[15] There had been instant excitement when Edgar Berney spun his Bizzarrini on the start-line amongst the crowd of departing cars. Two new classes for Sports Cars were Group 4 and Group 5 for 'Special Sports Cars' (Group 1 and 2 covered Touring Cars, Group 7 led to the Can-Am series, with Group 8 and 9 for single-seaters). And once again there was tragedy with a fatal accident. [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. Through his work for Carroll Shelby, Miles got involved in Ford's GT racing program. Width in 18 20 21.97 23.98 25.99. At 8 am, a pit-stop for the Filipinetti Ford running 5th spilled petrol on a rear tyre. Bruce said to me we had to drive the doors off the thing, so we did. But Andretti was soon sidelined with a blown headgasket, as was the Hill/Muir Ford which had broken its front suspension coming out of Arnage corner. [10] The works team had a pair of closed-cockpit versions for John Surtees/Ludovico Scarfiotti and former winners Lorenzo Bandini/Jean Guichet. Production of what would become the ubiquitous Le Mans car had started in late 1964 and the new 911 S model had its ‘boxer’ 6-cylinder engine tuned to 160 bhp. Foyt, putting the stops to Ferrari's unbroken, five-year winning streak at La Sarthe. When it started raining, I told John Holman that if he wanted that sucker to go any faster he better put someone else in there because I was slowin’ my ass down. Following team orders (featured), Dan Gurney leads Ken Miles out of the Mulsanne Hairpin during the early part of the race. Two legends come together. 10. Who had won? That’s where he was told to be and that’s where he was.”. Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon also shared a GT40, while another GT40 – the one which is set to auction – was driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson. Ken Miles' death in Ford v Ferrari isn't too far off from what really happened - though the movie changes some details for storytelling purposes. [53][54] The book attained a "4.5 star" rating by book review website GoodReads.com. The M620 had a 2-litre version of the BRM Formula 1 engine developing 245 bhp that could match the Porsches in speed, making 275 kp/h (170 mph). I recall it was damp and we were running on intermediate Firestone tires and at 210–220 mph [355 kmh] on the Mulsanne Straight, the tires were shedding tread. Ford v Ferrari: the real story of Le Mans '66 and Ken Miles Ford v Ferrari The Ford v Ferrari battle at the Le Mans 24 Hours race of 1966 was a personal feud between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari that played… 8. McLaren, who builds his own Formula and sports cars, is 28. There were also P2/P3 hybrids for the Ecurie Francorchamps (Dumay/"Beurlys") and Scuderia Filipinetti (Mairesse/Müller. 30 November 2020 [8] Copying Ferrari's tactic of overwhelming numbers, they put in fifteen Mark II entrants; eight were accepted by the ACO. Pretend to be Christian Bale pretending to be Ken Miles by buying this Superformance GT40 MKII pretending to be a Le Mans race car. He was also still recovering from a big accident the previous year and would hand over to Scarfiotti if he got overly tired. [36][41], At the last pit stop, the Mark IIs were still in front. Ford's Mark IV was ready in time for the 12 Hours of Sebring, where it won on its maiden outing. That’s why he laid back when the three cars crossed the finish line. Ken Miles is besieged by spectators seeking autographs, and press and photographers wanting to know what happened at the finish. When the NART P3 retired from 4th with a broken gearbox at 3am, and the Filipinetti car of Mairesse/Müller from 5th an hour later, the Ferrari challenge was spent – there would be no privateer-saviours for the marque this year. Ken Miles Le Mans 1966 Winner GT40 T-Shirt Men & Women Race Car T-Shirt Unisex. Having slowed to accommodate the Ford finish decision, the Miles … I found a photo which graphically shows why Ken Miles did not win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chrysler had first entered in 1925, and after 41 years it was the first win for an American car. He was instructed to lap at between 3:37.0 and 3:38.0. Ford told their cars to drop to 4-minute laps, but Gurney and Miles kept racing hard for the lead. We're taking time to appreciate Miles, a motorsport legend. Over the test weekend, Mauro Bianchi had surprised many in the 1-litre Alpine, going as fast as the 1959 Ferrari Testa Rossas. Porsche also ran three regular 906s in the Sports category, two works entries as well as one for their Paris importer Toto Veuillet. [7][20] Chris Amon was fastest at the test weekend in the experimental Ford