Ford Le Mans Finish 1966
This was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor.
Ford le mans finish 1966. After a long difficult development and a year s worth of work by carroll shelby himself the blue oval s. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. Previously unseen amateur footage of the 1966 24 hours of le mans with reflections by ford icons who were there that day. But there s some additional drama in the.
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season. The ford gt40 finally reached the success that was expected from it and ford trampled ferrari in. 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.
It was a repeat of the american carmaker s triumph at the 12 hours of sebring three months earlier. This car took second place overall all three top finishers were ford gt40s in the 1966 24 hours of le mans. Ford s first wins at the 24 hours of le mans and the 12 hours of sebring it was fifty years ago that ford scored its first 24 hours of le mans victory bringing ferrari s dominance to an end with a conclusive 1 2 3 sweep. Les ford gt40 aux 24 heures du mans de 1966.
It was the final minutes of the 1966 24 hours of le mans and the race was ford s to lose. Since 1966 and the well known photo op finish with the three ford mk2 prototypes crossing the line yards apart the controversy of a conspiracy by the french organizers to deprive ford of an all american finish has raged in america. Ford gt40 mk ii front. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish.
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