Less than 50 miles from the Canadian border lies Baudette, Minnesota, population 1,084. If the combination of ice fishing, heavy drinking and frozen extremities isn't your thing, the whole region is of little interest. But just outside the town proper lies one of the most advanced cold-weather testing facilities on the planet. It's also a hoon's heaven.
Automotive Enviro Testing (AET) is the creation of Larry Larson, an alfalfa farmer by trade and man made up of the most hardened Minnesotan stock. Back in 1993, Larson purchased the 780-acre swath of frozen desolation from the Feds once the U.S. Air Force's radar base was decommissioned after a 40-year run keeping tabs on the Ruskies. The massive radar stand remains, but the rest of the facility is a modern engineering masterpiece.