Le Mans Ford Winning Picture
While ford bested the italians with the gt40 mark ii in 1966 this time it fielded an all new car.
Le mans ford winning picture. The ford gt40 was a high performance sports car and winner of the 24 hours of le mans four times in a row from 1966 to 1969 in 1967 with a different body though. Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as all three ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. Henri pescarolo who went. This weekend ford will launch an all out assault on the 24 hours of le mans 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.
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 dominated the le mans 24 hours race in 1966 winning it for the first time and taking all the podium places with its updated mkii and stellar driver line up but instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Ford motor company returned to le mans for a rematch with ferrari in 1967.
It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of. The two drivers like the crew members and ford executives there with them hoped all the while that neither they nor. Dan gurney and a j.
But there s some additional drama. 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. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish. It was built to win long distance sports car races against ferrari who won at le mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965.
The overall winners of all events since 1923 are listed here. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine. The race has been run every year since its inception with the exception of 1936 when the race was not run due to worker strikes and 1940 to 1948 due to world war ii. Foyt piloted a ford mark iv around the circuit de la sarthe for 24 brutal hours.
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