Wrestling a GT40 in the Rain!

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.

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On that day, Brack drove the GT40 like a rally car.

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.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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