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1955 Winter Vintage Porsche Motor Skiing (With a Twist) the World’s Most Dangerous Sport

09 Feb

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The roots of ‘skijoring’ or motor skiing can be traced back to Bavaria, circa 1955, when a group of Germanic lunatics decided it would be a good idea to use motorbikes, VW Beetles and Porsches to tow themselves around for fun.

Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. The skiers are towed behind cars travelling at great speed.

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The concept is simple enough: put a rope on a car or motorcycle, presumably equipped with studded snow tires, then have the driver navigate a race course at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

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Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

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Evidently safety was not as big of a concern back then either. The speeds and proximities to other skiers in this clip are unlike anyone would have attempted.

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See the Teutonic madness, featuring Porsche 356s and even a Porsche 550 Spyder, a short but sensationalized video below.

You can spot the Porsche 550 Spyders in the video, and what appears to be Otto Mathe’s famous 4 cam-powered single seat racer, which you can see in person visiting the Prototype Museum in Hamburg.

Probably the Gmund 040, then used by Otto Mathe to tow his ice racer

Source: The British Pathé Film Archive

All 90,000 British Pathe reels can be viewed and enjoyed on:http://www.britishpathe.com

World’s Most Dangerous Sport (1955). Filmed in Bavaria, Germany. Skiers are towed by cars and motorcycles travelling at great speed. Probably not considered the most dangerous sport by today’s standards!

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3 responses to “1955 Winter Vintage Porsche Motor Skiing (With a Twist) the World’s Most Dangerous Sport

  1. abauerporsche

    February 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Reblogged this on The Porsche Independent Repair.

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  2. Beverlee

    February 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I found your website on google. allowed me to really understand this topic. I have read most of them and got a lot from them. You have something good going here, keep it up!

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  3. Estell Harvill

    February 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I am going to try this sometime soon!

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