Highlights of ICE St. Moritz 2022, with ultra-rare classic cars drifting on a frozen lake
The International Concours d’Elegance (ICE) in St. Moritz is a vintage car show in the same vein as the other Councour’s d’Elegance, but with a different twist. While a classic Concours d’Elegance sees the cars displayed in a more conservative way that preserves the cars as immobile, untouchable pieces of art that are displayed from their perfectly controlled environments, the St. Moritz ICE is much more activate an event.
Held annually on a frozen lake in Switzerland, ICE St. Moritz combines car racing with a show of rare automobiles and other vintage or classic cars (including and especially supercars). The show was touted as one of the “coolest” ways to experience cars the way they were meant to be seen – in motion and challenged by ice and snow conditions.
The 2022 ICE in St. Moritz continues a growing legacy since the 1980s. This year ICE saw huge names and extremely rare cars like Maserati, Ferrari, Mercury, Aston Martin, and more.
Let’s take a closer look at some highlights from ICE 2022 in St. Moritz!
Some cars from ICE St. Moritz 2022
There are showstoppers every year at ICE events, but the 2022 year of race and show at St. Moritz may have seen some of the best cars of all time. Given that the 2020 event was canceled and 2021 held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the excitement to see the event get back up and running and attendance were both higher than usual. There were just over fifty cars from serious manufacturers in attendance at the 2022 event, and these were categorized by themes. This year’s themes included motorsport, film and ‘lifestyle’ (for those who didn’t fit into the other categories).
Featured and standing out in this year’s lineup was a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. Considered a “unicorn” by collectors and car enthusiasts, this car belonged to Brad Wang, who has owned it since the early 1990s. According to Wang, he had “done everything with this car…except drive it on ice,” so he wanted the opportunity and ICE St. Moritz was one of the few places to show off the beauty of such terrain. Wang’s GTO is a very original model, with the original chassis, and he is only the fourth documented owner. In a beautiful midnight blue paint, his Ferrari is certainly unique in appearance and originality. This particular year and model is known to sell for up to $70 million.
Several Italian cars were also present, including a pastel blue 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 S America. Also present was a fully restored Lamborghini Countach LP400 owned and driven by Simon Kidston, who brought the car back from a crashed frame (the roof was on the dashboard!) back to its former glory. This particular model, from 1977, is extremely rare and was the only model to leave the factory with a “Blu Turchese” paint coat among countless others sold in classic red. In his restoration work on the car, Kidston spent a decent amount of time getting the color to match perfectly.
Another stylish Italian car on display at ICE this year was a 1953 Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta. the Maserati factory when it was liquidated in 1996. The family has kept the collection ever since to preserve Maserati’s history.
Some judges even got in on the action to showcase their phenomenal rides. Judge and collector Dr. Cici Muldoon presented a 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino. Affectionately known as “Viola” after the original paint color, Viola Metallizzato, the purple dynamo is worth a estimated at $400,000, which has grown exponentially in recent years.
Also present at the event was an original 1965 Aston Martin DB5 james bond quality, a 1953 Jaguar Type C, a 1965 alloy bodied Ferrari 275 GTB and many other classic, rare and beautiful examples of classic sports and racing cars.
Extreme and winning moments at ICE St. Moritz 2022
When the idea of putting an ICE on real ice was first put forward in the 1980s, it was heavily questioned, and it actually took until 2019 to fully establish the ICE at St. Moritz. With million-dollar cars dancing on the surface of a frozen lake, there needed to be plenty of assurances about the company’s safety.
However, with temperatures around -15 degrees Celsius (around 5 degrees Fahrenheit) and a long history of the lake withstanding other events from the Olympics to horse racing, it was finally decided that the event could continue. The consensus is that it was worth all the years of advocating for.
This year’s ICE event saw most owners slowly increase their speed on the counterclockwise oval of the ice track. Some experienced (or impatient/adventurous) drivers have taken a more direct approach instead. A 1956 Jaguar XKSS was seen gliding through the high-speed turns with deft control.
Later, driver Fritz Burkard also indulged in slides and drifts in his 1939 Maserati 4CL Pear Collection while maintaining full control. The Maserati was equipped with sturdy snow chains and Burkard handled the track with the agility of a professional driver and the style of a driver too, with his leather cap and cigarette.
Rewards were handed out during the event finale. “Best of Show” went to a 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B. “Jet Set on Wheels” went to a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, “Vintage Road Racing” to a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper, “Barchettas on Ice” to the 1953 Jaguar C-Type, “Vintage Grand Prix” to the 1939 Maserati 4CL, “InstaLake” to the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO and “Spirit of St. Moritz” to a 1971 Fiat 130.
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