Ford Shelby Le Mans Ken Miles
Kenneth henry miles 1 november 1918 17 august 1966 was a british sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the us and with american teams on the international scene.
Ford shelby le mans ken miles. 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. Miles died in a crash while testing ford s j car later that year. 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. In honor of miles we re republishing james t.
The other was ken miles one of the best known racing drivers in southern california played by christian bale in ford v ferrari. Ferrari focuses on british driver ken miles an unsung motorsports hero. The enthusiast networkgetty images the new the film ford v. One was ian garrad a rising star in the rootes group organization recently appointed the manager of west coast sales.
The controversial finish of the 1966 le mans 24 hours with the two ford mk ii of ken miles denny hulme and bruce mclaren chris amon finishing a few meters apart. British born ken miles was a gifted race car engineer and driver. In the spring of 1963 two englishmen met in a small back room at shelby american. And tragically ken miles did die shortly after le mans 66 while testing ford s experimental j car at the riverside raceway on aug.
He is an inductee to the motorsports hall of fame of america. This installment contains memories shared by carroll shelby in a ken miles biography written in 2004 by art evans and edited by photo data research. To the extent that the cinematic miles diverges from. 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.
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.
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