Originally a Ferrari design by Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini before their famous walk-out from Ferrari, it was sold to the new Italian company and uprated with a 1290cc engine giving 125 bhp. With Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe. The Bucknum / Hutcherson Holman & Moody entered Ford moved from ninth starting position to third position at the end of the first hour, and that’s where they eventually finished. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Company. "I'm disappointed, of course, but what are you going to do about it. Shorter and wider than the P2, it kept the same 4-litre engine but with fuel-injection now put out 420 bhp. The 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1966. Ken Miles was born Kenneth Henry J Miles on November 1, 1918 to Eric Miles and mother Clarice Jarvis in Sutton Coldfield, England. Chris Amon: “I remember when I came in for our last pit stop and Bruce told me that Ford wanted to do a blanket finish, I said ‘ Who is supposed to win?’ Bruce said ‘I don’t know, but I’m not going to lose.’ “. [32], Jo Siffert put the quickest Porsche 22nd on the grid with 3:51.0, with Nino Vaccarella's Ferrari in 24th (3:53.5) and Jo Schlesser's Matra just behind it (3:53.5). [14][15][35], On the third lap Gurney took the lead, which he held onto until the first pit-stops. Each of the eight cars was painted in a colour from the Mustang road-car range. Ford GT40 (Ken Miles) 1966 - 24 Hours of Le Mans 427 Powered GT40 MK II Total Victory at Le Mans , Shelby American Collection Event Poster and the Ford 1966 GT40 SWEEP 1,2,3 Poster of the 24hrs Le Mans Finish. 0 Comments, © 2016 Dailysportscar. This year a new customer team, the Ecurie Savin-Calberson was supported by Alpine, with former Index winner Roger Delageneste. [16][18] Fighting on two fronts, the company also took on Porsche in the 2-litre class with its Dino 206 S with a pair from NART and another for Maranello. He and team manager Eugenio Dragoni had decided that he, as the fastest Ferrari driver and driving with Mike Parkes, would act as the hare to bait and break the Fords. Every time you go racing, you put your reputation on the line.”, Carroll Smith – Shelby American Race Team Manager: “I knew the ramifications of a dead heat at Le Mans. See the distance between them? The three cars were driven by up and coming young French single-seater drivers Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud/Henri Pescarolo and Jo Schlesser with Welshman Alan Rees.[24]. After a defective batch of transaxle shafts sank Ford's effort, Ferrari took a 1-2-3 finish with their new P4s and returned the favor of Ford's victory formation. Ken told me that, in spite of any Ford decision, he wasn’t going to finish second.”. 14. [8] Copying Ferrari's tactic of overwhelming numbers, they put in fifteen Mark II entrants; eight were accepted by the ACO. [14][15], Ferrari's response to the Mk II was the new Ferrari 330 P3. Amon 22, is the youngest winner in the history of the event. For the 2019 film released internationally as Le Mans '66, see, Challenge Mondial de Vitesse et Endurance standings, Clarke 1997, p.10: Road & Track Sept 1966, Clarke 1997, p.11: Road & Track Sept 1966, Clarke 1997, p.12: Road & Track Sept 1966, Clarke 1997, p.13: Road & Track Sept 1966, "A look back at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours", "Watch the story of the controversy behind the Ford GT40's photo finish at Le Mans in 1966", "Le Mans 1966: The Golden Mystery – dailysportscar.com", "20 Jun 1966, Page 11 - The Cumberland News at Newspapers.com", "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans – Book Review", "How Carroll Shelby And A Gang Of Nerds Beat Enzo Ferrari", "Ford Preparing to 'Go Like Hell!' The third was a quiet though significant entry: Jacques Dewes, ever the pioneering privateer, brought the first Porsche 911 to Le Mans. Leo Beebe came up to me and said ‘ Who do you think should win the race?’ The year after that, they won a third time. It was during this time that Passino sent John Cowley down to the scorer’s and timer’s tower and told them that we had miscredited a lap on Ken’s car and to take a lap away from that car. Finally, in August 1966, Shelby American resumed testing and development work with Miles se… Just before midnight Robert Buchet aquaplaned coming over the crest at the Dunlop Bridge and crashed the French Porsche. With the bitter failure of Ferrari's 330 P3 mirroring the failure of the Ford prototypes the previous year (and with salt rubbed into the wound with Ford's formation finish), the "Ford-Ferrari War" moved into its climactic phase. There were only three GT entries: the Ferrari customer teams Ecurie Francorchamps and Maranello Concessionaires both entered a 275 GTB. The spectators laughed at the small car and its apparent resemblance to a flea. [29][15][19], On a cool and cloudy afternoon, it was Henry Ford II this year who was the honorary starter. We weren't sure who had won initially. Ken got tears in his eyes and said: ‘No, this is my only opportunity to do this and I can’t do that and I won’t do that.’. [36][41], At the last pit stop, the Mark IIs were still in front. The ostensible villain of the first half of Ford v Ferrari: the Scuderia Ferrari … Bruce McLaren leads Ken Miles and Dick Hutcherson across the finish line in one of the most controversial finishes in the history of Le Mans. When I was called in to change tires, I think Bruce's frustration had reached boiling point, he put his head through the car door and said 'Go like hell!'."

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