Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark – on the bank account.
Vintage racing in Europe seems a lot more aggressive than what happens on tracks in the U.S. In the Video of the Day we have an enormously valuable 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO/64 being flogged hard during qualifying at the Goodwood Revival in England, when things go horribly awry.
While passing a Corvette, the GTO gets cut off by another valuable Ferrari, a 250 LM, and has to make an evasive maneuver, goes off the asphalt and winds up skidding uncontrollable across the grass border. The driver is just along for the ride when the GTO, still carrying plenty of speed, smacks the tire wall on its right side.
As the Ferrari limps away across the infield – the guy inside the right-hand-drive car apparently uninjured – the extensive damage can be seen from nose to tail, entirely crushed in.
“Quite expensive, I’m afraid,” the announcer comments in typically understated British style.
Well, considering that a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold recently at auction for $48.4 million, and one reportedly sold privately for as much as $77 million, this should be an expensive shunt indeed.
Still, it’s pretty wonderful seeing the historic race car out where it belongs, being driven in competition instead of mothballed in a private collection or museum. And I’d venture to say that if the owner could afford to purchase such a thing in the first place, then the lofty price of hand-crafted bodywork should be relatively affordable.