If you’re an auto enthusiast looking for places to go and things to do this month or next, we have some suggestions, including the Southwest—to buy, browse, or present collector cars—and just south of the Arctic Circle to guide high-performance grand-tourers across sheets of ice.
This remote outpost just south of the Arctic Circle is the ultimate playground for winter-driving shenanigans. It’s home to numerous auto brands’ winter-driving schools, including the AMG Driving Academy Winter Sporting program (mercedes-amg.com). Lessons are conducted on a variety of configurations (including a subscale homage to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit) across hundreds of acres of snow and ice. On this terrain, instructors teach the finer points of power-sliding in vehicles ranging from the A45 hatchback to the mighty 503 hp GT S.
Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
he third week in January is Classic Car Week in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. It begins with the fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance (arizonaconcours.com) at the Arizona Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, where 90 cars in more than a dozen classes will compete for the Best of Show prize. This year’s event will spotlight classic Lincolns, Vignale coachwork, and cars from Bugatti. Later in the week, the Biltmore will host RM Sotheby’s (rmsothebys.com) annual Arizona sale. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Barrett-Jackson (barrett-jackson.com), Bonhams (bonhams.com), and Gooding & Company (goodingco.com) will host their annual Scottsdale auctions.
The recently opened Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles (porschedriving.com), located just south of the city proper, is the West Coast counterpart to the facility that opened 2 years ago in Atlanta. In addition to housing the brand’s North American motorsport division, the new center features driving courses where you can get behind the wheel of a new Porsche and learn how to get out of a tailspin and other skills. You also can explore just how fast the car accelerates, and feel the g-forces that come with entering a banked racetrack turn at speed.
The Green Mountains offer an abundance of winter activities: downhill and cross-country skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding. And thanks to the roughly 6 feet of snow that usually falls on the region during this season, you can also refresh or improve your winter-driving skills at the Land Rover Experience Driving School at the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (equinoxresort.com). The school operates on a purpose-built course that covers 80 acres. It’s open year-round, but during the winter months you can expect plenty of practice on snow-covered, slippery terrain.