ACTC Stock Car Racing in Antarctica
  • ACTC Stock Car Racing in Antarctica
  • ACTC Stock Car Racing in Antarctica

  • ACTC Stock Car Racing in Antarctica

  • ACTC Stock Car Racing in Antarctica

Argentina has apparently brought stock car racing to Antarctica for the very first time. The Asociacion Corredores Turismo Carretera recently teamed up with the Argentina Air Force and the interior ministry to bring one racer to the frozen continent. Hugo Mazzacane, vice president of the racing organization, piloted the car down 3,937 feet of runway in temperatures of four degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. We aren't exactly sure of the motivations behind the stunt, but our Google Translator informs us that the trip had something to do with bringing renewed passports to those already stationed on Antarctica.

Then again, if you have to ask why, you probably shouldn't be anywhere near motorsports in the first place. There's no indication as to what kind of preparations were taken to ensure that the car could perform in the cold or what kind of driving suit Mazzacane had to don in order to keep from freezing himself out of the cockpit. Still, looks like a fun time to us.


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      Myself
      • 4 Years Ago
      No cooling probelms, I guess....
      Michael
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's pollute on the last continent left! Perfect.
        Shooter
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Well the supplies delivered to the researchers don't arrive by zero-emissions aircraft. Have a penguin burger and relax.
          JayCee
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Shooter
          Yeah, the base's supplies are delivered in old C130 but are "range extended" not fuel powered hahaha
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Last continent left? Huh? Aren't YOU on a continent?
      erak686
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it really necessary to ruin and pollute such a pristine environment?
      Maxi
      • 4 Years Ago
      I´m Argentine, and thought the same about pollution.. very sad.. (but I feel the same sad when I see the size of engines in USA). The reason was to "celebrate" the oldest racing category in the world that continue race today (I just know when I reed the news) The car, its a bit old (not engine). its a Torino (build in Argentina between 60's and 80's , first by IKA and later by, Renault. Its a local copy of your old Rambler America (there are a lot of pages talking about this car, an icon in our Pampas). The category also race Ford Falcon (the older, no the new Australian model) , Dodge GT (some similar to your old Charger ) and Chevrolet "chevy" (your old Nova).
        JayCee
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Maxi
        I agree with you Maxi, TC is a dinosaur... but a dinosaur that refuses to die, mainly because is strongly sticked to the fan's tradition, and the fan are who keep the money rolling to Aventin & Co's pockets.
          Maxi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JayCee
          Exactly. We have other races, but most popular is this. People come crazy when TC arrive to their cities, and some entusiast follow not a pilot, the brand! so. .we have chevy, falcon, dodge, and torinos fans. A few years ago, one pilot use his "stock car" (we don´t call stock cars to those cars) to Buenos Aires Streets (clearly not allowed, but...) If you ask me, I thing that this category will continue running the same cars after I die! je! Regards!!
        Shane Gardner
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Maxi
        Size of engines in the USA? Waaahhh
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lemmings that still believe the global warming fairy tale will be all over this. They should immediately hop into a fossil fuel taxi, go the airport and fly on a fossil fuel air plane, and then cruise the rest of the way on a fossil fuel ocean liner so they can go protest this atrocity.
      Topote
      • 3 Years Ago
      Checking a little bit more yes the new passports and ID´s were delivered people to the at Marambio base by the interior minister
      Topote
      • 3 Years Ago
      A historical day for penguins a TC Torino speed up yesterday at de landing surface of Argentinian Antartica. the directors of the road tourism racers association ACTC traveled invited by Argentinian Air force and Interior´s ministry up to marambio´s base. The curious show took place yesterday afternoon, with temperatures below 4ºF. The TORO run for 2 hours on a 3937 ft long 131wide track. Driven by former pilot and actual VP of ACTC Hugo Mazzacane and by actual driver and member of ACTC Roberto Urretavizcaya. The car was specialy tuned for this unique race by Alfredo "Gardelito" Fernandez "THe ACTC Board of Directors landed at antartica with a Torino form the ancient racing active category in the world, according to Guinnes Book of Records, a historical race made by a racing car at the Hercules landing site on antartica" informed by ACTC in a press conference
      Easy_Eight
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't race with one car.
      Jorge Peregrina
      • 3 Years Ago
      The engine of this car is from a Jeep Cherokee made in Argentina.
      Topote
      • 3 Years Ago
      That´s exactly what the original spanish news says
      SloopJohnB
      • 4 Years Ago
      At only -4F the race car probably had enough excess heat from the engine to more than keep the driver warm!
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