Ford Le Mans Race
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Ford le mans race. 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. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Subsequent cars fitted with the bigger 427 v 8 received the designation gt40 mark ii. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued.
Ford went to le mans with the gt40 a british built race car inspired by designer eric broadley s lola mark 6 gt. 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. 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. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine.
Henry ford ii center stands behind celebratory bottles of moet chandon on the podium next to drivers bruce mclaren left and chris amon right who won the prestigious 1966 le mans race in. The realization was forced on ford in 1965 that the 289 race car was not fast enough to win le mans. After a six month break the fia world endurance championship returns to the race track this week with the 6 hours of spa francorchamps the sixth round of the 2019 2020 season and the final race ahead of the 24 hours of le mans in september. The most successful participant of all time at le mans danish driver tom kristensen leads with nine wins during 1997 2013 of which six were consecutive 2000 2005 the 24 hours of le mans 24 heures du mans is the world s oldest sports car endurance race and one of the most famous and influential in motorsports history.
Ford s dominance of the 1966 le mans under the management of the wise cracking shelby not only made racing history it remade ford as the performance car company it is today. Ford gt40 mk ii front. Henri pescarolo who went. Today the blue oval.
The first gt40s carried ford s 289 cubic inch v 8.
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