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A Beautiful Day for Ice Racing

On Jan 29, 2005 I finally did something I had been wanting to do for a few years - I made it to the Minden Fairgrounds to see the CASC-OR ice racing. It was a perfect day for ice racing. The temperature was cold enough to have ice racing but not too cold to stand and watch.

If you've never seen ice racing, do yourself a favour and go see it. Fun is the order of the day for everyone - drivers, crews and spectators alike. Many of the cars even have passengers. If you have an approved helmet and sign the waiver, you can ride along in the races. Best of all, the admission for spectators is free.

The races run every year from mid-January to the last weekend of February or the first weekend of March, weather permitting. The racing takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. Racing is all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon.

The cars are separated into classes by drive train type, wheelbase and rubber or studded tires. Obviously, the studded tire cars are much faster and corner like a sprint car. Most of the cars have only basic preparation for racing. Extra weight (ie much of the interior) has been removed, lights are removed and the bumpers are prepared to prevent hooking with each other. Roll cages are basic and are only required for the studded tire cars.

All in all, ice racing is a blast for everyone. It's relatively inexpensive to compete and a lot of fun to watch.