Your daily surreal
A Ford GT40 Mark IV – the 1967 Le Mans fourth place finisher, in this particular case – on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge— just going about its business as usual.
About the car and its owner (both legendary):
MANY vintage racecars spend decades hidden from the world, condemned to exist as four-wheel paperweights because of their immense value — historical as well as monetary — and raucous road manners.
Some collectors, though, view their pedigree racecars as living histories, not static investments, and exercise them on the road and on the racetrack as often as possible.
Jim Glickenhaus, an investment portfolio manager from Rye, N.Y., has a collection that includes a stately Duesenberg from the 1930′s and a tiny jewel of a Ferrari built in 1947. But he spends much of his free time with racing sports cars from the mid-1960′s.
The cars are insured and licensed for road use, and driven regularly throughout the Northeast. Each car undergoes an annual safety inspection as required by New York State, though they are exempt from emissions tests because of their age.
During a visit to his workshop in Danbury, Conn., Mr. Glickenhaus, thumbs hooked into his jean pockets, explained the history of each car in lively detail. First on the tour was a vibrant yellow Ford GT40 Mk IV, a car that qualified on the pole for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1967 and was driven to a fourth-place finish by Mark Donohue and Bruce McLaren.
Mr. Glickenhaus has driven the thundering treasure some 25,000 miles in the 15 years he has owned it, using it for local Sunday drives and weekend treks, including one to Vermont where he found himself caught in a snowstorm. ”It got a little squirrelly,” he said. ”But it kept going.”