174 summiters on three wheels: The Spyder Grossglockner Challenge 2021
174 Spyder fans from all over Europe met in Austria this weekend to take on the big Spyder Großglockner Challenge 2021 with their 3-wheeled Can-Ams. On the local roads and serpentines of the Großglockner, they not only celebrated their shared passion for motorsports, but also the 100th anniversary of BRP-Rotax.
Gunskirchen, September 20, 2021 – A boundless feeling of freedom characterized the past few days at the great Spyder Großglockner Challenge 2021 organized by BRP. Because last Thursday, after a year's break due to the pandemic, the time had finally come again: 174 drivers from 14 nations, including 11 BRP-Rotax employees, gathered in Upper Austria to experience three days of pure riding enjoyment.
After arriving at Ebenzweier Castle at the Traunsee lake, the guests rounded off the evening together over a BBQ dinner, thus setting the tone for a successful event. Following a drive through the beautiful lake region, a visit to the Rotax exhibition at the Amering Museum in Vorchdorf on Friday provided an insight into the past 100 years of the engine manufacturer. There were 40 vehicle exhibits with Rotax engines to discover, including numerous unique specimens and prototypes, some of which had been lost for decades.
Full speed in the Rotax MAX Dome
The participants then drove along picturesque country roads in Upper Austria to the Rotax MAX Dome in Linz, where they completed numerous laps in the Rotax Sonic e-karts. The action-packed combination of real driving experience and playful augmented reality elements provided a very special adrenaline kick. The ride on the racetrack was also another part of the challenge checkpoints that the Spyder drivers had to collect over the entire weekend.
The grand finale: Boundless feeling of freedom along the Grossglockner
Framed by a unique backdrop, the grand highlight of the challenge came on Saturday: 48 km, 36 hairpin bends and 2,504 meters of altitude difference were covered by the Spyder Can-Am drivers on the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road, finally reaching the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
The awards ceremony for this year's Spyder Grossglockner Challenge took place at the final gala dinner in the marquee, where the winners were honored with handmade trophies from the Rotax apprentice workshop. However, not only the joint driving fun and the winners of several prizes were celebrated, but also the 100-year anniversary of BRP-Rotax. With exciting insights into the past century of the company, old and new fans let the evening come to a fitting close.