Worth its Weight in Gold – The Ferrari 250 GTO to Drive Sonoma Raceway the Way Enzo IntendedRyan
The inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival will bring a pair of Ferrari’s most iconic sports cars back to wheel-to-wheel competition.
There are just a handful of cars considered to be in the running for the title “greatest of all time.” Depending on your tastes it could be a McLaren F1, Bugatti Atlantic or the Mercedes 300 SLR. But the name most often mentioned – and backed up by auction prices – is the Ferrari 250 GTO. The car is the perfect storm of desirability. It’s drop-dead gorgeous, the best of its era with regards to performance and results, usable on both road and track, an excellent drive and each has its own unique but often fabled history. Just 36 were made (depending on who you ask) making it among the rarest cars in the world, and two of these rare beasts will be on track at full tilt for Sonoma Speed Festival, May 31 to June 2.
One of the two cars on track, chassis 4757GT, has one of the most fascinating histories of them all. Purchased in 1963 by the famous Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata for his Venetian Scuderia Serenissima racing team, 4757GT crashed out of that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in its competition debut. After being repaired, the car went on to great success in circuit racing and hill climbs throughout Europe, winning four of the six events it was entered in 1963. Sold to the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps for 1964, 4757GT continued to be extremely successful in the 1964 and 1965 seasons and claimed victory in six of the 13 events it competed in.
After retiring from competition, it eventually found its way to the current owner who often uses the car as it was originally intended. While the car benefits from plenty of exercise on track, it will be part of a unique opportunity at Sonoma Speed Festival. Festival partner “Bring a Trailer” recently offered a Sonoma Speed Festival experience package including a ride in the passenger seat of the 250 GTO around Sonoma Raceway. The auction raised $8,750 for the RPM Foundation as well, so it was all for a good cause. Check out the auction listing here.
You haven’t missed your chance to ride shotgun in the iconic GTO though. The Sonoma Speed Festival is offering a ride to one lucky person who purchases their ticket online before May 30. Any tickets purchased online are eligible, with the winner leaving the grandstand and joining the GTO on track for several laps.
Alongside the action on track, the Sonoma Speed Festival will also feature attractions and entertainment for enthusiasts of all stripes, including the gourmet Sip & Savor Pavilion. This world-class blend of fine wines and spirits with high-quality chef demonstrations will feature wines from throughout California wine country, including a curated selection of vintages from Ram’s Gate Winery. Ram’s Gate specializes in beautifully crafted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals, blending harvests from throughout Northern California to expertly highlight the region’s signature terroir.
Ten iconic Race Groups spanning from the Brass Era to cutting-edge modern racing machines will take on the challenging hills of Sonoma Raceway in the heart of California wine country from May 31st to June 2nd in addition to the aforementioned gourmet food and fine wine being served, and interactive automotive displays. Don’t miss this historic event, Purchase your tickets now at this link.