Ford Le Mans 1966
The le mans course is 8 5 miles and whatever team does the most laps in a 24 hour time period wins.
Ford le mans 1966. American car designer carroll shelby and driver ken miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for ford in order to defeat ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. 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. Henri pescarolo who went.
The 1966 running of the 24 hours of le mans is one of the most important races in ford s history. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Check out our first hand account of the legendary 1966 24 hours of le mans.
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. Motortrend was there to witness ford s epic win over ferrari. But ford s historic 1966 le mans win changed the company and auto racing in fundamental ways. 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.
Directed by james mangold. Ford gt40 mk ii front. Henry ford ii along with new zealanders bruce mclaren and chris amon celebrates the first victory for an american manufacturer at the 24 hours of le mans on the podium in 1966. The ford gt40 finally reached the success that was expected from it and ford trampled ferrari.
Ford v ferrari is a racing inspired buddy movie.
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