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.”

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~ by motoringconbrio on February 24, 2011.

8 Responses to “Your daily surreal”

  1. another glickenhaus ‘daily driver':

  2. A-MAZING

  3. That car is not the ’67 Le Mans winner, the MK IV owned by the Ford Museum is.

    Cris

    • you are absolutely correct- it says so right there in the article. i amended the post.

      • Oddly/interestingly enough, the car was originally sold to him as the race winner but through researching the physical evidence he was able to discern that this wasn’t true. Pretty rare to find a car owner at this level admitting his car had less-important history than the rest of the world believed it had…

        Keep up the nice work.

        Cris

  4. I never knew Glickenhaus was a portfolio manager based in NY!

  5. He was on the episode of worlds most expensive rides the other night. It was a repeat but I never get tired of the episode with the auto union.

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