Ford Le Mans Finish Line
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 le mans finish line. 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. Henri pescarolo who went. While ford bested the italians with the gt40 mark ii in 1966 this time it fielded an all new car. Dan gurney and a j.
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. Foyt piloted a ford mark iv around the circuit de la sarthe for 24 brutal hours.
Though ford wanted the 1 car driven by miles hume to win the 2 car of mclaren amon was awarded. 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. 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 pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of.
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. Ford motor company returned to le mans for a rematch with ferrari in 1967. 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. Ford s pr guru leo beebe wanted to celebrate the win with a picture of the trio crossing the finish line together.
Taste of vengeance the following year at le mans a ford gt40 mk. The finish of the 1966 le mans race. Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as. The 1 and 2 ford gt40s crossed the line ahead of the 5 car.
The two drivers like the crew members and ford executives there with them hoped all the while that neither they nor.
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