1963 AC Cobra Crashes at Goodwood: Video
The annual Goodwood Member’s Meeting is arguably one of the greatest car shows you need to attend if you’re a sucker for classic race cars, but the event isn’t always fun and games. This year’s meeting was no exception, and several crashes occurred on the track. One of them saw an original AC Cobra leave the tarmac and crash nose first into a tire wall during the Graham Hill Trophy.
The Cobra was driven by Karsten Le Blanc, a highly experienced driver with many years of endurance racing on his resume. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop the Cobra from plowing into the tire wall after locking the brakes before entering the grass area. The impact was quite severe, causing the car to bounce off the wall several feet before coming to a halt. The good news is that Le Blanc walked away from the scene, but the same can’t be said about the Cobra, which suffered extensive damage to its front end.
While it’s always sad to see classic cars such as this get smashed on or off the track, we can at least rejoice that Le Blanc’s Cobra isn’t an authentic coupe, of which only nine were built in 1963. Still, we do hope that the silver-painted Cobra will bring its retrofitted roof back to the race track soon enough.