Automobile Ice Racing is just that – racing cars on ice. There are two clubs in British Columbia that organize Ice Racing.
Organized by the Western Canadian Ice Racing Association of BC (aka Cars On Ice) and sanctioned by the Con-federation of Auto Sport Car Clubs, Ice Racing has been operating in the Cache Creek/Ashcroft area of British Columbia for over thirty five years. Racing takes place on Barnes Lake located just outside of Ashcroft where a race track of approximately 1.0 km is plowed as soon as the ice is thick enough and the snow starts to fall.
Organized by the Knox Mountain Motor Sports Club and also sanctioned by the Confederation of Auto Sport Car Clubs, there has been Ice Racing in the Okanagan region of BC off and on for approximately 15 years. Racing in the Okanagan takes place on either Duck Lake just outside of Kelowna or Swan Lake in Vernon.
Races take place during the months of January and February and attracts entrants from all over the province of BC and even some from Washington state. Cars raced can be anything from 40 year old Austin Mini’s and Datsun 510’s to the modern Hondas, Nissans, Chevettes and Volkswagens. The tires these cars use to race on the slippery surface of the ice can be studded or just regular snow tires. Regular snow tires sometimes used are Bridgestone Blizzaks, Nokian Hakkapeliitta or Michelin Alpine.