Giant gallery: coolest cars from the coldest concours in the world

by Nik Berg
2 March 2023 2 min read
Giant gallery: coolest cars from the coldest concours in the world
Photos: Barry Hayden

Every year the lake at the Swiss mountain resort of St Moritz freezes over and it becomes the venue for an assortment of unlikely sporting events, from horse racing and polo to cricket.

Now, thanks to an enterprising Italian, you can add messing around in motor cars to that list. Local lore says that drivers first took to the ice in the 1930s but it was a group of Brits in vintage Bentleys that inspired Marco Makaus to come up with the idea of The ICE (International Concours of Elegance). In 1985 said Bentley boys had driven to St Moritz to hurl themselves down the daunting Cresta Run bobsled track. When they bored of that they starting skidding around the lake instead, and Makaus was there to watch.

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For more than 30 years he dreamed of seeing more cars send it in the snow of St Moritz and, finally, in 2019 he staged a test event with a handful of chums. The pandemic put paid to his first concours event in 2020, but the event proper finally ran in February 2022 and looks set to get bigger and better with each year.

What began as a static display now includes a one-day exhibition, complete with concours judging, followed by a day of multi-million dollar drifting in the most spectacular of settings.

For now, we though you’d appreciate a selection of beautiful cars in a dazzling landscape. So pull on your snow boots and join us for a tour…

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