Shock emoji! Tomasz Schafernaker and his team of weather watchers have said that the UK is set for a dusting of snow this week.
As you well know, our little island doesn’t deal with the cold white stuff from the sky that well. Each year, our inboxes are deluged by a host of sanctimonious ‘driving tips’, ordering you to email the Highways Agency a detailed itinerary of your morning commute, and pack at least a dozen emergency flares in case you become buried in the half-centimetre of snow forecast. But, as the inaugural GP Ice Race in Zell am See, Austria, proved last weekend, this doesn’t need to be the case.
And if you want to turn up the risk, all you have to do is strap a mate on skis to the back of your car as you slither sideways around a short, twisty circuit with hard, immovable ice banks at the side.
Believe it or not, it’s an actual sport known as ‘Skijöring’. It started out in Norway where a skier would be pulled along by a horse and a sledge dog, and became an official event at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz. In the early Fifties, someone had the bright idea to ditch the horses and get tugged along by a car. Porsches, no less.
And now people are back at it. Ferdinand Porsche (the great-grandson of Ferry Porsche) recently teamed up with a mate to host a new ice racing extravaganza that sees a mixture of the coolest cars with some of the coolest drivers on the planet, hit the ice and tow a load of skiers in front of a crowd of 8,000 people.
Aside from a multitude of Porsches (everything from big-winged 550 Spyders with rubber rings behind, to the latest, greatest RS models like the GT2 RS), legends like Hans-Joachim ‘Striezel’ Stuck also hit the ice an Auto Union Type C racer from 1938, while Walter Röhrl kept things lit in an Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 Group B car. Thanks to the VW Group connection, rarities like the twin-engined VW Golf Pikes Peak car from 1987 also came out to play, while at the other end of the spectrum Daniel Abt drifted about in his Audi Formula E car.
Being a Porsche love-in, the new 911 (the 992) also made a spectacular entrance via helicopter to the slopes. And just like its Seventies grandpappy, a few 992s were seen around the pits fitted with skis on the back, instantly increasing their coolness.
Click through the gallery above (stopping to admire the dog in the sheepskin coat checking out the pair of GT3 Tourings) and let us know what car you’d like to be towed behind on skis below.
Photography: Alex Penfold