I had similar views and sentiments a couple of years ago. But since I've seen what has been done to perfectly good Ferraris, completely butchered to create bad replicas, I've changed my view. Just look at the beautiful ex-Julio Battista 250GTE. A concours Ferrari, fully restored in 2004, Ferrari certified, and some #@$#@$#&&$ bought it, took the engine out for a replica and tossed the lifeless car back onto eBay. Criminal.
Then - there's other bad thing: people who own replicas (and a recreation is just a fancy word for a replica), in my experience NEVER own up to it! It makes me angry that people drive these cars and pretend it is the real deal. Like the 250 TdF in the Mille Miglia Tribute that turned out to be a 250GTE rebodied as a TdF.... that angered me when my original 330GTC had to go through scrutineering by Ferrari to see "if it was worthy to participate". It didn't say in the participation list "Rebodied 250GTE", no it said 250TdF. I'm still angry about that - it's deceiving real car lovers. If I had a recreation I would have the word etched in the windscreen. I really would.
In a perfect world, I would not have anything against recreations that:
a) were built from a car that was unsalvageable
b) don't claim to be the real thing
c) are built exactly the way the original car was built
But this will still mean that original parts will be used on a replica, which diminishes the part supply for the real cars.
So no, in the end, I have to say I am against these cars. Particularly if you see how eye-wateringly bad some of them are!! They look in 95% of the cases NOTHING like the real thing to the trained eye.
Let's just accept that these cars are out of reach for almost all of us, and just appreciate them at events like LeMans Classic and Goodwood Revival.
P.S. One final thing: when I mentioned on another board that I was interested in owning a recreation of a 250TR to experience 4-wheel drifting, somebody replied: get a Formula Ford and do some open wheel racing for a lot less cash. There's a lot of truth in that statement. Never pay again for live sex! | Hot girls doing naughty stuff for free! | Chat for free!