It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
With Muskoka in winter’s full grip, it seems appropriate to share what former area residents did for fun this time of year. Like racing on the lakes.
The Muskoka Motor Sports Club held the first Dice on Ice in 1951.
Dice on Ice made the rounds of several North Muskoka lakes in the 1950s and ’60s. It spent a few years on Mary Lake, followed by Hunters Bay and Pen Lake at Hidden Valley.
According to David A. Charters in The Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing and Rallying in Canada 1951-1991, “By the 1960s, ice races were regular features for many clubs, and they usually attracted several dozen racers and thousands of spectators, drawn to the hilarious spectacle of wildly spinning cars vanishing into clouds of snow. The inevitable collisions encouraged racers to use older (and cheaper) cars, so ice racing was not usually a venue for ‘hot machinery.’ Rather, it featured the agile and sure-footed European sedans – VWs, Minis, Renaults, NSUs, DKWs, and Citroens. But the usual British sports cars raced as well and frequently won.”
Do you remember Dice on Ice? Tell us about it in the comments.
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