In the pouring rain, Kenny Brack shows just how unwieldy racers of yesteryear were. Brack, winner of the 1999 Indy 500, comes to terms with the ferocious power delivery and snappy handling of a vintage GT40 and gives a masterclass in rain driving. Though the Goodwood Festival is supposed to be a lighthearted event, once you get a thoroughbred racer in the seat, it’s ten-tenths, all the way. Those old, incorrigible racing drivers.
It’s unfortunate that this video doesn’t last longer, because the virtuoso display of skill and unfettered courage is enough to make any driver envious. Though the old Ford tin-top is a far cry from the Indycars Brack made his career with, you would assume he’s spent plenty of time racing vintage machines like this. With a high center of gravity, a brutal power delivery, rearwards weight bias and cross-ply tires, the GT40 is a handful. Having all that torque and gripless tires underneath, the sleek GT40 slithers all the way down the straights and through every single corner.
Brack remarks in a video that the mindset he has to adopt when getting into any car is one of complete concentration. Behind the wheel, Brack’s eyes stare intently at the road ahead of him and his hands move with incredible speed. In order to keep from sliding off the track, he doesn’t concern himself with the value of the car or anything of that nature. While in the seat, he only focuses on finding grip. Fortunately, his focus made for an incredible spectacle.