When I was invited to participate in the Colorado Winter Driving Encounter happening January 2019 in Georgetown, Colorado, USA, I didn’t know what to expect except that it would be cold and I would need to dress properly. Rocky Mountain Redline, the producers of the event, provided Yaktrax for our shoes to prevent us from falling while walking on a frozen lake and cozy hand warmers. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I – a Texas native –would be doing something like this. But I did. I went to a lake to drive cars, not to fish. Once behind the wheel, my goal: To avoid hitting the cones on the driving course and to listen carefully to the professional driver who sat in the front passenger’s seat of each vehicle coaching me around the cones. I learned a lot about winter driving techniques as well as the capabilities of the vehicles on almost any terrain from sand and rocks to mud and snow. A virgin to this ice event, I admit it was slow going at first. Muscle memory and fear of sliding had me creeping along. The calm voice of my coach told me I could speed up at any time. You know. Whenever I was comfortable going faster. But when I looked at his face, I caught a glimpse of a sneaky smile and daring eyes saying, “Hit the gas!” After all, there was enough distance between each vehicle to ensure I would hit no one. So what if I hit a cone. No shame in my game. I practiced patience. And enjoyed the view while driving on a frozen lake.
However, some of my fellow journalist were captured in action by videographer Nathan Leach-Proffer in the following vehicles: Buick Envision, Jeep Wrangler Sahara, Mercedez Benz C300, Toyota RAV4, Dodge Challenger GT, Honda Passport.