Fitting, isn’t it, that the 20th running of the most glamorous motor racing event in the world will host the highest value car race on the planet? The Kinrara Trophy race of the 2018 Goodwood Revival will feature a grid of cars with a combined total value of, breathe in, £200 million – which, unless we’re very much mistaken, ranks it well above anything else in motorsport.
Much of that total comes thanks to the inclusion of 10, yes 10, Ferrari 250 GT short wheelbases, a road going example of which is listed here on the classifieds for £10 million (!). The racing 250 GTs will compete against other pre-1963 GT cars including Aston Martin DB4GTs and Jaguar E-Types, which aren’t exactly budget models themselves.
Combine this grid of ultra-valuable racers with the rest of the Goodwood Revival paddock and you’re looking at an estimated total value for all cars of around half a billion quid. It makes the fact that most of the iconic models to contest at the event will be driven on the ragged edge around one of the UK’s most demanding circuits even more absurd. Brilliant, isn't it?
This year’s Revival runs from the 7-9 September and will welcome back many familiar legends of motor racing from past and present, as well as cars from all over the world, each brimming with history. The Duke of Richmond emphasised the significance of the Revival, saying “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”. Amen to that!
There’s still time to bag yourself a ticket to this year’s event, but we’re told that it’s down to the last batches for Friday and Sunday, so don't wait up if you're eager to go. Here’s a link to where you can get tickets (don't say we don't look after you).