Though it was small some-more than a diversion for winter visitors to Switzerland in a 1930s, a Austrians fast remade a activity into a fantastic event. In St. Moritz it was a rather composed affair, involving small some-more than riderless horses with a draw rope, pulling skiers on a solidified lake.
The landscape around Zell am See has a same celestial qualities as a St. Moritz area, with a brooding Bergsee, a monumental Alpine backdrop of soaring white peaks shimmering in a cold winter atmosphere – and has been serve sanctified with a pioneering figure in cars and motorsports, as Professor Ferdinand Porsche chose to make his family home in this picture-postcard plcae during a feet of a Schmittenhöhe.
Grand Prix on ice
With a penetrating clarity of how to put on a good show, a Zell proprietor transposed a complicated Engadin equine batch with motorcycles, moving courageous skiers opposite a solidified lake during hair-raising speeds. The Zell am See skijöring offering all a open could wish for, as early as 1937, yet it usually unequivocally began to develop after a Second World War. From 1952, a eventuality was hold in memory of a good designer, Prof. Dr. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche himself, as it became something like a Grand Prix on ice, with apart motorcycle and automobile classifications.
The healthy subsequent step was for a rising sports automobile manufacturer to adopt a competition as a own, and to send along a full group of ice racers from a possess stable: Porsche 356 Coupés, and after a 550 Spyder mid-engine competition car, seemed with bureau drivers like Richard von Frankenberg and Huschke von Hanstein during a wheel, as good as internal competitors such as Otto Mathé and Ernie Vogel. Mathé – a one-armed motorist from Innsbruck – was simply in his component on ice and was roughly unbeatable in a Porsche Monoposto that he had grown and built himself. In his veteran life, Ernie Vogel was a manufacturer; as boss of a Austrian Porsche Club he knew adequate about speed to kick Graf Berghe von Trips, one of a best wet-weather private competition automobile drivers in Central Europe, in an RSK Spyder bureau Porsche.
These kings of ice and sleet revelled in a universe of large drifts and cascading falls until a ice melted – utterly literally: in 1974 a Unimog, together with a driver, sank in a lake during sleet clearance, and a ice racing eventuality in Zell am See seemed to be consigned to a story books.
Now Ferdinand Porsche, great-grandson of a record colonize and grandson of a association founder, is set to relaunch this fantastic eventuality on 19 and 20 January. The initial ice competition of a millennium will be hold during a Zell am See airfield, showcasing all a competition has to offer, including furloughed cars and selected vehicles.
The drivers are also legends in their possess right, with a créme de la créme of a racing universe to be found in and around a several Porsche sports cars, including Le Mans leader Hans-Joachim Stuck, stream GT racers such as Richard Lietz, continuation universe champion Mark Webber as good as two-time rallying universe champion Walter Röhrl.
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