Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
Jan. 11, 2017 8:51 a.m.
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How do you improve your car control in the racing off season? Ever thought about trying ice racing? The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club's 2017 ice racing season starts this weekend, and their two-day race weekend in Lake George, New York, is scheduled for February 18 and 19.

How much driving time do you get? They run three 20-minute races for each class every single race day.

So what car would you take ice racing?

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Driven5 Dork
Jan. 11, 2017 9:29 a.m.

I'd prefer it to be "on Lake George" rather than "in Lake George".

iceracer PowerDork
Jan. 11, 2017 10:07 a.m.

You can be ON and IN Lake George at the same time.

iceracer PowerDork
Jan. 11, 2017 10:11 a.m.

I was going to announce the start of our season but now I don't have to.

Location: Lake Algonquin in Wells NY. Easy drive up NYS Rte. 30 north.

Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
Jan. 11, 2017 10:48 a.m.
Driven5 wrote: I'd prefer it to be "on Lake George" rather than "in Lake George".

Haha. Let me clarify: Lake George is a town.

ebonyandivory UltraDork
Jan. 11, 2017 12:13 p.m.

I'd love to see how my AWD 325 hp Yukon XL Denali would do.

It's been years since I've driven on frozen lakes. It's more fun than you can imagine.

rslifkin Dork
Jan. 11, 2017 12:18 p.m.
ebonyandivory wrote: I'd love to see how my AWD 325 hp Yukon XL Denali would do. It's been years since I've driven on frozen lakes. It's more fun than you can imagine.

IIRC, they don't allow any kind of trucks / SUVs Otherwise, I would have taken the Jeep out there by now...

ebonyandivory UltraDork
Jan. 11, 2017 12:30 p.m.

In reply to rslifkin:

We have a great (huge) pond that used to (hmmmm, it's been years since we had ice thick enough) that was so much fun.

I was in a 4x2 5spd Ranger and had friends in 4x4's. a plow made an enormous track to "race" on. It was HOURS of great fun.

Trackmouse Dork
Jan. 11, 2017 1:50 p.m.

Man I wish we had frozen lakes out here. Then again, we have some crazy snow right now, and therefore, after ten pm, my roads are a snowcross.

sachilles UltraDork
Jan. 11, 2017 2:23 p.m.

AMEC is very fortunate geographically I think. They seem to get the ice almost 3-4 weeks before us, and we are only 2-3 hours away....east and maybe a little north. I think the lakes themselves are in a sweet spot, and the one we use is just too large. Our smaller lakes are either too well populated and too popular with other recreation, or they have some springs that make thick ice a lot less common. Mike, how long has AMEC been doing the ice races as a group(either as AMEC or something else)?

LanEvo Reader
Jan. 11, 2017 3:13 p.m.

W2W or time trials format?

iceracer PowerDork
Jan. 11, 2017 5:27 p.m.

We just completed our 50th year. Meaning we started in 1965. Boy, things were different back then.

iceracer UltimaDork
Jan. 11, 2017 5:28 p.m.

wheel to wheel. check out some of our videos.

www.icerace.com

NordicSaab HalfDork
Jan. 11, 2017 6:23 p.m.

What are the chances a rental car would be allowed to run.

Nitroracer UltraDork
Jan. 11, 2017 8:08 p.m.

Ahhh, now I'm searching for another NX2000. Are there any left?

Woody MegaDork
Jan. 12, 2017 9:24 a.m.

I'm hoping to take this car to a few AMEC events this winter.

Miata Wintercrosser

iceracer UltimaDork
Jan. 12, 2017 10:07 a.m.

In reply to NordicSaab: Sure, as long as it has the proper tires and you have a legal helmet. Odds of it having the tires is slim. NO all-season tires are allowed.

iceracer UltimaDork
Jan. 12, 2017 5:25 p.m.

There have been some questions about running with non complying studded tires. We have the "20-20". Twenty minutes on track for $20.oo. Track day rules apply. This is during our lunch break. Other than Street Legal all others require a roll bar or cage.

Woody MegaDork
Jan. 12, 2017 6:21 p.m.
iceracer wrote: There have been some questions about running with non complying studded tires. We have the "20-20". Twenty minutes on track for $20.oo. Track day rules apply. This is during our lunch break. Other than Street Legal all others require a roll bar or cage.

So a convertible can run in Street Legal without a roll bar?

Ross413 Reader
Jan. 12, 2017 7:01 p.m.

So, Crown Vic with snow tires would be good to go for 2wd street legal? Might just come up for the 20/20...

Thanks Ross

nymalo New Reader
Jan. 13, 2017 10:46 a.m.

Ross, IF they are true snow tires, you will be fine. Bring your helmet.

iceracer UltimaDork
Jan. 13, 2017 10:47 a.m.

In reply to Woody: Yes

car39 HalfDork
Jan. 13, 2017 3:36 p.m.

Good people to play with. I did an autocross with them a couple of years back, had a blast.

Hi Dave!

iceracer UltimaDork
Jan. 13, 2017 5:15 p.m.

CONFIRMED : We are racing on Sunday the 15th. 12/15 inches of ice and no snow reported by the ice checkers It will be a pylon/cone race until a small berm gets built up. Hitting a cone is a stop and go penalty.

nymalo New Reader
Jan. 13, 2017 5:52 p.m.

If you never have been to a AMEC ice race, this video a great overview. Very Grassroots.

https://youtu.be/cDda-Zs-RlE

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