Ford Shelby Le Mans Ken Miles
Miles died in a crash while testing ford s j car later that year.
Ford shelby le mans ken miles. British born ken miles was a gifted race car engineer and driver. Ferrari focuses on british driver ken miles an unsung motorsports hero. Drivers lloyd ruby and ken miles enjoy victory lane following their win in the first 24 hours of daytona at daytona international speedway driving a ford mk ii for shelby american racing. Ken miles already had a well respected career in the auto racing world but leading ford to defeat ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966 made him a star.
A strong personality all those years before shelby american we knew him as kind of a hothead but it never showed up during the years he was with me. And tragically ken miles did die shortly after le mans 66 while testing ford s experimental j car at the riverside raceway on aug. The enthusiast networkgetty images the new the film ford v. To the extent that the cinematic miles diverges from.
He is an inductee to the motorsports hall of fame of america. In the spring of 1963 two englishmen met in a small back room at shelby american. In honor of miles we re republishing james t. One was ian garrad a rising star in the rootes group organization recently appointed the manager of west coast sales.
Through his work for carroll shelby miles got involved in ford s gt racing program. Miles won the 24 hours of daytona and the 12 hours of sebring in 1966 and placed second at le mans. 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. The other was ken miles one of the best known racing drivers in southern california played by christian bale in ford v ferrari.
Carroll shelby as anyone who s seen ford v ferrari can tell you went from creating and distributing the ac cobra to running the racing operations of the entire ford gt40 program.
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