According to The Detroit Free Press, the contest has brought the community together, and everyone has been talking about it in the small town. A Rotary Club member donated the Saturn, and students at a local vocation school gave the car the eye-catching orange and black paint job. In a nod towards environmental friendliness, they also drained all the fluids and removed the drivetrain. The sedan was tethered to a tree, too, for easy retrieval after the inevitable plunge.
The idea for this stunt is actually around 70 years old. As far back as the '40s, local groups were parking cars on the lake, which was formed from a flooded mining pit, and held contests on when the jalopies would fall in. Rotary member Jeff DeRidder told The Detroit Free Press he remembered his grandfather talking about the fundraisers, and it inspired him to revive the practice in the town.
Given the weather this year and Iron Mountain's position in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the bettors probably have a long wait until the winner is decided.