Before getting into the action, let's break down that $260 million figure that's been the headline for this year's Kinrara Trophy at the Goodwood Revival. The entry list for this "one-hour race for close-cockpit GT cars of three liters and over that raced up to 1963" included:
- 4 Aston Martin DB4GTs
- 2 Austin Healey 3000 mk1s
- 2 AC Cobras
- 1 Maserati 3500GT
- 8 Jaguar E-Types, including Roadsters and Fixed Head Coupés
- 9 Ferrari 250 GT SWBs, the 250-based 'Breadvan'
- 1 Ferrari 250 GTO
- 1 Ferrari 330 GTO
If you divide the value evenly across the entire field, each car is worth $9 million. And what do professional racing drivers/enthusiastic billionaires do when luck trusts them with such precious vehicles?
They fight like it was 1962, for an hour blasting into Friday evening...
It's no surprise that the commentators lost count of how many times the Breadvan and that E-Type switched places for the lead throughout the hour. However, in the end, no straight-six could match Ferrari's V12, which is exactly what the Breadvan's designer, Giotto Bizzarrini would have told you in 1961.
Other Ferraris weren't so lucky. While the 330 GTO has survived, the 250 GTO, #25 got hit right after the start, forcing it to retire before completing its first lap. Then, well into the second part of the race, Racing Team Holland's equally silver #14 SWB locked up, only to plow into the #27 Jaguar E-Type.
Of course while others got into trouble, the Breadvan-Jaguar battle continued, surprisingly without any damage done to either cars. Phil Keen got the enourmous task of keeping five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro behind his '61 E-Type, using half the cylinders. When it became clear that that wasn't going to happen, the Breadvan conquered, proving once again that Piero Drogo was right on the money when it came to understanding aerodynamics back in the early sixties.
I say money well spent!