Most expensive race

A race for classic cars worth over $260 million, and not a mere fashion show of oldies. It’s fiercely competitive and fight-to-finish. It’s Goodwood Kinara Trophy race, part of the Goodwood Revival in West Sussex

What’s so special about Goodwood’s Kinrara Trophy race? It is the most expensive race in motor sport, that’s it! The racing cars are worth well over $260 million.
It’s all classic – cars from another era. The ambience is extraordinarily back in age. However, far from being a fashion rally of old classics, Goodwood’s Kinrara Trophy, part of the Goodwood Revival, remains a competitive race and marked 20 years of racing late August.
In the 2018 edition Kinara Trophy race, which kicked off the on-track action at the 2018 Goodwood Revival Meeting, Emanuele Pirro and Niklas Halusa claimed a convincing victory. The Ferrari 250GT SWB ‘Breadvan’ duo were made to work for the win, however, with Jaguar E-type pairing Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen being a threat for much of the one-hour running. It was only in the final few laps that the win was assured for veteran Pirro and his young wingman, reported.
At the end it was the race for the third position that made the spectators gasp in excitement. The race report says: Nigel Greensall seemed assured of the position aboard the E-type roadster he was sharing with the car’s owner, Chris Milner. Nevertheless, Rob Huff threw caution to the wind in the E-type coupé started by Richard Meins, the former World Touring Car Championships guided the car on its lock-stops as he chased down his rival, and was glued to his tail with only 40-seconds left to run. Huff didn’t let the small matter of an unsecured bonnet obscuring his windscreen slacken his pace, and he pushed Greensall wide at Lavant to take the place. It was a thrilling end to a race that rarely lacked for dramatic dices.

Goodwood party time

The annual gathering at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex is party time for car lovers hosted by Duke Charles Gordon-Lennox, a die-hard car lover. It’s a festival of classic speed. The Goodwood Revival has been running annually since 1998 and the Kinara Trophy race has been growing in popularity. The action features car and motorcycle racing from different classes and periods of the postWW2 era.
Kinrara Trophy is held for pre-1963 GT cars, with a line-up estimated at $250 million in value. Across the entire three-day Revival, there is in excess of half a billion pounds worth of classic machinery moving.
The field is restricted to closed-cockpit GT cars, with an engine size of three litres or more, of a type that raced before 1963. This time there were 10 Ferrari 250 GT SWBs on the grid, including the unique ‘Breadvan’, alongside a pair of GTOs, including a very rare 330 GTO. They competed against four Aston Martin DB4 GTs and a phalanx of Jaguar E-types, plus two AC Cobras and a Maserati 3500 GT.
Over 15 races were run throughout the three-day event, all featuring classic cars and motorcycles. The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy motorcycle race included a Le Mans-style sprint across the track start. The event also celebrated 70 years of British Railways and the Austin FX3 taxi.
The Duke of Richmond said, “It is fitting that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Revival, we have put together the most valuable Kinrara Trophy grid ever. As a boy I watched these cars race at Goodwood when they were new and could not have imagined how valuable cars like the Ferrari 250 GT SWB would be today.”

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