Our buddy Egil Håskjold make the trek from his home on the stormy Atlantic coast of Norway to the frigid interior, where temps are low and the spirits are high. What was the occasion? you might ask. You see, in Norway it gets cold enough to freeze lakes big enough to turn into racetracks. Okay, so it gets that cold in few other places too, but Norway also has a strong car culture and lakes close enough to major population centers to make this is a thing. If you’re a motorhead you’d be crazy to not take advantage of conditions like that!
Without further ago, here’s Egil: Gatebil on Ice has been on the Gatebil calendar for many years now. The event is held at Hebbes Racing in Sigdal. Sigdal is not the center of the universe I must say…
The drive up to the lake is through idyllic Norwegian winter scenery. And the road is narrow, so meeting the snow plow with a wide trailer on can get scary!
There is everything from the top of the line Evos to the standard Mazda 1200.
Fredrik Sørlie’s infamous blue Cressida is a regular on the ice!
It is a nice way for the people in the Gatebil scene to get out their cars and just have fun on the ice. The event is bring what you got.
For most drivers it’s the first event of the year, but Fredric Aasbø was fresh from his win at FD Asia in Thailand.
You don’t often see a Porsche 928 on rally spike tyres, but when you do it is cool!
There are two tracks: one for ice spike tyres and one for the cars with normal studded tyres. The Polizei car was there to make sure you have the right tyres on the right track!
Aasbø had some fun in his Toyota 86X, and that he did in a massive way. There were many Mitsubishi Evos at the lake.
But not only high powered crazy cars are at the event.
Some cars are relatively stock!
Volvos are very popular at Gatebil on Ice!
Kenneth Alm was also out in his infamous Audi A4.