J-car with a 3:34.4 lap. At the finish: "the idea was that the leading GT40s would cross the line together, but in practice, it wasn't possible to have a dead heat. Gregg parked the car waiting for the last lap, but at 3.50pm he could not get it restarted and missed the formation finish. Baime[48][49] titled "Go Like Hell"—the words shouted by Bruce McLaren to Chris Amon as they drove to their famous victory. Carroll Smith – Shelby American Race Team Manager: “I could tell that something was up regarding the finish but I wasn’t advised of what that decision was. [3] It was also the debut Le Mans start for two significant drivers: Henri Pescarolo, who went on to set the record for the most starts at Le Mans; and Jacky Ickx, whose record of six Le Mans victories stood until beaten by Tom Kristensen in 2005. He was a lap ahead and Passino and Cowley went down and took the lap away. [7], Once again there was rain at the April testing weekend. We weren't sure who had won initially. A shocked and dismayed Denis Hulme and Ken Miles enjoy a glass of champagne on the winner’s stand, as Bruce McLaren (far left) and Chris Amon (far right) enjoy the victor’s laurels. [28][27][38], After 6 hours, heavy rain was pouring down. Jacque Passino – Special Vehicle Division, Ford Motor Company: “I guess that 1966 will always be remembered for the huge controversy that was created by the arranged finish. A close examination of the official ACO scoring records of the Miles / Hulme car, of which I have copies, does not indicate that any lap was ever deleted from the final tally of laps run during the race. 6. [20] Last minute raindrops caused a flurry of tyre changes and some cars switched from Firestone to Goodyear or Dunlop. It’s the perfect complement to a re-watch of last year’s box-office, Academy Award-winning hit! Baime titled "Go Like Hell"—the words shouted by Bruce McLaren to Chris Amon as they drove to their famous victory. Bruce McLaren prepares to leave the pits after his car’s final pit stop is completed. But Beebe pushed on with his plan anyway. [14][15], Ferrari's response to the Mk II was the new Ferrari 330 P3. Carroll Shelby: “In 1966, Ford didn’t cost Ken Miles the race at Le Mans, I did, and I regret it to this day. Phil Hill, in the Chaparral, broke up the Ford-Ferrari procession in 10th. 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. They ran a good race and did what we had told them to do.”. The 1966 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most important races in Ford’s history. My job was to know all of those things, but I wasn’t consulted when the decision was being discussed.”. They wanted the headlines to read Ford Wins Le Mans, not Miles Becomes The First to Sweep Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans. 2. No one in England would believe me. This heavy cotton tee has the classic cotton look and feel. [27] Another competitor in the small prototypes was ASA. Ken Miles, right, and Carroll Shelby deep in conversation at the 1966 Le Mans event Credit: Getty - Contributor “He was a promoter, the one who … While repairing the damage, officials told the team that they were disqualified for Thompson leaving the scene of a major accident. The Ford-France and Essex cars had already retired with engine issues during the night.[29]. It was the final minutes of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the race was Ford's to lose.After a long, difficult development and a year's worth of … As it turned out McLaren's #2 car crossed the finish line just ahead and was declared the winner. 3. 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. 1. Siffert/Davis were leading a train of Porsches in 7th and the nearest Ferrari was the Bandini/Guichet P3 limping in 12th. This still posed a problem for Ford as they were lacking spare drivers, with injuries with A.J. "[46] Beebe also later admitted he had been annoyed with Miles racing Gurney, disregarding team orders by potentially risking the cars' endurance. The race became the subject of a 2009 book, detailing the race and the famous background rivalry between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II, by A.J. [7][8][9][10] The big 7-litre engine now put out 475 bhp. This strategy fell apart when our tires started losing treads early in the race and we lost considerable time. When I showed this quotation to Carroll Smith and asked for his opinion, he told me “Bob Negstad is one of the most truthful people that I have ever known.” Bob died shortly after this interview was conducted and many of us feel that it was a dying declaration to see justice finally done for his good friend, Ken Miles. The third was