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Car races on frozen tracks pulled huge crowds in the middle of the 20th century. The Ice Race in Zell am See on the upcoming weekend is reviving this tradition.

When Zell freezes over
From 1937 until 1974 ices races were a top event during the winter season at Zell am See. Source: Historic Archive, Porsche AG
Winter wonderland – the Austrian resort of Zell am See is a paradise for skiers.
First horses, then horsepower – the sport of Skijoring sees skiers pulled across the ice behind a car.
The Polo GTI R5 is Volkswagen’s brand-new rally car for customer sport.
“Traction like on tarmac” – Volkswagen driver Romain Dumas is looking forward to the ice race on spiked tyres.
Volkswagen driver Jochi Kleint (left) will drive the twin-engine Golf used at the Pikes Peak hill climb in 1987. Hans-Joachim Stuck (right) will present a Grand Prix car from Auto Union, in which his father Hans enjoyed success on the hill climb scene.
From the mountain to the ice: the 1987 Golf Mk2 Pikes Peak will thrill fans in Zell am See.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was always in contention at ice races in the 1950s. Source: Historic Archive, Porsche AG
Spectacular show at the legendary ice race. Source: Historic Archive, Porsche AG
Rally legends: the Golf Mk2 GTI “Group A” will also be in action at the Ice Race. Rally ace Jochi Kleint will be at the wheel of a replica of the car that won the 1986 World Rally Championship.
From Pikes Peak in the USA to Zell am See in Austria – Volkswagen will exhibit the ID. R.

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