To pick our top five GT racing cars at this year’s Revival, we scoured the entry lists for both the RAC TT Celebration and Fordwater Trophy races. The former is the headline two-driver race for closed cockpit GT cars built between 1960 and ’64, while the latter is for both sports and GT cars from 1948 to ’54. This is by no means a definitive countdown, so if you disagree (or agree!), let us know! Scroll down for the list.
5) Corvette Stingray (Revival 2013)
GT racing, 1960s USA style. The Corvette Stingray, also known as the C2 to denote that it was the second generation model, brought in a new handling prowess when compared to the first car to carry the name. In period, the car raced in numerous events – and the example in the RAC TT Celebration race has spent most of its life as a competition car. In fact, it may never have been used on the street, having seen little use in the States before finding its way to the UK via many years racing in Italy. Owner Craig Davies will share the driving with BTCC champion Robb Gravett this weekend.
3) Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
All roads lead to Rome, including Via Aurelia, the route that linked France to the Italian capital – and after which Lancia’s saloon, released in 1950, was named. A year later, the two-door B20 GT version was released, with its distinctively rakish lines. In period, Aurelias competed in endurance races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as rallies like the Monte Carlo and Carrera Panamericana – often at the sharp end of its respective classes. Chris Gawne will compete in one of two Aurelia racers present at Revival this weekend.
3) Jaguar E-type Lightweight ‘Low Drag’
There’s no mistaking the Lightweight ‘Low Drag’ as a racing version of the Jaguar E-type, despite the fact it doesn’t share a single exterior panel with the road-going versions of the car. Even the windscreen sits at a different angle. It was designed by Dr Samir Klat using his extensive knowledge of aerodynamics and was just as special under the skin, with an aluminium, dry-sumped version of the 3.8-litre straight-six. Watch Ross Warburton and Andrew Newall pedal a ‘Low Drag’ in the RAC TT Celebration race this weekend. Click here for on-board footage of a ‘Low Drag’ at Goodwood.
2) Ferrari 250 GTO/64
It’s hard to look past the Ferrari 250 GTO, several variations of which will be in the two-driver RAC TT Celebration race. With a brace of 250 LMs, the SWB ‘Breadvan’ and Lord Bamford’s 250 GTO/64 entered, it’s almost impossible to choose just one. Pressed to, we’d say the GTO/64. A 1963 car, it was delivered new to Colonel Ronnie Hoare and went into a successful year’s competition before returning to the Maranello works to be fitted with the ’64’ bodywork you see today. It won a number of races that year, including the Sussex Trophy at Goodwood, and finished sixth at Le Mans. If that’s not enough Ferrari for you, the entire Lavant Cup grid is dedicated to drum-braked Ferraris from the 1950s.
1) Shelby Cobra
The Shelby Daytona Coupe was an aerodynamic rebody of the legendary Cobra, built for international GT racing – and it was phenomenally successful, ending Ferrari’s dominance. It took a class win at Le Mans in 1964 and had numerous victories. All six Shelby Daytona Coupes will be gathered for the very first time at the Revival, marking the car’s 50th anniversary. Two of them will race in the RAC TT Celebration race and all six will take part in an on-circuit demonstration. In the paddock, they’ll be set in a special area dressed to resemble the 1965 Sebring 12 Hours pitlane.