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Sonoma Speed Festival offers ticket holder ride in 250 GTO


The inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival vintage racing event in northern California offers a special incentive for people to purchase their tickets online: One of them will win a ride in a Ferrari 250 GTO.

“The Sonoma Speed Festival is offering a ride to one lucky person who purchases their ticket online before May 30,” the race organizers said in their announcement. “Any tickets purchased online are eligible, with the winner leaving the grandstand and joining the GTO on track for several laps.”

The inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival is scheduled for May 31-June 2. Two of the famed GTOs are entered.

“There are just a handful of cars considered to be in the running for the title ‘greatest of all time’,” the track said in its announcement. “Depending on your tastes it could be a McLaren F1, Bugatti Atlantic or the Mercedes 300 SLR. But the name most often mentioned – and backed up by auction prices – is the Ferrari 250 GTO. 

“The car is the perfect storm of desirability. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, the best of its era with regards to performance and results, usable on both road and track, an excellent drive and each has its own unique but often fabled history.

“Just 36 were made (depending on who you ask) making it among the rarest cars in the world, and two of these rare beasts will be on track at full tilt for Sonoma Speed Festival, May 31 to June 2.”

One of those GTOs, chassis 4757GT, was purchased in 1963 by Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata for his Venetian Scuderia Serenissima racing team. The car crashed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in its competition debut. After being repaired, it was successful both on race tracks and in hill climbs. Campaigned by Ecurie Francorchamps of Belgium in 1964, the car won six of 13 races in ’64 and ’65.

A ride in that car at the festival recently raised $8,750 at a charity auction.

Another feature of the festival will be a “gourmet Sip & Savor Pavilion” featuring California wines from the Ram’s Gate Winery.

The vintage races will include 10 race groups from Brass Era to modern machines.

To purchase tickets online, visit the festival website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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