If you were a teenager in the late 80s and 90s, then there’s a high chance you’ve already stumbled across the work of Jim Glickenhaus. Not in the form of the sleek supercars that his company Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus build today, but through films.
As a writer and director, Glickenhaus made his name through writing and directing violent vigilante slasher movies that dominated the aisles of Blockbusters, including The Exterminator, Slaughter Of The Innocents and ill-fated Jackie Chan vehicle, The Protector. Mercifully the movie business pays, and the profits have paved way for one of the world’s finest car collections, including a 1988 Ferrari GTB Turbo that Enzo gave to his race driver Nino Vaccarella, and a 1967 Baja Boot raced by Steve McQueen.
The story could easily stop there. After all, “rich Hollywood media mogul buys nice cars” is nothing new. However, away from his personal garage, Jim also owns Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, builders of some of the fastest supercars in the world. And while the cars themselves may differ in looks and style, from dessert off-roaders to Nürburgring busting supercars, the approach is always the same: “We find the toughest races in the world (The 24 Hours of Nürburgring, The Baja 1000) and design vehicles to compete in those challenges. Then we make road-legal versions.”
It’s the road-legal bit that sets them apart from most other manufacturers. Anyone can build a fast, track-only car that wins races. You just take all the creature comforts out to make it as light as possible. But to produce race winning machines that still get you to the shops and back? That’s a different skill set altogether.
Make no mistake, the cars are fast. The SCG 003s 700Hp twin turbo gets you to 60mph in under three seconds and keeps going to 230mph. The SCG 004 has 850Hp, all the speed, plus electric windows, doors, Bluetooth speakers – everything then that you need for a cruise into town and back. Get up, go win a race, stop for coffee at the supermarket on the way home. Perfect.
See the collection here: https://glickenhausracing.com/aboutus-collection