Snapshot, 1968: Things could be worse for Paul Vestey at Brands Hatch

It’s April 1968, and following the BOAC International 500 at Brands Hatch, privateer Paul Vestey reflects on a forgettable race with his Ferrari 250 LM — a car with which he just can’t seem to bond. Fortunately, any car in the paddock with a Prancing Horse on its nose is a guaranteed crowd magnet…

Sharing the driving duties with American Roy Pike, Paul Vestey managed to bring his new Ferrari 250 LM home 15th overall and 6th in class at Brands Hatch — 22 laps behind the winning Ford GT40 of Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman. And while the privateer entrant makes no bones about the fact that he races entirely for enjoyment, this wasn’t really the result he was looking for. The problem lies in the car — Vestey hasn’t bonded with the prototype Ferrari at all, citing its brakes as its main flaw. That said, it’s all smiles in the paddocks after the race. After all, the starting money was still strong, there’s always the next race to try again, and a dark blue Ferrari prototype always attracts a crowd, regardless of where it finishes. 

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You can find a recent interview with Paul Vestey, featuring a rather special old Prancing Horse, here. Alternatively, discover hundreds of classic and modern Ferraris listed for sale in the Classic Driver Market.