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It's nice to be king (or rich)!

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  1. mike996

    mike996 F1 Veteran

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    Was at the Goodwood revival for three days and there were three Ferrari 250 GTOs racing. What surprised me is that they were seriously being raced, not just being paraded around the track. That was true of all the classic cars in all the races at Goodwood but the fact that there were three original GTO's doing this was impressive.

    I talked to the "handlers" of these cars in the pits and they confirmed that, like virtually all the cars participating in the Goodwood Revival races, the owners want the cars to be raced since they were built to be a race car (Did you know that "race car" spelled backwards is "race car?");)

    Anyway, they told me that the owners are all high level millionaires or billionaires and they are not concerned about any damage. If they get damaged, they get repaired; the price for that is of no consequence at all. These particular owners are a bit contemptuous of the "buy it and put it on display" collectors. I found that very refreshing though, of course, having essentially unlimited funds pretty much makes it a non-issue.

    There were a couple of early 60's F1 Ferraris as well as a bunch of 250 GT SWBs, and three late 50's Testa Rossas. Again, all these cars were being seriously raced, not treated like some sort of "do not touch" diva kind of thing! COOL! :)
     
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  3. Hannibal308

    Hannibal308 F1 Rookie
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    Too bad us lowly mortals can’t race our cars footloose and fancy free because losing or trashing our car isn’t a financial nothingburger. Maybe those contemptuous racers think we shouldn’t even have our cars if we can’t afford to use them correctly and fix them when they get fd up?

    I think those races are awesome. The attitudes against the rest of he world by elites, however, is contemptuous.
     
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    The attitudes against the rest of he world by elites, however, is contemptuous.

    I agree but, what's worse is trying to make everyone equal.
     
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  5. topcarbon

    topcarbon Formula 3

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    It’s all a matter of perspective.
    The guy that takes the bus because he has no car, what does he think of us?
     
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    The guy on the bus is thinking cats taste delicious and judge Wapner is on at 4
     
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  10. JuLiTrO

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    No incidents with Ferraris this year
     
  11. Brian A

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    I attended the Ferrari Clienti races at Laguna Seca a couple of months ago. Mostly FXX Ks and 599XXs, but Ferrari Corp also flew out a few of the privately owned 1990s era F1 cars that they maintain for the owners who wanted to drive them at Laguna Seca that weekend. I am not exaggerating to say that Ferrari sent 20 technicians to tend to each car.

    I inquired as to the approximate price to race a vintage F1 car that weekend. The answer? … about $250,000.
     
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  13. mike996

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    One of the GTOs there had provenance that it raced in 1963. Don't know about the other two I saw. OTOH, it seems only logical that a race car gets damaged and parts - most frequently body parts - are going to have to be repaired/replaced. Over the years then, the car becomes "not original" because it has parts that are not what it had when it left the factory. But one could say the same about any car that's been damaged. If a fender is replaced, I guess it is no longer "original," whether it's a 1963 Ferrari GTO, a 1971 Hemi Barracuda, or a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. ;)
     
  14. dflett

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    I am not talking about repaired damage. Photographic evidence appears to show the GTO I mentioned appears to come in two versions... both with the same serial number, both with the same license plate, same colors, both with same owner but some subtle, consistent differences. The two cars do not appear together and only one of them ever races. Hmmmm, which do you think is the real one?

    Everyone understands why this is done. People got upset because it was done in secret and Goodwood had made a big fuss that this did not happen at their meet when evidence strongly suggested otherwise.

    As I said, maybe it’s different now...


    Regards
    David
     
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  15. cheesypeas

    cheesypeas Karting

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    These cars have been raced, crashed and repaired before. They are so old that many of them have been repaired many times. The original bit is the chassis number. :)

    And if the car is worth £ millions the repair cost would only ever be a fraction of that.
     

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