The Kinrara Trophy for pre-'63 cars has a grid worth over £200 million pounds, including one of the most valuable road cars of all time
The 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Revival, taking place on September 7-9 this year, will hold what can be considered the most expensive motor race ever held.
The Kinrara Trophy race is set to be contested by 30 pre-'63 GT cars, which have a combined cost of nearly £200 million and contains what AutoClassics believes to be one of the highest value cars ever sold at auction.
Competitiors will take to the Goodwood Motor Circuit on the Friday evening for the race, which lasts an hour, meaning the entrants drive through the Autumn sunset and into the dusk. Across the entire Revival, there is predicted to be in excess of half a billion pounds worth of classic machinery. Most of these will be competing in one of the 15 races taking place.
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The Kinrara Trophy is a Revival favourite, and the field is restricted to pre-'63 closed-cockpit GT cars, with an engine size greater than three litres. The desirable Ferrari 250 GT SWB is the most demanded car for competitors, with 10 of them lining up on the grid, including a model with the iconic 'Breadvan' rear styling.
Just scraping into eligibility are the 250 and 330 GTOs, both produced in 1962, with the latter being one of only two cars to carry the GTO name and a 4.0-litre V12. AutoClassics believes it to be the very same record-breaking model that , the most expensive car in the world at the time.
The Ferraris will be in competition against four Aston Martin DB4 GTs, multiple Jaguar E-types, plus two AC Cobras and a Maserati 3500 GT.
The Duke of Richmond said, 'It is fitting that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Revival, we have put together the most valuable Kinrara Trophy grid ever.
'As a boy I watched these cars race at Goodwood when they were new and could not have imagined how valuable cars like the Ferrari 250 GT SWB would be today. This year we have ten of them in the Kinrara Trophy, and that’s only a third of the grid. Most would expect to find cars of this value locked away in a garage or museum.
'But at the Revival you will find them racing into the dusk, headlights blazing, and brake discs glowing as they roar around one of the fastest and most demanding circuits in the UK. It is a thrilling and unforgettable experience for spectators, and a nerve-tingling one for the owners and drivers. It truly is one of the greatest spectacles in motor racing and I look forward to seeing you all there.'
For more info on the Revival and to order tickets, visit the Goodwood website.