a quiet though significant entry: Jacques Dewes, ever the pioneering privateer, brought the first Porsche 911 to Le Mans. 7. Foyt, won handily. Carroll Shelby: “In 1966, Ford didn’t cost Ken Miles the race at Le Mans, I did, and I regret it to this day. The quickest Alpine in practice was Toivonen/Jansson (4:20.1), well ahead of the best CD (Ogier/Laurent 4:27.5) and the Austin-Healey's (4:45.1) and ASAs (4:49.8). Did Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon really win the 1966 race at Le Mans, or did Ken Miles and Denny Hulme win, and have the race stolen away from them in a political move that was well beyond their control? Holman & Moody, the successful Ford NASCAR race team was brought on board to race another trio – for Mark Donohue/Paul Hawkins, Ronnie Bucknum/Dick Hutcherson, and Lucien Bianchi/Mario Andretti. 24h le mans. [21], Porsche came with a new model – the 906 designed by the team led by Ferdinand Piëch. [26] The final finisher was the little Mini Marcos. Miles/Hulme were leading, followed by McLaren/Amon holding station on the same lap. In 1929, Miles began riding a 350cc Trials Special Triumph bike, resulting in a crash that broke his nose and the loss of three teeth, but Miles persevered and fixed up an 1100-cc Salmson motorcycle. The ostensible villain of the first half of Ford v Ferrari: the Scuderia Ferrari … An open-cockpit variant was given to the North American Racing Team (NART) for Pedro Rodriguez/Richie Ginther. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. The final stop for the Miles / Hulme Ford finds Carroll Shelby (far right) telling Ken Miles and Denis Hulme of the decision to have a blanket finish. [14][11][20], A notable absentee at the test weekend was the Ferrari works team. Ferrari seems to abruptly show Ken Miles' deadly car crash. Meanwhile, Miles had been putting in extremely fast laps, breaking the lap record and getting back up to 5th place. Ferrari found the production requirement for homologating the P4 under Group 4 daunting and withdrew from competition in the sport-racer classes. That was absolute bullshit. Without a doubt, the most famous version of the Ford GT40 Mk II was the one piloted by Ken Miles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. In hindsight, we probably should have done it differently, but we were trying to control our destiny and insure a Ford win and we did just that.”. He said ‘Just keep it on the road Hutch.’ Ken Miles and them guys drove those cars faster in the rain than they did in the dry, but I’d never driven a race in the rain before. Ginther was 5th in the fastest Ferrari with a 3:33.0, with Parkes and Bandini in 7th and 8th respectively. We all wanted Ken to win Le Mans after his successes at Daytona and Sebring because he would have been the first to win all three of those races in one year. [40] The ACO told him this would not be possible — given the staggered starting formation, the #2 car would have covered 20 metres further, and thus be the race winner. [4], As Group 7 were ineligible for FIA events, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) opened its entry list to Group 3, 4 and 6. 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. The only other source that might have revealed any possibility of an irregularity in the scoring would have been the official Shelby American scorers. Meet The 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II That Won Le Mans For America ... Ken Miles, Bruce Mclaren, and Chris Amon, Ford Total Performance was born … 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.’ “. I leaned over and told him ‘I don’t know what they told you, but you won’t be fired for winning Le Mans.’ He would never talk about it after the race was over and we were the best of friends.”, John Collins – Shelby Team Mechanic: “After Carroll talked to Ken during the final pit stop, I heard Ken say, in a loud voice, ‘So ends my contribution to this bloody motor race,’’ and he threw his sunglasses across the pit.”. [33][34][20] Miles had to pit after the first lap to fix his door after colliding with Whitmore's Ford at the start. This year a new customer team, the Ecurie Savin-Calberson was supported by Alpine, with former Index winner Roger Delageneste. The other Porsches came in 4th to 7th led by Siffert/Davis, who also claimed the Index of Performance. Le Mans 1966 would be one of Miles’ final races. Ken told me that, in spite of any Ford decision, he wasn’t going to finish second.”