Bikes rocket around the track with sharp, studded tires, reaching 60 mph in less than three seconds — on ice.
International Championship Events World Championship Ice Racing slides into Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp., on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The World Championship Ice Racing Series presents the “Next Generation Fire on Ice Tour,” which features two- and four-wheel races whose performers do stunts, such as popping wheelies at 170 mph or holding wheelies for 300 feet.
“Every time we do a stunt, I’m always trying to take it to the next level by making it more dangerous and more exhilarating for the crowd to watch,” explained racer and performer Ken “The Stuntman” Remer. “As far as racing, I always do what I can to get to the top. … It might sound weird, but I wear the same pair of socks throughout the whole season.”
A Wisconsin native, Remer grew up fantasizing about performing stunts. He trained with Midwest Stunts, based in Chicago, in his late teens and went on to become a full-time stuntman in various films and television shows, including “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “Chicago Fire.”
“I grew up on a water-ski team; I was barefoot and jumping,” Remer said. “I always had this fantasy of doing stunts on TV shows. … I am also a volunteer firefighter of 22 years, so I’ve never been afraid of fire, since I’ve been around it so much and had a lot of training.”
Remer started racing first on an outdoor four-wheeler but wanted more of a challenge by racing on ice.
“I looked up ‘international championship events’ in 2010 and instantly became involved,” Remer said. “After being involved for seven years, I ended up purchasing the series in 2016.”
Stunts and racing became such a large part of Remer’s life that he even proposed to his wife on the ice after performing a jump. Now, the promoter continues to work on increasing awareness and garnering interest in the sport while also honing his skills in racing and stunts. In recent years, Remer worked his “Stuntman” routine into the ice-racing show by jumping his quad through a flaming ring and also lighting himself on fire.
“Our main precautions are using the right gear; I wear the right gear to keep the heat off my body,” Remer said. “We also have at least four firefighters with extinguishers. If something were to go wrong, they could get to me fairly quickly. I put my trust into my guys that if something does go wrong, they’ll be right there to get the fire out.”
If you go
What: International Championship Events World Championship Ice Racing
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets cost $15 to $29 for general admission and $9 for kids 2 to 12 and can be purchased at the box office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Online: World Championship Ice Racing Series on Facebook or icespeedway.com.