The day with BMW for its Alpine X-Drive Event began with a helicopter transfer over the magnificent Crown Range to the SHPG (Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds). It’s hard not to be excited when arriving to a line-up of well over a million dollars’ worth of gleaming Bavarian metal.

Under the guidance of BMW’s Driver Training team, led by Mike Eady, we were run through the dos and don’ts for the day.

Once into the swing of things, we were fed to the lion, Lars Mysliwietz — a famed German rally driver — who was our tutor for the drifting part of the syllabus.

We've put together a gallery for you to get an idea about just how beautiful the conditions were for our drive:

Check out our full story in the November issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 311).