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$23M Ferrari Breadvan Crashes But Keeps Racing, $7.5M Cobra Hits Barrier at Goodwood

Supercar crashes are one of the most popular things on the Internet. These oh-snap high-octane moments have always been around, but nowadays the web helps the news spread like wildfire. What if we told you we want to talk about an event that makes most, if not all, the supecar accidents you've seen seem affordable?
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This weekend will go down in history as one of the most intense retro racing moments, and it's all thanks to the 2015 edition of the Goodwood Revival.

The annual British event, which is a contemporary icon of Golden Era racing reenactment, has brought us many spectacular moments over the weekend, but we are here to discuss two of them that take the cake.

We'll start with a Ferrari-related one, and we're talking about the crashed 250 SWB Breadvan racing here.

The first video of the four-clip playlist below shows us this $17M one-off soldiering on after having crashed. The Prancing Horse keeps lapping the Goodwood Circuit despite the damage and smoking moments resulting from the accident.

The short wheelbase Breadvan is one of those Le Mans stories born out of the events generated by Enzo Ferrari's effervescent character. And while the French media called it La Camionnette (the little truck), neither this nor the Breadvan designation given by the international media told the real story of the car, which was more of an apple of discord.

At the time when the Breadvan showed up (1962), Ferrari has just moved on from the 250 GT SWB to the 250 GTO SWB racecar. However, Enzo refused to sell any GTOs to Count Giovanni Volpi, so the man commissioned the Breadvan, which was based on a 250 GT SWB. The refusal came after the Count had hired ousted Ferrari employees, with the story turning into a quest to smash Enzo on the track using a new team (and car company).

With great engineering and design effort having been put into the creation of the Breadvan, the result turned out to be faster than Ferrari's 250 GTO, even though reliability issues kept it from achieving full glory.

We can't say the same about the second retro racecar we want to discuss today, namely the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.

Shelby built this back in the mid-60s to take on the Ferrari 250 GT. Despite just six models being born between 1964 and 1965, the fixed-roof version of the AC Cobra allowed Shelby to become to first US carmaker to grab a title in international racing - we're referring to the 1965 FIA World Sportscar Championship here.

The Daytona Cobra Coupe production ended as Shelby switched to making the GT40, which put a serious dent in Ferrari's motorsport armor. But that's another story for another time.

Returning to the Goodwood Revival, the event not only saw all six units of the Daytona Coupe battling it out on the track, but one of them crashed through a chicane-installed barrier, as you'll be able to see below.

Luckily, the barrier seems to have been made out of polyester, so the car was, most likely, undamaged in the event.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what makes driving one of these machines so awesome, we also included a video of Le Mans racer Nic Minassian manhandling one in the wet. Countersteering in a $25M (value of that particular example) car is the name of the game.


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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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