“If participating in a school like this isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. Dress warm and prepare to amaze yourself.”Michael Taylor, Co-President, TrackWorthy Group, Ltd.
And just to make sure that you are in fact driving on a surface akin to a skating rink, our friends at AMG have ensured that all of the race tracks and skid pads are groomed by heavy machinery and covered in more than a million liters of water.
Regarding any concern you might have that you and 18 expensive cars (and a few dozen people) might fall through the ice, one needn’t worry. 15 cm of ice can hold up one car, 150 cm of ice can hold up a 747. Due to the extremely cold winter that northern Manitoba has been experiencing, the lake had frozen to a depth of more than 160 cm, or more than five feet. Considering we were in a Bay that is only 6 to 8 feet deep, we had absolutely nothing to worry about.
The small town of Gimli has really taken a shining to the AMG team and its driving academy participants. Gimli is a summer town and, other than a few ice fisherman in the winter, not much is going on. The difference now is that for one month in the dead of winter, the hotel, gas station, local grocery store and lake is busy with dozens of participants having the times of their life learning how to drift on a frozen lake. If participating in a school like this isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. Dress warm and prepare to amaze yourself.
For more information you can visit Mercedes-Benz Canada’s Driving Academy site.
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