The thought of crashing a car worth around $50million is pretty horrifying, but perhaps it shouldn’t be?
After all, short of the car completely burning to the ground, repairing even the most catastrophic accident damage is only going to cost a fraction of the car’s value and if you can afford a GTO in the first place you’re presumably not worried about repair bills.
The incident occurred at the weekend’s Goodwood Revival historic race meeting during practice for the RAC Club TT race.
The 1964 GTO, owned by Anthony Bamford with Andrew Newall at the wheel (sharing the car with German GT ace Frank Stippler) was attempting to weave through traffic when it lost control, narrowly avoiding a Ferrari 250LM driven by Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, and made heavy contact with the tyre barrier.
Thankfully, Newall was unharmed and the car was still driveable, albeit a bit worse for wear. Below is a video of Stippler giving the GTO everything when it was still in rude health and it’s easy to see why these cars are so revered.
For classic Ferrari fans on Twitter, it would be well worth following Ed Callow, who describes himself as a “classic Ferrari aficionado” and had many interesting comments to make regarding some of the cars racing at Goodwood, including the car in this article.
The cars might be old at the Revival but the action is absolutely red-hot and the coverage bang up-to-date, with Goodwood live streaming all on-track activity on its Facebook and YouTube channels. If you like to see race cars sliding around, it’s well worth a look.