Ford Gt Le Mans Finish Picture
After 50 years the 66 le mans winning ford gt40 is reborn 4 photos it was in 1966 when ford had a feud with ferrari after a failed attempt to buy the italian racing empire.
Ford gt le mans finish picture. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of. It was one of the most advanced racing cars of the time and made a noted performance in le mans 1963 even though the car did not finish due to low gearing and slow revving out on the mulsanne straight however eric broadley lola cars owner and chief designer agreed on a. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Watch the bittersweet story behind the ford gt40 s 1966 le mans photo finish petersen automotive museum s new film 8 meters chronicles the final moments of the famed race.
While ford bested the italians with the gt40 mark ii in 1966 this time it fielded an all new car. The lola proposal was chosen since lola had used a ford v8 engine in its mid engined lola mk6 also known as lola gt. Ford motor company returned to le mans for a rematch with ferrari in 1967. It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season this was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor.
Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as all three ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish. Foyt piloted a ford mark iv around the circuit de la sarthe for 24 brutal hours. Four gt race cars and 12 drivers will try to hand the blue oval a win in the gte pro class on the 50th anniversary of.
The two drivers like the crew members and ford executives there with them hoped all the while that neither they nor. 50 years later exactly the petersen automotive museum and superformance have released a documentary called 8 meters detailing the dramatic conclusion of the 1966 le mans photo finish. You have three gt40s crossing the finish line to claim a 1 2 3 finish at le mans accomplishing ford s and shelby s dream of kicking ferrari. Dan gurney and a j.
Henri pescarolo who went. The story of the ford gt40 told by 25 rare photos.
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