In the silver corner you have a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, driven by the car’s owner Carlos Monteverde, a car worth somewhere in the region of $6 million. In the yellow corner you have a 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC, driven by historic racer James Cottingham, a machine that would set you back around $3 million. You’d think, then, that if you were racing one of these monstrously valuable machines you’d want to leave some margin for error? Don’t be silly, this is the Revival, not a parade.
Video: Ferrari 750 Monza vs. Ferrari 500 TRC
It’s a superb battle for the lead where both drivers are using all of the track to get the most out of their historic racers. They both know the cars so well that they’re entirely happy to dive up the inside on one another, and sweep it round the outside too. Clearly they’d taken their brave pills that morning.
What makes the battle all the more ridiculous is the view behind. The 2015 Lavant Cup was a Ferrari-only race, with drum-braked Ferrari sportscars from the 1950s. So there’s a 166 MM, a 212 Berlinetta, a 212 Export, a 375 MM Spyder, a 250 GT Tour de France, a 340 MM, a 412 MM and so many more. In fact there were 26 historic Ferrari racers. Twenty six. Goodness.
Don’t forget, if you want to see some historic motor racing at Goodwood in 2020 be sure to tune in for Goodwood SpeedWeek in October. A one-off behind closed door event, you’ll be able to watch it for free on GRR.