reach the next level, we need strong partners. 

 

We are adding all partners here soon!

Partners

The GP ICE RACE has gained traction. A lot. Even though we race on ice. We are uniting a unique crowd in an exceptional setting. At a time of year where nothing else is happening. To reach the next level, we need strong partners. 

 

We are adding all partners here soon!