Speeding over the ice at 100 km/h
Anyone who thinks that our exhibition vehicles can only be seen in the museum is really of the track: After 60 years, we will be participating with Otto Mathé’s “Fetzenflieger” in the legendary ice race in Zell am See on January 19 and 20, 2019!
With his self-built racing car the Austrian race driver Mathé was notorious and simply unbeatable at ice races. In Zell am See the one-armed “Ice King” won the “Prof. h. c. Ferdinand Porsche Memorial Race” in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1959! And just for the sake of completeness: In 1958, Mathé could not win because the race did not take place. The audience was astonished to see him drifting through the bends, fixing the steering wheel with his chest while he was shifting with his left hand. And then, he literally ran rings around Porsche race drivers like Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Richard von Frankenberg! Of course, we intend to continue this success story. . . Keep your fingers crossed for us!
First held in 1937, the historic ice race on the frozen lake and the Alpine airfield at Zell am See offered thrills and driving pleasure in a class of its own for all motor sports enthusiasts until 1974. After a break of 45 years, great-grandson Ferdinand Porsche and Vinzenz Greger will now be starting a contemporary new edition of this spectacular event with the “GP Ice Race“. Some motorsport VIPs such as Ice Race ambassador and motorsport legend Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck as well as Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Richard Lietz, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas, Jochi Kleint and Walter Röhrl have already confirmed.
During the two-day program, the traditional skijöring (skiers being pulled by racing cars) and show rides by prominent drivers are on the agenda, as well as competitions with current racing and rally vehicles and demo rides of historic motorsport racers – such as our “Fetzenflieger”.
By the way: The Porsche magazine 9:11 was our guest and presents in episode 10/ chapter 4 our “Fetzenflieger” with its Fuhrmann engine. Enjoy the video!