• Aug 17th 2009 at 12:29PM
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Ferrari 250 TR crash at the Monterey Historics - Click above for high-res image gallery

While many events during the Monterey car week simply involve parking classics on a golf course, we can appreciate the fact that many vintage car owners are willing to put their priceless automobiles on a track. While the Monterey Historics do everything they can to promote the safety of both cars and drivers, there is never a guarantee that accidents won't happen. We were reminded of that fact this weekend when a 1958 Ferrari 250 TR completely lost its brakes before Laguna Sega's Corkscrew, caught air while going through the gravel trap, and came to a stop only after hitting a tire wall.

This particular TR, owned by David Love, has been a regular at the Monterey Historics and other vintage events for more than 15 years, so it was especially tough to see it get banged up. From what we've heard, Love was shaken up but is okay, and the car can be repaired.

We happened to be at the Corkscrew, camera in hand, when the 250 TR went off course, and were able to capture Love's off-track excursion. If you can handle seeing a beautiful, multi (multi) million dollar Testa Rossa getting damaged, then check out the entire sequence of photos in the gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone please make an animated GIF of this...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have loved that car (no pun intended) since the mid 60s when I was racing in SF Region SCCA. In fact the engine on the front page of my website: http://www.tferrari.org is from that car taken in the Laguna Seca pits in 1969. In those days he would have hit hay bales long before the current tires. I'm not sure which would have been worse. Thankfully David is OK and hopefully the car is only cosmetically damaged.

      Tony Ferrari
      • 6 Years Ago
      I felt just a little sick seeing those pictures. Seems to me that I saw the same car get tangled up with a competitor going through the corkscrew there a few years ago when I was able to make it to race myself... I'll have to look back through my pictures to see for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gotta say, serendipity in being there with a camera, Drew... Great shots of something you're most-assuredly not going to see very often. Buen hecho!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry to see that happen. Glad to see the driver was ok. At any rate...thanks for putting that car on track for the rest of us to appreciate. I hope he runs it again once repaired.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mad props for giving a classic a workout, and you gotta love some of those faces as his mind realizes what's about to happen!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent photography skills, Drew. I was expecting that midair shot, then one against the tires, then one of him getting out or something. But I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the entire thing, flipbook-style.

      I'd be more upset about the Ferrari, but if it's reparable, and the guy didn't get hurt, then it's not that big a deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I lol'd at this not because of the crash but because I jump the Rahal Straight in Forza all the time it makes for some good photos
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me too!
        +1 for the Forza reference
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol, I don't even bother trying to navigate the Corkscrew during a short race. I just fly over the dirt and catch the track ahead of the turns.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I lol'd at this not because of the crash but because I jump the Rahal Straight in Forza all the time it makes for some good photos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really nice job with the photos! Solid captures...

      Shame about the car. It will never be the same, but then again, they are meant to be driven.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gotta respect the dude for driving it and racing it like it is supposed to.
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