'Edition 0’ of The International Concours of Elegance (The I.C.E.) organised by Lisippa SAGL headed by Marco Makaus in partnership with the municipality of St. Moritz and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, and sponsored by Pirelli, took place on March 3 on the glitzy ski resort’s frozen lake, usually known for its White Turf horseracing and polo matches. Set to become a regular addition to the St Moritz winter programme, this year saw the trial run in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and organisers are determined to keep an element of real fun in the event in contrast to many more serious concours. Part of the fun is that the cars get to run on the lake and many were equipped with studded tyres for the purpose. This first pilot version saw two prizes awarded, one by popular vote of the public and the other was the vote of a “Social Media Jury” in which many experts and influencers were able to express their preference. The “Spirit of St. Moritz” prize went to the 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre of Alex Boller, while the “InstaLake” prize went to …… and Lamborghini Countach 25°.

A highlight was the presence of Giorgetto Giugiaro (recently named “Car Designer of the Century”), whose design boutique officially unveiled the Kangaroo, its new concept car with carbon fibre body and two 180 kW electric motors. The main dynamic feature, from which the name derives, is the possibility of raising and lowering the vehicle body by 120mm, via three configurations: Racing (140mm), for high speed, Road (190mm) and Off-road SUV setting (260mm) with the wheel camber changing depending on the configuration. Organisers were expecting a few cars for this first trial run, but in fact some 50 turned up, from the pre-war Bentleys and Bugattis, to a trio of Paganis that ran in race formation on the frozen circuit. A special treat was to see three Lancia Stratos, an 037 in rally trim and two Martini Delta Integrales running in spirited tandem on the lake. Next year’s event will be even bigger and it is hoped there will even be a sprint race for pre-war cars on the programme.

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