Date confirmed for the I.C.E. St. Moritz – International Concours of Elegance 2022. The unmissable appointment on the most famous frozen lake in the Swiss Alps, included in the Engadin St. Moritz Tourisme AG’s Diamond Events roster, will be held on 26 February, 2022.
The ICE St. Moritz has been created to enjoy driving, showing and watching some of the world’s most exciting motor cars in the unlikely environment of the frozen lake. Polo matches and Horse-Racing have been held there for decades, and a high class motoring event seemed the natural choice to expand the winter lake activities. The idea first came in mind in the mid-Eighties and it took many years to make it true.
The “Concours d’Elegance” formula was born in the 1920s and it was a sort of “Fashion Show” for automobiles: the various Coachbuilders were showing their creations to prospects and customers. Today, they are a celebration of Automotive Style and Design, as well as conservation and restoration. The most important ones, like Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este and Salon Privé, to name but a few, have been going on for decades, establishing the world standard.
The ICE St.Moritz was not created to challenge any of those, as its location, size and seasonality make it different from any other. It aims to offer an additional opportunity for those enthusiasts who like to show and exercise their cars in an unusual period of the year and environment.
For the public, it will offer the possibility of seeing the cars in a completely different setting. As Giorgetto Giugiaro, our Honorary Chairman of the Jury, said: “watching the cars over the snow, without any distracting element one would find on the road, recreates the effect a designer achieves by drawing an automobile on a white sheet of paper…”. The fact that everything takes place on a frozen lake has introduced an element of informality and sportiness, as everybody is aware of being hosted by Nature, and consequently needs to adapt to Her whims. The proceedings therefore follow a general plan with a good dose of improvisation, as everything has to be adapted to the temperature and the condition of the snow.
Driving old cars on the snow creates new (or old?) challenges, which make the day more interesting and fun as entrants try different ways to guarantee the vital contact between the tyres and the surface.
The most exclusive I.C.E. party will host a full weekend of all the best of classic, vintage and racing cars in fairytale surroundings, where collectors can enjoy the unique experience of driving their own vintage cars on the snowy track, usually used for horse races, while the public enjoys a unique show.
On Saturday 26 February 2021, St. Moritz will become the most elegant showcase in the world, alternating static moments while experts evaluate the competing cars with impressive dynamic events in which cars, equipped with winter tires, performing exciting power slides on the icy surface of the St. Moritz lake.
ICE St.Moritz 2022 PROGRAM
- 08.30 / 10.30: FREE LAPS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE CARS ON THE FROZEN LAKE
- FROM 10.45: INSPECTION OF THE CARS BY THE JURY START OF THE “POPULAR VOTE”
- 13.30 / 15.00: THE INTERNATIONAL CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE – THE ICE VILLAGE
- 15.30 / 16.00: PARADE AND FINAL PHOTO SESSION