Despite the unusually warm winter we're having this year, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have Jessi and Patrick check ice racing off The List. So we sent them to New York to meet our good friend and ice-racing expert, Engadget.com editor-in-chief Tim Stevens, for an inside look at this very special and frigid sport. Thanks to the courtesy of the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club, they were able to get in and complete their objective before the warm temperatures returned the track back into a lake.

As Tim explains in the episode, the great thing about ice racing is the amount of time you actually spend racing. And with two classes that cover both stock and modified vehicles, anyone can race with whatever they've got in their garage. But as Jessi and Patrick learn, racing on ice is easier said than done.

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      bigbeardogsxiv
      • 2 Years Ago
      No it is not new. I was ice racing on rivers in Wisconsin in the 70's with my uncles. They raced with their uncles when they were kids. Someone was probably ice racing during prohibition when they brought the booze into Detroit from Canada across the ice.
      lthrnck68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never did ice racing, but enjoyed spinning cars in icy parking lots.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really do think the hosts have gotten better with each show! I liked this one, looking forward to the next item on the list!
      Mick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Used to do this on Sodus Bay in Western NY in the 60's with a '63 split window Stingray coupe. Funaminute!
      Sandra
      • 2 Years Ago
      I did this once--without intending to--on our town square. Fortunately, there were very few cars around and I didn't hit one of them.
      fastfreddyford6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did snow and ice racing back late 60's ,and still like snow to drive in.
      Mickie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Type your comment here Want some real excitement? Try ice racing on motorcycles.
      Galileo Prodctns
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for giving us the credit....We've been working on this ice driving idea for years.... GALILEO PRODUCTIONS, LLC www.galileoproductions.com
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Michelle CD
      • 2 Years Ago
      New? I did htis some 30 years ago on a half C shaped pond, and we didn't use studded snow tires. Didn't plow the snow off first either, the wind had pretty much taken careof that keeping the snow blown over against the banks. Took some old beaters down a fishing ramp and onto the ice once we knew it was thick enough, and started in. Yep, had a lot of bumper car action but didn't worry aobut it, bounce off the bank and take off again. Someone get stucked, someone else would come along and take care of it for them, a bit of a jar at times, but we had a blast.
      Jessica Reich
      • 2 Years Ago
      My dad tells stories of ice racing back in the late 60s and the 70s- it's on my list!
      sbgaard
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is a not really "new" sport. back in the late 60s, early 70s a friend went ice racing. very organized and well attended. dangerous, and costly. had to repair the car a lot.
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