Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
One of the more engaging elements of Goodwood's various motorsport events is that the cars involved are actually being used as their makers intended. Sure, if you'd spent seven figures on a car it might be tempting to wrap it up in cotton wool and squirrel it away where nobody could hurt it, but it's an undeniable fact that race cars were built to race. And so at Goodwood, that's what they do.
The flipside of this joyful situation is that motorsport tends to involve the odd fender-bender. Or, as in the case of this '63 Cobra at the 74th Members' Meeting, a massive, terrifying smash. Unfortunately, driver Karsten Le Blanc just ran out of road (or grip, or something), and suddenly the car was much shorter than before.
Still, it's just a car, isn't it? Le Blanc thankfully walked away from the accident, and the Cobra can be rebuilt. It'll be difficult and expensive, but that's the game. It's another story in the car's history. And that's better than being locked up in some plutocrat's garage, isn't it?
More pics from 74MM here.