Dubbed as “The Most Dangerous Sport In The World,” motor-skiing was newsworthy enough in 1955 for someone to film this short but sensationalized video. 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.
Putting a ski wrong virtually ensured some fairly heinous injuries. If falling at triple digits wasn’t enough to break a few bones, being run over by your competitors pretty much guaranteed a trip to the hospital. Perhaps the sport was short lived because all the serious competitors, like the dinosaurs, simply died off.
On the other hand, those of us who grew up where snow was a wintertime fact of life learned the fine art of skitching (grabbing the bumper of a passing car to catch a ride on icy streets) from an early age. As I seem to recall, it was a fun but insanely dangerous sport, and somehow we all survived. Maybe it’s time for motor-skiing to make a comeback, after all.