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Where and when was your first ice race!


I saw a similar post to this on the Mo Hud Facebook page about where everyone did there first autocross and it was neat.

Tell us where, when, what club, and what kind of a car it was you first started ice racing in.

For me it was with NYSIRA (The New York State Ice Racing Association) 1982 at Cossayuna Lake in a shortened 1966 Citroen DS21. I remember my first race well I sat in the snow bank for most of the race and watched the other racers have fun!

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Re: Where and when was your first ice race!


1966, I think, at Lake George, driving an MG 1100. With AMEC. Uneventful.
Like Dave, I spent a lot of time in snow banks when I got more serious with my SAAB 96.

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Re: Where and when was your first ice race!


Feb 12 2006 at Wells.

Here is the final results for that year and if you click on the person's name, you will get a picture of the car.

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Pic of my Dodge in 2006.

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in 2007 I ran the E class in a Civic.
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1983 @ Warners Lake with NYSIRA(New York State Ice Racing Association) in the open in my Dad's 1977 SAAB 99. My first race in my own car was 1989 @ Caroga Lake in a 1971 Saab 96. That was an AMEC event. I was a NYSIRA member
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Wells,NY Feb 15 2016

I drove 400 miles from Cleveland it was only my 3rd time driving in the snow as I am a San Diego transplant!

Can't wait for the ice to form and run again! Hoping for a lonnnng season so my west coast friends can fly in and join the fun.

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2-3-13. Pretty sure it was in Wells
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My first outing on ice was at Clark Nichols' Pittsfield Winter Carnival time trials event circa 2000-2001.

I did it with a nearly new Miata on Blizzaks. Even managed a podium that first time out which was something of a surprise.

I came away from that event thinking how could something that's so much fun be right under my nose each winter and I've overlooked it!

That event set the hook. I tossed my plans to get my Miata fully caged and the same for returning to SCCA club racing. In fact, I eventually tossed the Miata too for that red NX2000 you've seen out there from time to time.

The last few years I've been your grid guy. But this season, I'll tack onto the back of the field after I send you out. Fun awaits us!

Let us hope Lady Luck smiles our way weather-wise.

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Thanks for posting everyone we are beginning to get some "traction" on this thread. Having said that as of 12-27-2017 95 people have read this thread and only 6 of us posted where your first ice race was. Don't be scared even if it was your first time last season please put it up emoticon

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Well look what the cat dragged in. emoticon

I remember making posts like Dave's above, trying to get people to post years ago. I understand his request. I stumbled upon my first ice race on Round Lake in late February of '92. I went there simply to go ice skating and didn't know ice racing even existed. I knew at once that this was something I wanted to try, so I asked around on the ice for someone to get info from, and was pointed to Dave Burnham. Dave welcomed me and gave me an old newsletter and a membership form to join the club. Opening day in '93 was on January 17th. It was in Wells and it was a [sign in to see URL]. race. I was ready to go with an '83 Nissan Pulsar that my sister in law gave me. It was the first year of Menards, but I didn't know if ice racing was for me yet, so I went low budget and [with Bruce Carlton's guidance] built an old school set of screw tires with an old set of A78-13 bias ply snow tires. They sucked, but I didn't figure that out right away. I thought it was just me. For the last event of '92 on Lake George, I bought two Menards for the front wheels and things got better in a hurry after that.

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My first solo ice race was at the Pittsfield, MA Winter carnival (early 1990s?), where I ran my 86 VW GTI with broken front swaybar and had a blast!

First W2W ice race was NMIRA in ME (mid 1990s?). I drove up from CT to New Meadows, ME in the same 86 GTI, raced wheel to wheel for a several hour enduro during which my inexperience with W2W got me broad-sided so I could no longer open the drivers door or window, and distinctly remember reaching out through an open sunroof to pay tolls on the way home.

Parted the GTI for tuition money, went back to school to eventually earn enough for a tow vehicle and trailer, discovered AMEC, dedicated my red/yellow Scirocco, and had more inexpensive fun than I'd ever thought possible until life got in the way. More, please emoticon

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