There’ll be no new record for this year’s Iowa Great Lakes Car Drop. This year’s event ended Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm when a vehicle parked on the ice near Smith’s Bay crashed through the melting ice. This year’s winner won’t be known until the vehicle is pulled off the bottom of the lake. According to the club’s web page, a special clock installed in the car is engineered to stop once the car falls through the ice and hits the water.
Tickets sell for $10 with the winner picking up a check for $1,000. Each ticket includes a random time of day both AM and PM.
Last year the car drop was the latest in history, dropping into the icy waters of Smith’s Bay at 3:17 pm on April 26th. In 2017 the drop happened on February 23rd and in 2016 it dropped on March 9th.