And now we come to the final day of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. Due to an unfortunate power outage around the track, there was no live stream or live timing of the morning session, however things were remedied in time for the afternoon session, which you can find here: Monterey Motorsports Reunion Day 4.

This session played host to probably one of the most expensive GT cars at the Reunion, as well as bringing out the ridiculously powerful Endurance Legends machines for a romp around the track.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

I guess the saying holds true, go big or go home! In the very first race of the afternoon session, 1955 to 1964 GT cars were let loose on the twists and turns of Laguna Seca, and while many of them were probably worth a pretty penny, it’s not every day that you get to see a car worth $8 to $10 million dollars tangling with other GT cars. This is exactly the use that a 250 GT SWB was designed for, and it’s honestly refreshing to know that at least one of these ultra-rare cars is getting to stretch all 12 of its V-shaped legs.

More correctly named the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheel Base (SWB) Berlinetta Competizione, this is a car that was never meant to see the road. Using a fully aluminum body over a compact, short wheel base aluminum space frame, the 250 GT SWB was only about 100 lbs heavier than its far more valuable cousin, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Both cars used variations of the 3.0L Tipo 168 Colombo V12, with the 250 GT SWB getting the Tipo 168B, which was fitted with six twin-choke Weber 38DCN carburetors to give it a power output of 275 HP.

In terms of pedigree, there are not many cars better than any of the 250 GT family, with the SWB scoring multiple victories in the early 1960s at the Paris 1000 KM, the Tour de France, and class victories in almost all the important endurance events like the 24 Hours of LeMans. It should also be noted that the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was in part responsible for tractor manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini switching over to making sports cars. He owned several 250 GT SWB’s and got fed up with Enzo Ferrari’s seeming indifference to his complaints about the clutch and the problems he was encountering.

Then again, if you’re wealthy enough to own any form of Ferrari 250 GT car, you’d definitely be wealthy enough to afford the race-day insurance coverage you would need to take it out and give some proper stick! I’m just personally glad someone did, and we get to appreciate one of the most beautiful GT racing cars to grace the race tracks of our fair planet.

1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV

1969 Ford GT40 Mk IV
1969 Ford GT40 Mk IV

Speaking of going big or going home, the race after the mid-century GT cars was the FIA Manufacturers Champions class. The car that best represents this class is the warhammer that Ford took to Le Mans to do battle with the Ferrari 330 P4. The battle in the latter half of the 1960s between Ford and Ferrari is the stuff of legend, and has been the basis for multiple non-fiction books, the backdrop of a few movies, and even the central theme of a very recent movie, Ford vs Ferrari. So it only seems fitting that the mighty 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV is the next major car that made an appearance on the final day of racing.

As far as anyone is aware, there are only twelve total GT40 Mk IVs, including the prototype cars, in existence, numbered J1 to J12, and hence are referred to as the J cars. To see one of the twelve actually driven in anger, a gigantic 7.0L Ford V8 thundering out just under 500 HP behind the driver, the car only 40 inches tall from tarmac to roof bubble… it warms the heart and

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: Monterey Motorsports Reunion Day 4 Highlights
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Published Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 01:04:40 +0000




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