The next big ‘thing’ for off-road com­pe­ti­tion

4WDrive - - Contents - Words by An­drew Black­wood

An es­tab­lished sport with over 50 years of history, Ice­landic For­mula Of­froad is no longer the best-kept se­cret in the world of mo­tor­sports as on­line stream­ing video and so­cial me­dia posts are bring­ing footage to every­one. What be­gan as a friendly con­test among en­thu­si­asts in 1965 quickly ex­panded across the small is­land na­tion. Over the years it evolved into an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion. Since first leav­ing the shores of Ice­land in 1990, Ice­landic For­mula Of­froad ar­rived in North Amer­ica in 2016 and con­tin­ues to cap­ti­vate au­di­ences.

Imag­ine a child driv­ing a toy truck ver­ti­cally up cliffs, leap­ing through the air, plowing through the mud, and skip­ping across pud­dles. Now imag­ine do­ing that in a 1700 kg, 1600 hp mon­ster tackling im­pos­si­ble hills and skim­ming across 300 me­tres of wa­ter. That’s just where Ges­tur J In­golf­s­son finds him­self when pi­lot­ing his ma­chine named Drau­murinn – Ice­landic for “The Dream”. As a boy Ges­tur pas­sion­ately watched the Tor­faera races (trans­lates as “chaos”). He dreamed of one day hav­ing his own tor­faerubíllinn (chaos car). He spent many years crew­ing for other teams un­til De­cem­ber 2011 when he pur­chased Drau­murinn. Ges­tur is just one of dozens pi­lot­ing these ma­chines over, across or through any ob­sta­cle in their path.

Three dis­tinct classes of­fer some­thing for every­one. The street-driven class can be seen scal­ing the hills with li­cense tags and blink­ing tail­lights. The mod­i­fied class re­quires the ma­chine to main­tain the pro­duc­tion style body. Then the un­lim­ited class – the se­ri­ous ma­chines seen claw­ing their way to­wards the sky - with­out lim­its.

There’s no run­ning start to the hill climbs, and all tracks have sev­eral gates the driver must nav­i­gate. It’s de­signed like down­hill slalom ski­ing - but up­hill. Driv­ers earn points for go­ing through gates, and lose points for strik­ing gates, re­vers­ing or stop­ping.

Of­fi­cial races this year will be held in Ice­land, Nor­way, Swe­den and the USA. Com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors travel from Ice­land, Swe­den, Den­mark, Fin­land, Nor­way and across North Amer­ica. When asked about the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity across North Amer­ica, Ges­tur be­lieves so­cial me­dia and ac­cess to great man­u­fac­tur­ers are guid­ing this ex­pan­sion. Team Drau­murinn re­cently topped 10,000 fol­low­ers on Face­book, while spon­sors like RCV Per­for­mance, Ni­trous Ex­press and Reid Rac­ing keep “The Dream” alive.

2018 race dates be­gan May 12th across North­ern Europe and will con­tinue through Septem­ber. Then more than a dozen teams will pack into con­tain­ers and cross the ocean for the 3rd time to bring Ice­landic For­mula Of­froad to the USA in Dy­ers­burg, Ten­nessee Oct 4-7 with eyes on ex­pand­ing North Amer­ica events. If you know of a suit­able lo­ca­tion with soft ter­rain, huge hills and a good size pond, please get in con­tact! Live cov­er­age from the races via Face­book feed: www.face­book. com/team­drau­murinn High­lights will air on Ice­landic show Mo­torHaus and be avail­able on­line af­ter edit­ing https://www. face­­torhaustv/ Find Team Drau­murinn on­line at­drau­ Fol­low on Face­book, In­sta­gram or Twit­ter @team­drau­murinn. To learn more about Ice­landic For­mula Of­froad visit www.foice­, www. for­mu­laof­froad­ For spe­cific ques­tions or to find out how to get in­volved con­tact an­drew@team­drau­

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