GEORGETOWN, Colo. (CBS4) – Drivers hit the ice for a decades-old tradition in Georgetown. Last year, the warm winter kept them off Georgetown Lake.

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This year, they were ready to ride ice Colorado style: think NASCAR, but on an icy lake.

“First reaction people have is what’s going on? Are you guys crazy?” Lisa Lannerd, an organizer of Our Gang Ice Racing, said.

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What started four decades ago is now a growing and popular sport for participants and spectators alike.

“Back in the 70s a group of guys with some Jeeps started playing around on some lakes. They started making a more formal and getting some rules and some organization,” Lannerd explained.

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On the 17-inch thick ice over the lake, dozens of vehicles competed using four wheels and some superior driving abilities.

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“We have four wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles. We race a bracket where heads up against two drivers and winner moves to the next round,” Lannerd added.

The Our Gang Ice Racing is a nonprofit and doesn’t do this to make any profit. They do it to just afford to rent the ice and pay the insurance company next year.

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For the racers it’s more than just beating the opponent, it’s about making sure this tradition continues.