Goodwood's All-Ferrari Race Was Too Much

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If, like me, you believe that a V-12 Ferrari berlinetta represents peak car, the Goodwood Revival's Lavant Cup was something to behold. It was a race exclusively for V-12 Ferraris of the Fifties and Sixties driven to their limits by a grid of talented drivers. The 16-car field consisted of a 250 GTO, a 330 GTO, a 250 LM, the infamous 250 GT "Breadvan," eight (!) 250 SWBs, a 250 Lusso, a 250 Tour de France, and a 340MM to round things out.

Few racing grids are so beautiful, and few sound quite so good. For those unfamiliar, the Goodwood Revival is a racing event in the U.K. that celebrates the original history of the circuit, which ended in 1966. For 25 years, the Revival has brought out the best cars and drivers, making it one of the best automotive events in the world. I'd argue it is the best, and races like this are why.


Unlike a lot of historic races in the U.S., competition at the Revival is fierce. Driver Rob Hall got a great start from pole in the 250 LM—the only mid-engine car on the grid—but an early spin sent him back through the order, handing the lead to Le Mans legend Emmanuelle Pirro in an SWB. Meanwhile, Alexander Ames made a stunning charge towards the front after starting at the back of the grid in the Breadvan. After a few laps, Hall recovered the lead and the race settled. Until the moment you may have already seen. An oil line ruptured in the 250 GTO, causing a quick fire and subsequent spin for driver Karun Chandhok. He was able to recover and park the car safely on the grass, bringing out a caution. Both driver and car were OK after this scary moment. After a time under a safety car, the race resumed for a handful of laps, which saw Hall cement his lead with Pirro taking 2nd in the SWB and Ames getting 3rd in the Breadvan.

The Revival is sensory overload. It's overwhelming in the best way possible. Watching all these incredible Ferraris together shows exactly why.

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