Ford Shelby At Lemans
His shelby american racing team reworked the gt40 into a winning machine and managed the car that took the checkered flag in 1966.
Ford shelby at lemans. 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. 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. The original project had six shelby daytona coupes built for racing purposes between 1964 and 1965 as carroll shelby was reassigned to the ford gt40 project to compete at the 24 hours of le mans again to beat ferrari in the highest level prototype class. His team reworked the gt40 and with ford engineers replaced its 289 cubic inch engine with a big 427.
By 1965 shelby and his team were working on ford s new racer the gt40 which would go on to capture the famous le mans title from ferrari a performance juggernaut that had won the famous race. Shelby who d won le mans as a driver in 1959 turned things around. Shelby and his team returned to france for 1967. The man who raced against ferrari with a ford 1966 was an epic year for racing.
Today the blue oval. Shelby who d won the race as a driver in 1959 turned things around. Carroll shelby joined ford s le mans effort in late 1964 when the program was struggling. Ford v ferrari known as le mans 66 in the uk and other territories is a sports drama film distributed by 20th century fox based on the rivalry between ford and ferrari for dominance at le mans.
Ford swept the le mans podium in 1966 by taking first second and third places.
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