ICE RACING – How to get involved


The 2018 Ice Race season is rapidly approaching.  Want to know more on how to get into this inexpensive, “grass roots”,  door-to-door racing?

I include a pamphlet we published in 2016 explaining Ice Racing for “Newbies”.

I also have a link to a professionally produced video on the sport.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Dan Demers or Tim Fleguel.


Len Arminio


ICE RACING – A Truly Canadian Motorsport
Get On The Ice for High Fun Factor at Minimal Cost
Ice Racing started in Ontario more than 60-years ago, and the Peterborough Motor Sports Club was one of the original organizers of the sport in the mid-1950s.Ice Racing continues to thrive as an inexpensive, fun part of the Ontario motorsport scene.The events were originally held on frozen lakes and rivers including, Chemong, Clear, and Bass in Orillia.   However changes in weather patterns resulted in the Ontario championships being moved to more consistent and permanent facilities at the fairgrounds in Minden, Ontario provided by the Minden Kinsmen Club. The one km track is laid out and then repeatedly coated with water until here is a thick layer of ice between the snowbanks that delineate the course. The ice race season starts in mid to late January and runs until early March, usually consisting of six two-day events.

For competition purposes ice racing cars are divided into classes, all with engines up to 3000cc:


Rubber-to-ice classes are restricted to un-studded tires. Other than an approved helmet, no other specialized safety equipment is required – the manufacturer’s original three-point safety harness is acceptable. In order to increase competitor participation and to further reduce the costs, there is also a ‘second driver’ series for each of the rubber-to-ice classes. This allows two drivers to compete for the entire season by sharing one race car.
CLASS 1: All rear wheel drive up to 4801 mm or 189″

overall length as measured at the racetrack.

CLASS 2: Front engine, front wheel drive up to 3000 cc

CLASS 4: Specials, modified, and 4WD, up to 3000cc



CLASS 11: Second driver in Class 1 Cars

CLASS 12: Second driver in Class 2 Cars

CLASS 14: Second driver in Class 4 Cars



For drivers who want to go slightly faster, there are Street Stud classes. Essentially these classes conform to the above classes regarding engine location, displacement and driven wheels, but the regular tires are replaced with studded tires providing close competition while helping maintain Minden’s ice surface. The tires and studs are available through an Ontario supplier.
CLASS SS1: Cars conforming to Class 1

CLASS SS2: Cars conforming to Class 2

CLASS SS4: Cars conforming to Class 4



Class SS11: Cars conforming to Class 1

Class SS12: Cars conforming to Class 2

Class SS14: Cars conforming to Class 4

As noted above, any car with an engine capacity of less than 3.0 litres is eligible to compete for a Class Championship. It doesn’t matter whether the car is a sedan, coupe, station wagon or small pick-up, equipped with an automatic or standard transmission, front wheel, rear wheel or all-wheel drive, just as long as it is mechanically sound – and within your budget.

A competitor can spend as little as $300-$500 on a car, or as much as $5,000 or more. Most ice race cars are older models. The average is about 12-years old but are still mechanically sound.

For the rubber-to-ice classes, the minimum car preparation would involve the removal of headlights, tail lights and any exterior plastic trim that could break in a collision. Bumpers must be modified so that they cannot ‘hook up’ with another car and cause a crash. The brakes, steering and safety equipment must be in proper working order. Airbags must be removed.

All cars must have a bright running light at the rear and at least one working brake light.

The only somewhat pricey safety equipment a driver is required to buy is a helmet that meets the standards outlined in the CASC Ontario Ice Racing Rules. These rules also provide information on roll bar construction, seat belt anchor points and other modifications should the competitor desire them.

If you wish to improve the car there are many simple things you can do. The most common is to remove as much weight as possible from the car, particularly in the area of the non-driven wheels. This usually involves the removal of the rear seats, all upholstery panels, and anything else that is not necessary in a racing car.

Weight can be added in the area of the driving wheels to improve traction. The amount of weight necessary might be small in the case of a front wheel drive car, or as much as four hundred pounds for a rear wheel drive car.

Probably the most important element of ice racing is tires. There is a fine balance between the weight carried over the tire, the power transferred, and the co-efficient of friction of the contact patch. As the condition of the ice can change from lap to lap, it’s a challenge to get maximum power down while maintaining traction.

In rubber-to-ice classes, the tire surface can be improved by tractionizing, a process which mechanically chews up the surface of the tire to improve its grip. Many clubs own a tractionizing machine, or you can get it done trackside for a small charge per tire. To stay competitive, the average rubber–to-ice driver spends about $300-$500 a season on tires and/or preparation.

