2017 Ford GT | ’66-’69 24h Le Mans livery tribute by Marco van Overbeeke
50 YEARS AGO THE GT40 WROTE HISTORY
In 2016 it will be 50 years ago that the Ford GT40 race cars wrote history at Circuit de la Sarthe. Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon won the ‘66 24h Le Mans in their #2 Shelby American-entered Ford GT40 Mk II, providing Ford with a 1-2-3 finish. This was the first overall Le Mans victory for an American manufacturer and the first victory for an American manufacturer at a major European race since Jimmy Murphy´s triumph with Duesenberg at the 1921 French Grand Prix.
Ford succeeded to win 24h Le Mans four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969. The GT40’s dominated many endurance races like the ’65 Daytona 2000 and had 1-2-3 finishes at ’66 24 Hours of Daytona and ’66 12 Hours of Sebring.
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