GP ICE RACE 2023

WHEN?

JANUARY 27-29, 2023

 

WHERE?

ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

 

Winter is (almost) here and we have news for you! GP ICE RACE is back!
Tickets are live and we can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

GP ICE RACE 2023

WHEN?

JANUARY 27-29, 2023

 

WHERE?

ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

 

Winter is (almost) here and we have news for you! GP ICE RACE is back!
Tickets are live and we can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

VISITORS BACK ON SITE

 

Featuring a 650 meter long race track, a drift circle and a separate karting track – all made of ice, of course – the GP ICE RACE is a unique festival all about the car as a cultural icon. Take a seat on our motorsport grandstand and let the spinning tires catapult snow in your face, stroll through the open-access paddocks, enjoy our curated automobile exhibitions and built-out aircraft hangars, or test your own racing skills in our ice karts – on spikes, that is. 
The GP ICE RACE reinterprets the racing weekend. We’re not just a race, we’re a festival! After two years without spectators on site, we are excited to welcome you back in Zell am See!
 
 
 

Bringing Traditions back to life

 

Three exciting days of motorsports under extreme conditions & an extraordinary atmosphere. It had almost been forgotten… Now it’s back: the traditional ice race in the breathtaking mountain landscape of Zell am See. Amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers compete on ice. A true highlight for fans of automotive dreams and an intense experience of freedom, precision and speed. 
After a hiatus of almost half a century, the tradition has come back to life. What started as an idea of two friends is now a spectacular winter event for motorsport fans in the beautiful Austrian Alps! The GP ICE RACE is home to modern GT and rally vehicles, as well as classics and icons of automotive history! The last weekend in January turns the little town of Zell am See into a motorsport festival. Whatever can go on spikes, gets to roll on the ice.
Participants race in different divisions; some even master Skijöring being pulled on skis by a car on the ice track. Next to competitive races, show runs with classics and prototypes are further highlights of the event. The goal is to bring motorsport enthusiasts closer together. Plans for 2023 take advantage of the move to the larger airport site in Zell – including a motorsport grandstand, a drift circle made of ice, and a karting track – of course made out of ice (yes, this means the karts run on spikes, so hop in)! In addition, the GP team puts an emphasis on the GP ICE RACE becoming a synonym for sustainable motorsport and future-oriented mobility. 
 
 
The current COVID-19 protective regulations, as specified by the Austrian government, apply. 
As of October 2022, the GP ICE RACE can take place without restrictions.

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.

 

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.

GP ICE RACE 2022 – ICEOLATED

COVID forces another year of no visitors on-site. Nevertheless, GP kept going with a week of content productions – the GP ICE RACE ICEOLATED Edition kicked off the new year as an automotive media highlight on ice.With special guests like Max Verstappen, Ken Block, Aksel Svindal and JP Kraemer joining us in Zell am See we kept the GP Spirit alive and could include millions of you watching on the screens at home.

 

Unforeseen changes in 2022 forced us to regroup, refocus and adjust to external circumstances. Whatever the weather, conditions, traction or Corona limbo – together with sponsors, partners and competitors we modified planning but not our expectations. Expanding from a three day event to a week of automotive highlights, we were able to keep most of our planned event assets and create a digital kick-off for the year.

 

GP IS MOVING FROM AN EVENT TO A BRAND. FOLLOW OUR SOCIALS TO STAY UP TO DATE AND SEE WHERE THIS JOURNEY IS GOING!

Media Registration

capture the gp ice race through your lense!

Would you like to join the GP ICE RACE 2023 as professional journalist or photographer? Join us in Zell as media representative! 

Please bear in mind that you will need an official editorial assignment to apply for a media pass (Details on permits will be specified on registration page).

 

 

Media Registration

capture the gp ice race through your lense!

Would you like to join the GP ICE RACE 2023 as professional journalist or photographer? Join us in Zell as media representative! 

Please bear in mind that you will need an official editorial assignment to apply for a media pass (Details on permits will be specified on registration page).

 

 

Race on ice with us!

Sounds good?

 

…then come race at the GP ICE RACE 2023 with us! 

Please bear in mind that you will need official racing permits and appropriate ice buckets to participate (details on permits will be specified on the registration page). 

Alternatively, permits can be acquired on site). We know spots for the races and skijöring will be in high demand, and we will do our best to ensure a wide variety of fun buckets. 

 

Sign up as competitor via the link below!

 

Race on ice with us!

Sounds good?

 

…then come race at the GP ICE RACE 2023 with us! 

Please bear in mind that you will need official racing permits and appropriate ice buckets to participate (details on permits will be specified on the registration page). 

Alternatively, permits can be acquired on site). We know spots for the races and skijöring will be in high demand, and we will do our best to ensure a wide variety of fun buckets. 

 

Sign up as competitor via the link below!

 

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

GP ICE RACE 2023

WHEN?

