Things you don’t see very often: a Formula E electric single-seater fitted with studded tyres, lapping a floodlit temporary ice track on a frozen airfield in Austria – while towing a skier. And yet, somehow, that might not be the oddest thing seen at the GP Ice Race event.
There was also a Porsche Taycan lapping the temporary track in Zell am See at the same time as a historic Porsche 911 rally car which, for reasons unclear, had a surfboard strapped to its roof rack.
You could also watch Hans Stuck performing demonstration runs in the Jagermeister-liveried March-Cosworth 741 he made his Grand Prix debut in at Monaco in 1974, fitted with twin studded tyres on the rear axle to offer a modicum of grip.
There was also the chance to watch the 2012 Dakar Rally-winning Mini All4 Racing, a car built for competition in arid deserts, in action in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The Mini was in good company, with a number of historic machines with rally raid-provenance competing.
And we haven’t even mentioned the classic Saabs, Volvos and Volkswagen Beetles. Or the forward-looking Volkswagen Golf eR1 electric racer. Or the historic Chevrolet Corvette. Or the one-off Bentley Continental GT W12, complete with skis on the roof. Or the motorbike sidecars, competition buggies, ice karts or the NASCAR stock car.
That multitude of bizarre sights were all part of the 2020 GP Ice Race at Zell am See. The event was first held last year, and serves as a sort icy Austrian Goodwood Festival of Speed, albeit on a far smaller scale. And, obviously for an event on an airfield, on a flat course rather than a hillclimb (although the Alps served as a stunning backdrop).