Ford Le Mans Tie
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Ford le mans tie. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead. Ford transit custom 300 l1 swb gt le mans limited edition double cab in van 2 0 tdci 170ps auto le mans sports body kit alloy wheels. The ford gt40 was already a winner by the time it arrived at the circuit de la sarthe for the 1966 lm24. 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.
As the day of the race drew closer the ford le mans committee arrived to support the team. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. Henri pescarolo who went. Subsequent cars fitted with the bigger 427 v 8 received the designation gt40 mark ii.
This car took second place overall all three top finishers were ford gt40s in the 1966 24 hours of le mans the 1 car was driven by ken miles and denny hulme and together with the 2 car driven by bruce mclaren chris amon 1st overall and 5 car driven by bucknum hutcherson 3rd overall gave ford its first victory in a 24 hour race. Air con rear tailgate heated front seats front rear parking sensors cruise control heated windscreen front fog lights and much more. Henry ford ii had been named honorary chairman of the race and would serve as starter with his wife and son edsel with him in tow. Ford gt40 mk ii front.
It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Ford s first two defeats at le mans in 1964 and 65 were overseen by another persnickety brit john pappy wyer shelby s former boss on aston martin s racing team but pappy did get into heated. A good chunk of james mangold s ford v ferrari is devoted to a diligent recreation of the 1966 24 hours of le mans race and it all leads to a climax that if you don t know anything about it.
Ford went to le mans with the gt40 a british built race car inspired by designer eric broadley s lola mark 6 gt. 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. As the clock hit 4 00 pm on june 18th henry ford ii waved the starter flag and the drivers ran across the track to start their cars and the race. It was the mark ii that mclaren and amon drove to victory at le mans in 1966.
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