GALLERY: Film Stars, Race Cars, And Multi-Million-Dollar Frozen Lake Drifting At The I.C.E. St. Moritz 2022


We attempt not to drive our prized autos by means of the snow on a standard basis. Dropping traction is exciting dropping metal to rust, significantly less so. But there are exceptions to each rule, and The I.C.E. St. Moritz is a excellent illustration. It also assists when the snow is of the fresh alpine assortment and not the salt-infused slush that most of us plow by means of every winter.

All of the trappings of a planet-class concours are existing in St. Moritz—millions of bucks of autos, a location spot, and so on.—but this occasion separates itself from the common demonstrate season’s occasions by taking spot in the dead of winter on a frozen lake, rather than on the grounds of a royal residence on a brilliant summer time day. With final year’s edition cancelled due to the virus, this year’s I.C.E. was a a lot more-than-welcome excuse to devote a weekend about autos and men and women who value them.

The fifty-odd autos that officially participated had been grouped by theme—cinema, motorsport, and the ever-vague “lifestyle”—and in spite of this comparatively modest amount, there was lots of assortment on show, from Meyers Manx dune buggies churning snow alternatively of sand, to the iconic 1960s Ferrari GTs, all the way to the present day side of the spectrum with a variety of current and recent supercars. Porsches, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Minis, Fords, Jaguars, and a lot more took to the snowy circuit this previous weekend, a lot of of them hauling a set of skis, a sled, or some spares on their roofs and trunks.

The 2022 jury, chaired by Marco Makaus, writer, historian, collector’s specialist, “voice” of the Mille Miglia, as properly as creator and Patron of THE I.C.E. St. Moritz, is created up of professionals and representatives from different sectors—not only from the planet of autos, but also from the trend, arts, layout, and horology spheres.

Some of the notable cars in attendance integrated a 1-of-4 extended-nose alloy-bodied Ferrari 275 GTB, the Lamborghini Miura that starred in the unique The Italian Occupation, a Jaguar C-Sort that is been in the exact same family members considering that the 1970s, an ex-functions Mini Cooper S with time period rally wins, a 1939 Maserati 4CL Grand Prix auto, the Meyers Manx that Steve McQueen drove in The Thomas Crown Affair, a actual Jaguar XKSS, a Polizia Ferrari 250 GTE, a 250 GTO for great measure, an Aston Martin DB5 kitted out with Q division gear, the lifted and desert-prepared Jules-livery Rolls Royce Corniche, Simon Kidston’s purple Countach, the streamliner-esque Mercedes 300SL Porter Particular, and a beautiful Maserati A6GCS. 

The climate for the occasion was a generally gorgeous bluebird day in the Swiss Alps, and over the din of engines and pleased conversation the sounds of tire chains, cold commences, and the underfoot crunch of snow characterized the soundscape of the weekend on the lake. There is a explanation that most traditional-auto-centric occasions select the summertime months, but this Swiss consider on a concours is a refreshing alter of scenery, and evidence that even the rarest and most coveted autos really do not need to have to hibernate for the total season.