Tag "ice craft"
Skim Over The Ice With… A SKATER’S SAIL (Feb, 1959)

Skim Over The Ice With… A SKATER’S SAIL

SKATE sailing might be described as the fastest pedestrian sport in the world except for jaywalking on the Hollywood Freeway. And until something comes along to top its 50 to 60-mile-per-hour maximum speeds, that claim will stand.

Building a BARREL STAVE Bob (Jan, 1929)

Building a BARREL STAVE Bob

IT IS not necessary to have a steel runnered sled to attain great coasting speed on a snowy hill. A bobsled can be built of an ordinary 2×12 inch plank and barrel staves which will pass anything on any hill, especially in deep snow. Besides the material just mentioned all that will be needed are a few pieces of 2×4 and a couple of carriage bolts.

Rocket Sleds and Snow Gliders Develop High Speeds (Dec, 1929)

Rocket Sleds and Snow Gliders Develop High Speeds

FOREMOST among the foreign sportsmen who are developing new inventions for speedy winter travel are Max Valier, a German inventor who has a rocket sledge, and Jacob Camille who has developed a speedy snow glider.

Operation Muskox (Jun, 1946)

“Operation Muskox,” the Canadian project to trek by machine across 3,100 miles of Canada’s barren north and ice-clad arctic wastes, is shown on this page during its last days at Churchill, in Manitoba, before the expedition, expected to last over three months, took off on its icy way.

Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills (Feb, 1933)

Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills

YOU haven’t exhausted all the possibilities of sled construction till you’ve made this little gadget. It’s nothing more than a chair mounted on a pair of runners, but the fun it provides is endless. First lay hands on a pair of old sled runners and secure to them, in the position shown, the strap iron braces. To these are bolted the chair, which may be of the kitchen variety. On the stern of the runners nail a pair of blocks.



YOU skating fans who suffer from cold hands and feet in bitter cold weather, when your sport is best, will perceive instantly the service this sled-stove can do you. It can be transported anywhere, and will be well worth whatever effort you may put into it.

In the sled shown, an ordinary air-tight stove was used, the legs of which were removed. On the inside a three-inch layer of sand is put down for insulation purposes. The stove was then mounted on a bob-sled which measured seven feet long and fifty-eight inches wide. This arrangement permits the stove to be hooked on the back of a car and hauled to any desired point.

Motorcycle Engine Powers High-Speed ICE ZIPPER (Jan, 1932)

Motorcycle Engine Powers High-Speed ICE ZIPPER


There are few thrills equal to that of speeding over the frozen surface of a long lake in an air-driven ice sled. Utilizing an ordinary two-cylinder motorcycle engine you can easily construct this 50-mile-an-hour Ice Zipper and get the most exhilarating sensation known outside of actual flying.

HERE you are—you air-minded gang! A real speed wagon for use on a long, hard frozen lake. With one of these Ice Zippers you can get all the thrills of flying over the ice while hanging close to ground level. All you need is a high speed motorcycle engine, an air propeller and the mechanical ability to assemble the chassis and put the outfit in tune. With a motor capable of developing 1000 R.P.M., forty to fifty miles speed can be easily realized, and when you see the ice slipping under you at that rate you will know you are going some.