We also need to give mention to 250 GTO pilot Karun Chandhok. An oil leak caused a flash fire and a spin, but he recovered the car and got it out of harm's way with lightning-quick reactions. He may have lost his chance of a podium finish, but he more than confirmed his mettle in that moment.
To stand out in this field, a car needs to exceptionally special. How about a 250 GT Lusso? Designed as the luxurious grand touring member of the 250 family (lusso being Italian for luxury), it was never intended for competition use. That said, Ferrari did enter the model into the Targa Florio and Tour de France in period. Consequently, seeing one of the elegant grand tourers racing is a rare treat the Revival-goers will enjoy.
Another stand-out member of the grid is the one-off 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’, its nickname reflecting its extreme Kamm-tailed bodywork. It was built in 1962 on the basis of a 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, the enhanced aerodynamics intended to aid it chances at the same year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Sadly driveshaft failure curtailed its assault on the classic endurance race, but the ‘Breadvan’ chalked up class victories at smaller events later the same year.
If we’re asked to pick a favourite car from the 2023 Lavant Cup, it would be the ‘Breadvan’, but we’d understand if you came to a different conclusion.
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