• Aug 17, 2009
1958 Ferrari 250 TR post crash at Laguna Seca - click image above to watch the "video"

Some of us weren't able to attend the Monterey Historic races over the weekend, but the first thing we heard once the laptop spooled up was that a very expensive Ferrari 250 TR smacked into a bunch of tires at Laguna Seca. This has turned into the crash heard 'round the world for a few simple reasons. Make that thirty four reasons, to be exact. That's right Ferrari only made 34 250 Testa Rossas from 1956 to 1961. Actually, let's just make that 21 reasons, as the 250 TR is the preferred version of the car, and only 19 customer cars and 2 racers were built between 1958 and 1959. And while a 1957 250 Testa Rossa just sold this past May for $12,200,000, making it the most expensive car, well, ever -- the 1958 TR that cashed this weekend is "only" worth about $8 million.

Our own meraviglioso photographer Drew Philips had Nikon in hand near Laguna's famed Corkscrew and was able to capture the tragic off-track excursion -- which is why we have these amazing photographs. In fact, Autoblog reader James Iovino was so smitten with Drew's work that he took all the individual photos and video-ized them. Which is not only a word we just made up, but pretty dang cool to watch. That is if watching a near-priceless Ferrari jump across gravel and slam into a bunch of dirty old tires can ever be cool. But hey, at least the TR got beat up on a race track instead resting in a garage during an earthquake. Besides, everything ought to buff right out. Full "video" after the jump. Thanks again to James Iovino for his handiwork!













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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would you push a 50 year old, $12'000'000 car to the limit knowing that things would not end happily.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because that 50 year old car is a stubborn champion who would rather go out with a bang than rot in a retirement home.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe because that is what the car was built to do? Would you rather see it wasting away in a museum or something? Sorry, but I would much rather see a car like this go down fighting, than rot in someones personal hoard.

        This particular car has been rebuilt from a wreck AT LEAST once before, it will live to tear up the track again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch. At least it was having fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep in mind, the guy is undoubtedly paying a grip on insurance. And for that car, he probabaly took out a seperate entire policy just for this weekend in case anything were to happen to such a beautiful... beautiful... *sob*. Oh man. Keep it together.

      Ok.

      OK.

      Anyway, as I was saying. The guy probability pays more insuring the thing than the average American's house is worth. The sad part is all the work he put into maintaining/restoring/ownership, and the structural damage that will take... well... a long time to sort out.

      Ok now I can weep.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well. Shoot.

        Poor guy. And good to know, should I ever become worth gazillions of dollars and wish to plant my Ferrari into a tire wall. Cheers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no insurance for race cars on the track - all the risk is carried by the owner / driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does that mean it's a clunker now????

      Because I have seen many cars that were not that damaged labeled as clunkers...
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAH!

        Good thinking!
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are thousands of harder enthusiasts out there who will never even see one of these artworks in their lives. If only access to them were restricted to only the most ardent passionate followers and impossible for wealthy interlopers to just throw all the money in the world at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see them crashing than sitting in some guys garage or museum
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that was a fairly minor crash. It could have been much much worse!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i just got done building a model of one of these.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With "Authentic Battle Damage!!!1"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Argh, the WRONG people own these cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am dying a little!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know, its pure jealousy, but it is all I have got
        • 5 Years Ago
        because he was using the way the car should be used and the brakes failed?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That will buff right out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      awww thats a real shame... shame it wasn't damaged more or completely destroyed even!!! hee hee! me no likey Ferraris!
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is the stupid man on earth this day jajajaj
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