• Aug 19, 2009
1958 Ferrari 250 TR crashes at Laguna Sega - Click above to watch video after the jump

When David Love's $8 million 1958 Ferrari 250 TR loses its brakes, goes airborne and then crashes into a bank of tires, it's news. When our best photographer just happens to be shooting the car just as it crashes at the Laguna Sega Corkscrew, of course we're going to post the obligatory high-resolution gallery. Heck, we even went back to the well when one of our readers took Drew Phillips' fast action photos and animated them into a six frame per second movie.

Just when you thought our fascination over the wrecking of the ultra rare 250 TR has passed, we're taking you back to the Corkscrew one more time. We have a great reason, too, as Autoblog reader Susan Curry has given us a never-before-seen video of the crash from the bottom of the Corkscrew. And this time we're talking about actual motion pictures with audio instead of a conglomeration of 31 ultra high-resolution pics. We were kind of expecting someone would have the video, as a collection of rare and expensive race cars traversing a challenging track absolutely should attract some filming. Hit the jump to view the exclusive video. We've also added the reader animation video for your perusal, along with the fantastic gallery from Mr. Phillips. Thanks for the video, Susan!

*UPDATE: Compelling new video from a different vantage point added after the jump - thanks for the link, Robert B!


Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.








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      • 5 Years Ago
      FAIL. Looks like he cooked the brakes, came in too hot, and ultimately paid the price for it. If I owned that car it would've never ended up in a tire wall. Some cars are just too rare to risk damaging by thrill seeking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kinda agree with xmRandomNumbersAndLetters. Yes this car was intended to be a race car back when. Now its fragile thing leaking every type of fluid that it contains. Sure take it out, do a pretend race, have fun. If something breaks, fix it. There is just no point in overstepping limits and smashing this car around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Live we've never seen pictures of a Veyron or McLaren F1 crashed on a "country road". what do you think an F1 is going to be worth in 20 years?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Imag, I didn't say it didn't ever have to go out on the track, it just shouldn't be driven by a moron who's driving it too fast and too hard to the point where accidents happen and vintage cars get destroyed. He's lucky that was just a tire wall, otherwise that car would've been a worthless pile of vintage Ferrari scrap metal and you know what happens after that, right? It means NO ONE will hear it howling up the straight of Laguna Seca because it won't exist anymore. Pull your head out of your ass, this is a multi-million dollar car, not a Hot Wheels toy car, and it should be treated like its worth more than you're likely to ever make in your whole life. You wouldn't bet your entire retirement savings and pension on a game of roulette would you? So why would you take that gamble on a car worth far more than that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's his car. If he wants to drive it hard, it's his decision. And I for one am glad he does.

        Jeez, why all this talk by non-owners of 250 TRs of what 250 TR owners should do with their cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No Farris, I wouldn't be trying to drive it fast on a track like an idiot. You can have just as much fun in a car like that on a quiet mountain road. If you really need the adrenaline rush of driving on a track, there are plenty of other cars that fit the bill without having to risk ruining a rare vintage car like a 250 TR. Things can and do go wrong on the track, but finding parts for car like a 250 TR isn't exactly as easy as finding parts for a Corvette or replica Shelby Cobra.

        Looks like the only FAIL here is your lack of sound judgement. My superior knowledge of risk assessment qualifies me better than you when it comes to taking good care of a vintage car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your "superior risk assessment" can go to Pebble Beach.

        For a lot of us, these cars only exist as automobiles when they are doing what they were designed to do. In this case, the car is a racecar, and a lot of us happen to love the Monterey Historics for just this reason. To stand in the pits, when a 50+ year-old car comes in off the racetrack with its brakes smoking and the radiator steaming, is glorious. It is glorious to watch these cars, and it is even more special to hear them.

        Your "superior risk assessment" would mean that many people never would have a memory of a Testarossa V12 howling up the straight of Seca, or an Bugatti type 35, supercharger whistling, blazing through the infield.

        This car has been fixed before. It will be fixed again. The day it is subjected to "superior risk assessment" is the day it will die.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it just me or did that look worse in the photo's?
      • 5 Years Ago
      These things belong to a museum, not a race track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In a museum, they are dead and rotting. Here, they are a live.

        More power to the people who actually drive these cars, they should be given medals.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought that you only when flying in that curve in PS3's Gran Turismo video game.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love vintage racing but there is a price to pay to race the greats and this guy was not seeing a tire wall but seeing a wall made out of dollar signs.

      The corkscrew is one of the most amazing corners on any track. It is deceptively technical to really get it right. My father has got it really wrong twice there flipping a new Aston Martin while tire testing for Goodyear and flipping a production race car 11.5 times end over end. So luckily for the 250 TR driver it didn't go that wrong
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        the cork-screw is the easiest corner to get really wrong in the US
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I have too many friends who break the cork and mess up my wine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Yeah I often find myself hitting that same tire wall in Forza 2 on the corkscrew. However this just leaves me pissed off in my living room and not with a significant repair bill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a few feet to the left and he would have missed the tire wall entirely. Too bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have we heard what happened? Did he cook the brakes or did the pedal go spongy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch. For a car that's 8 million, maybe one should not race it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The United States has over 20 B-2 Bombers costing about $2Billion a piece. Should they just stop flying them because they are so rare and expensive?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Neves hit the nail on the head. When you use a high performance vehicle (be it plane, car, or other) you risk loss or damage that would prevent ever using it again. When you sit it behind plush ropes you've destroyed it just the same, it just doesn't look like it. Trailer Queens are a sad sight, and ex-racer TQs are exponentially worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      your man's hi-rez photos are just great-- the best 'footage' of what actually happened here. good work & glad the driver is ok!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ xmdfmk7x

      Maybe you missed the part where he's owned the car since 1964.... to go this long keeping the car in mint condition while enjoying it the way it is supposed to is something incredible and that man has already earned more respect for it over the years then most in the car community...

      Mistakes happen, which is what I'm sure your mother said when you popped out, but atleast the car can be fixed... life goes on and the car will be repaired... get over yourself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I’m really sorry a 58 Ferrari 250 TR hit the wall but my hats off to David Love and the rest of the owners for letting these studs out of the barn to do what they were born to do in away the whole world can enjoy. Hope the fix isn’t to painful and its back next year.
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