An upcoming field of vintage racers at the Goodwood Revival may be the most expensive motor race in history.
In a news release, Goodwood officials said the entire value of the Kinrara Trophy field is just shy of £200 million, which computes to $254 million on this side of the pond.
“It is fitting that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Revival, we have put together the most valuable Kinrara Trophy grid ever,” the Duke of Richmond said in the release.
The field is limited to closed-cockpit GT cars with an engine sized three litres or more and must have raced prior to 1963. The list of cars includes numerous Ferrari 250 GT SWBs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-types.
“As a boy I watched these cars race at Goodwood when they were new and could not have imagined how valuable cars like the Ferrari 250 GT SWB would be today,” the Duke said. “This year we have ten of them in the Kinrara Trophy, and that’s only a third of the grid.”
This trophy won’t be awarded to the best-looking car or the vehicle with the top provenance. The Goodwood Revival is a good, old-fashioned race where the fastest car takes home the prize.
“Most would expect to find cars of this value locked away in a garage or museum,” the Duke said. “But at the Revival you will find them racing into the dusk, headlights blazing, and brake discs glowing as they roar around one of the fastest and most demanding circuits in the UK. It is a thrilling and unforgettable experience for spectators, and a nerve-tingling one for the owners and drivers.”
This battle for this year’s trophy will be held on September 7.