In order to participate in ice racing in Ontario, you must be a member of a CASC Ontario affiliated club. Contact them – they’ll be glad to hear from you. Ask about their club’s philosophy, experience, number of active racing members, and try to attend one of their meetings. Once you’ve identified the club you’d like to join, do so – it will prove to be your biggest source of information and ongoing help as you get started.


Information, tips and sources are available on the Ice Race Forum on the

CASC website and on Facebook- Ice Racing in Minden.




Start: Tim Horton’s Bobcaygeon
101 East Street S, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0  (HWY 36)

GPS 44.53862/-78.54148

Finish: TBD (but somewhere in Bobcaygeon)
Touring, Novice, Expert Instructions
$45 Entry
Reg: 9:30 am
Start: CAR “0” 11:00am
Distance: 200 kms (3.5-4 HOURS)



Here’s a reminder that the Dog Days of Summer Solo will be Sunday, August 20 at Kawartha Speedway.    Registration at 8:30am.

Entry Fees:  $20 members/ $30 non-members.


Our annual Rally-Golf fun rally is Wednesday, August 23rd.   Registration at 5:30pm.  First car “Tee-Off” at 6:01pm.

43 km, about one-hour tour to find golf “holes” and your score on each hole (par, birdie, bogie…..etc).


Meet at Rallis Burger Family Restaurant, 888 Ward Street, Bridgenorth (Next to the Beer Store).

Please contact Dan ASAP at:  to let him know you are attending.

NOTICE: PMSC Rally Sprint event this Fall


Your club is in the process of organizing an event at Burnt River for November 11th. There are many pieces that need to be collected and fitted together;  venue route(s), costs, entry fees, etc…etc…etc. before we can say too much more, but it looks like it will be a Rally Sprint event of 40km. Watch this website and Facebook Page  for further info in days, weeks and months to come.


REMINDER: Two mid-summer events coming up in the next few days.

Mid-Summer Solo Auto-Cross on Sunday, July 23 at Kawartha Speedway. reg at 8:30. Walk-through around 10:00. Cost: $20 members/$30 non-members.

4th Annual PMSC GPS fun rally on Wednesday evening, July 26th. S/F at Marty Moo’s Chicken and Ribs, Keene Road just south of Hwy 7/Lansdowne East. reg 5:30pm. First car 6:00pm.
Compact route of about 50kmh (1+hour). Find your way to turns, landmarks and DIY CPs using GPS coordinates. No entry fee. Dinner after and Prizes for all.

Please let me know if you are coming so I can have route books & cards printed, prizes collected and letting the restaurant know how many to expect.

June Events UPDATE

Two June Events for PMSC


June 15, 2017:

Set aside Sunday June 18th for the PMSC annual Speed Weekend Solo (autoslalom). 

 Why not spend a few hours on Father’s Day and enjoy a half dozen runs proving your driving skills on the parking lot tarmac at Kawartha Speedway?

Registration opens at 8:30am and the first runs will take place a little after 10:00 am.

Entry fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Contact Travis Grubb at:

On Wednesday evening, June 28, the club will hold its annual Poker Rally organized by Alain Cabardos.

 Meet at St Louis Bar & Grill parking lot on Lansdowne Street West  at 5:45pm. Car “0” leaves at 6:15pm.   The 53km route is 95% pavement.

If you plan to attend, let Alain know ASAP.  If you wish to stick around for dinner, let him know that too so he can tee up the restaurant.

 Entry is FREE.

There will be prizes for the best hands and draw prizes after the event.

Contact Alain at:


Spring Run Off Rally a Success

Cobourg, April 29th, 2017 – A good turnout for the 2017 edition of the PMSC Spring Run Off Rally on Saturday.   Sixteen entries including two teams from Michigan and one entry with a German visitor in a lovely VW Westphaila (with German license plates).

The MLRC wife-husband team of Jane and Bruce Leonard topped the Expert Class with a mere 3.0 penalties over the 17 checkpoints. Gary Neil and Murray Dammeier  of KWRC clocked in second while Gord Olmstead and Phil Hooper of KWRC finished third.   PMSC entry Chris Johnson and his navi, Brandon Pace of KWRC wound up  sixth after missing the sixth checkpoint on-route.

Torry Skurski and Chris Holland of KWRC won the Novice Class.

There was also one “Touring Class” competitor, our German friends, Devin Busch and Ryan Barrett.

Fifteen of the entries finished the 200km route with one car suffering damage in a traffic accident.

The Spring Run Off Rally was the fourth event of the 2017 Ontario Road Rally Championship season. The next rally in the series will be May 20th with the  Blossom Rally in Kitchener.