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The Peterborough Motor Sports Club begins its 61st year with Ice Race and Awards Night

Most regular drivers are likely fed up with this winter’s frigid temperatures, snow banks and ice covered roads.

However, all that is just what more than 150 ice racing drivers are hoping for on the weekend of January 18 and 19.

The Peterborough Motor Sports Club (PMSC) will host round-one in the six-weekend Magnum Ice Race Series at the Minden Fairgrounds in Minden Hills Township. It will be the club’s first event of 2014.

The races are sanctioned by the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs-Ontario Region.

The racing series takes place on a man-made, one kilometre long ice track built by members of the Minden Kinsmen Club.

Drivers will compete in rubber to ice, street stud and competition stud classes where cars can reach speeds of 130 km/h (depending on conditions).

Races start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. There is no admission charge for spectators. In case of rain, the races will be rescheduled for March 1 and 2. More information on ice racing is available at www.casc.on.ca.

On Wednesday, January 22, PMSC will hand out a total of 17 plaques and trophies for excellence in several motorsport disciplines sponsored by the club in 2013 including ice racing, autoslalom and rallies.

The awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. preceded by dinner hour at 6:30 p.m. at The Souvlaki Pit, 75 George Street North in Peterborough. The public is welcome to attend.

More information on PMSC is available at www.pmsc.on.ca.

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