The avid car collector, and former film director and Wall St investment banker, certainly has made his own car – there’s no mistaking the Glickenhaus SCG003C – and he has certainly raced it in Europe, in the VLN Nurburgring endurance series. There has been a crash and a fire, but this year there’s also been a class win in the Nurburgring 24 hours, a fourth overall and, in the last race of the season at the weekend (22 October) another class win and a seventh overall.
Ahead of the Glickenhaus after four hours of racing on the “Green Hell” were an Audi R8 LMS and GT3 cars from BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche; plenty more big-name GT3 cars came home after it. So it’s not quite a giant-killer… yet.
The surprise now is that this dramatic-looking 217mph racer is about to trade its “C” suffix for an “S” and swap a spot in the pitlane for a place in your driveway. Or, in line with Jim’s passion for racing cars in which you can drive to and from the circuit, one car that does both, half Competizione and half Stradale in Glickenhaus speak (the car is actually made in Italy). The first “production” Glickenhaus road car, the SCG003S will be launched in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, says the company.
Glickenhaus – his movies include The Exterminator – has been at the Geneva salon with his cars before, in 2015, when he showed both road and race versions of his 003 and spelled out his particular sports racing dream. New pictures of the updated 003S road car released this week show his dream is alive and well.