JANUARY 27-29, 2023

 

WHERE?

ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

 

Winter is (almost) here and we have news for you! GP ICE RACE is back!
Tickets are live and we can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

GP ICE RACE 2023

WHEN?

JANUARY 27-29, 2023

 

WHERE?

ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

 

Winter is (almost) here and we have news for you! GP ICE RACE is back!
Tickets are live and we can’t wait to see you!

 

 

 

VISITORS BACK ON SITE

 

Featuring a 650 meter long race track, a drift circle and a separate karting track – all made of ice, of course – the GP ICE RACE is a unique festival all about the car as a cultural icon. Take a seat on our motorsport grandstand and let the spinning tires catapult snow in your face, stroll through the open-access paddocks, enjoy our curated automobile exhibitions and built-out aircraft hangars, or test your own racing skills in our ice karts – on spikes, that is. 
The GP ICE RACE reinterprets the racing weekend. We’re not just a race, we’re a festival! After two years without spectators on site, we are excited to welcome you back in Zell am See!
 
 
 

Bringing Traditions back to life

 

Three exciting days of motorsports under extreme conditions & an extraordinary atmosphere. It had almost been forgotten… Now it’s back: the traditional ice race in the breathtaking mountain landscape of Zell am See. Amateur and professional racers, teams and manufacturers compete on ice. A true highlight for fans of automotive dreams and an intense experience of freedom, precision and speed. 
After a hiatus of almost half a century, the tradition has come back to life. What started as an idea of two friends is now a spectacular winter event for motorsport fans in the beautiful Austrian Alps! The GP ICE RACE is home to modern GT and rally vehicles, as well as classics and icons of automotive history! The last weekend in January turns the little town of Zell am See into a motorsport festival. Whatever can go on spikes, gets to roll on the ice.
Participants race in different divisions; some even master Skijöring being pulled on skis by a car on the ice track. Next to competitive races, show runs with classics and prototypes are further highlights of the event. The goal is to bring motorsport enthusiasts closer together. Plans for 2023 take advantage of the move to the larger airport site in Zell – including a motorsport grandstand, a drift circle made of ice, and a karting track – of course made out of ice (yes, this means the karts run on spikes, so hop in)! In addition, the GP team puts an emphasis on the GP ICE RACE becoming a synonym for sustainable motorsport and future-oriented mobility. 
 
 
The current COVID-19 protective regulations, as specified by the Austrian government, apply. 
As of October 2022, the GP ICE RACE can take place without restrictions.

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.

 

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.

GP ICE RACE 2022 – ICEOLATED

COVID forces another year of no visitors on-site. Nevertheless, GP kept going with a week of content productions – the GP ICE RACE ICEOLATED Edition kicked off the new year as an automotive media highlight on ice.With special guests like Max Verstappen, Ken Block, Aksel Svindal and JP Kraemer joining us in Zell am See we kept the GP Spirit alive and could include millions of you watching on the screens at home.

 

Unforeseen changes in 2022 forced us to regroup, refocus and adjust to external circumstances. Whatever the weather, conditions, traction or Corona limbo – together with sponsors, partners and competitors we modified planning but not our expectations. Expanding from a three day event to a week of automotive highlights, we were able to keep most of our planned event assets and create a digital kick-off for the year.

 

GP IS MOVING FROM AN EVENT TO A BRAND. FOLLOW OUR SOCIALS TO STAY UP TO DATE AND SEE WHERE THIS JOURNEY IS GOING!

Media Registration

capture the gp ice race through your lense!

Would you like to join the GP ICE RACE 2023 as professional journalist or photographer? Join us in Zell as media representative! 

Please bear in mind that you will need an official editorial assignment to apply for a media pass (Details on permits will be specified on registration page).

 

 

Media Registration

capture the gp ice race through your lense!

Would you like to join the GP ICE RACE 2023 as professional journalist or photographer? Join us in Zell as media representative! 

Please bear in mind that you will need an official editorial assignment to apply for a media pass (Details on permits will be specified on registration page).

 

 

Race on ice with us!

Sounds good?

 

…then come race at the GP ICE RACE 2023 with us! 

Please bear in mind that you will need official racing permits and appropriate ice buckets to participate (details on permits will be specified on the registration page). 

Alternatively, permits can be acquired on site). We know spots for the races and skijöring will be in high demand, and we will do our best to ensure a wide variety of fun buckets. 

 

Sign up as competitor via the link below!

 

Race on ice with us!

Sounds good?

 

…then come race at the GP ICE RACE 2023 with us! 

Please bear in mind that you will need official racing permits and appropriate ice buckets to participate (details on permits will be specified on the registration page). 

Alternatively, permits can be acquired on site). We know spots for the races and skijöring will be in high demand, and we will do our best to ensure a wide variety of fun buckets. 

 

Sign up as competitor via the link below!

 

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