World Record Assemblage of Ferrari 288 GTOs and . . . ?

Paul Grusche
by Paul Grusche
world record assemblage of ferrari 288 gtos and

The Pebble Beach Concorso Italiano is promoting the fact that they will assemble a world record number of Ferrari 288 GTOs (more than 12). It got me thinking: what happened to the good ol’ days of driving fast for no good reason to set a Guinness world record? Or for that matter driving fast after having a few Guinnesses. Don’t answer the latter, I think I know the answer to that one. Whoo, whoooooo. That’s me making siren noises. Anyway, here’s the correct answer.

“…for driving between two points in the least amount of time, or covering the greatest distance in a motor vehicle in a set time? Records for driving between two cities, across continents, around countries, around the world etc. in the least amount of time are essentially races against the clock. You will understand that we simply cannot endorse records that encourage driving at ever-increasing speeds on public roads. For this reason we no longer recognize any records that involve driving against the clock on public roads in motorised vehicles of any kind (this includes motorcycles, and vehicles with a theoretical upper speed limit).”

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  • Paul Grusche Paul Grusche on Aug 05, 2009

    "Regardless, that 308GTB (it’s not a 288 GTO) in Gold is stunning..." Yes, didn't mean to try to pass off a plain Jane as the real McCoy. The 308GTB pictured is a shot I had laying around vs. a 288 with no license rights. That car is one of a handful 1977 steel bodied 308s with a dry sump motor, European spec. '77 was the last year for the dry sump motor and before '77 they were still making fiberglass bodies. The wheels are 17" Speedlines that are similar to the 288 GTO's. The gold, well you either loved it or hated it. But at least it wasn't red.

  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Aug 05, 2009

    the 288 is perhaps even more remarkable for its period what was it like in 1984? can you imagine the impact of a quad cam 32 valve twin turbocharged V8? in 1984? the only other significant car was the C4 Corvette

  • Roadtrip Roadtrip on Aug 05, 2009

    @ chuck Goolsbee +1 I hate museum pieces also, let the good times roll.

  • Sutski Sutski on Aug 06, 2009

    Although it looks like we are perhaps going to beat that in front of my office in a coupla weeks...just got this email: Dear All, Please be advised that on August 30th, 2009 there will be a Ferrari meeting in the Lorze Parking area. Therefore, do not leave your cars in the parking lot over the weekend. They are expecting 150 Ferraris from all over Europe to take part in this event. For more info, please visit Best Regards Tabea Bilang Administrator Global Recovery Alliance AG Haldenstrasse 3 P.O.Box 2353 CH-6342 Baar Switzerland