Two extremely valuable classic race cars – worth around £5 million together – crashed into each other at an event at the iconic Goodwood race track on Saturday.
The duo of classic racers, which were taking part in the qualifying round of the Salvadori Cup race, collided after the multi-million-pound one-off Mercedes SLS 300 Porter Special – driven by F1 and Le Mans star Jochen Mass – slammed into the back of a 1959 Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' on the Sussex circuit.
The one-of-a-kind 1955 Mercedes had been shipped to the UK specifically to take part in this race, but came into trouble after Mass failed to stop in time as the classic British sports car, driven by Tony Wood, slowed to enter the pit lane.
The Lister – believed to be worth around £1 million – had been braking to pull into the pits as the Mercedes driver accelerated out of the preceding chicane. Slamming on the anchors as he spotted the Lister in front, Mass locked the wheels of the Mercedes, with smoke pouring off the front tyres. However, unable to scrub off enough speed, the cars collided, with the hefty impact leaving both classics with significant damage and bringing the qualifying heat to an abrupt end, reports the Western Morning News.
Thankfully, the drivers were uninjured, though both were taken to the circuit's medical room. In a statement following the race, Goodwood Motorsport said: "There was a collision during qualifying for the Salvadori Cup on the afternoon of Saturday, March 21, 2015, involving car #8, a Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' driven by Tony Wood, and car #23, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS 'Porter Special' driven by Jochen Mass.
"Following the contact between the two cars, both of which stopped close to the pit lane entrance, the session was immediately red-flagged and did not resume."
Both cars are thought to be repairable, though bills to fix them are expected to run into six figures.