. [12] One of the big improvements Holman & Moody brought with them was a quick-change brakepad system to save time in the pits. 12. [14][41][47], In a race of attrition it was fortunate the big teams brought such quantity – only 3 of the 13 Fords finished and only the two GTs finished from the 14 Ferraris entered. However, the crash did not stop him, and he soon recovered from his i… We called Ken in and slowed him down so that Bruce and Chris would win. I think that they deserved to win. [16][8][17], NART also entered a long-tailed P2, rebodied by Piero Drogo and driven by last year's winner Masten Gregory with Bob Bondurant. He did his two laps, his first ever at Le Mans on raceday morning to qualify. However three langheck (long-tail) prototypes were also entered by the works team, driven by Hans Herrmann/Herbert Linge, Jo Siffert/Colin Davis and Udo Schütz/Peter de Klerk. They joined Ford France, Scuderia Filipinetti and new privateers Scuderia Bear and Essex Wire. Ford v. Ferrari tells the story of Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles and their work to help Ford win Le Mans. The biggest news was the walkout of Ferrari's lead driver John Surtees. Ken Miles: “I took my time at the start and did up my belts, something the faster starters failed to do. 11. The 5.3L small block put out 420 bhp and had a semi-automatic transmission. Ken Miles is besieged by spectators seeking autographs, and press and photographers wanting to know what happened at the finish. American Walt Hansgen's Ford hit water on the pit straight and aquaplaned. When Ferrari was able to enter a homologated car for 1970, the class they competed in was dominated by the Porsche 917. Such was the interest in Group 6 there were 43 prototypes on the starting grid and only 3 GT cars: After 2 years of its 3-year program, Ford had very little to show for its immense investment. We didn’t want to risk those guys crashing each other or breaking the cars. Taken with critical injuries to the American military hospital at Orléans, he died five days later. 13. ... you know that the winner of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans … 24/10/2019 - 17:01 Sam Smith, Adam Carolla's 'The 24 Hour War' Is a Car Movie by Car People That Isn't Just for Car People, Road and Track, Jan. 18, 2017.[60]. But their race preparation had been limited by strike action in Italy. : “I wanted Ford to win. Length in 28.51 29.49 30.52 31.5 32.52. [22] It was race-proven too, after winning the Targa Florio the month before. The year after that, they won a third time. Ken Miles, a racer who at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hour had already won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona, was driving a Ford GT40 MkII alongside Denny Hulme. At 9am the Gurney/Grant car, which had been dicing for the lead with Miles & Hulme (against strict team orders), retired from 1st when the car blew a headgasket. They all said Le Mans is different, Le Mans is a car breaker and you can’t beat Ferrari there. I looked at Leo Beebe and said ‘What do you think ought to happen Leo?’ He said ‘ I don’t know, I’d kind of like to see all three of them cross the finish line together.’, Leo Beebe did not tell me what to say or do so I said: ‘Oh hell, let’s do it that way then,’ not knowing that the French would interpret the rules the way that they did. Joining Skip Scott, team owner of the Essex Wire team, was a 21-year old Jacky Ickx in his Le Mans debut.[29][30]. In 1929, when he was 11 years old, he started riding a “350cc Trials Special Triumph bike.” Once, while riding the bike, he met with an accident and broke his nose and three teeth. [30] The official Ford press release, erroneously dated 7/5/1966 (possibly US-style dating: July 5th 1966), claims: .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, The McLaren-Amon and the Miles-Hulme cars were running within seconds of each other as the race neared its end, with the Bucknum-Hutcherson car hanging back as insurance. We finished fifth. With Shelby now fully concentrated on the Ford program, the Cobra GTs were abandoned. He aimed for the escape road at the end of the straight, not realising it was blocked by a sandbank, which he hit at about 190 km/h (120 mph). Ferrari took the Manufacturers' title for 1967, edging up-and-coming Porsche by two points. The race became the subject of a 2009 book, detailing the race and the famous background rivalry between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II, by A.J. Then Schlesser's Matra ran into the CD of Georges Heligouin avoiding the accident. At the age of 15, in 1933, he met his future wife Mollie and purchased an Austin 7 Special that she p… "[51], Rumors of a movie adaptation of the book, an Amazon best seller,[52] circulated from 2013 to 2015. [31], Finally, in a subcompetition of its own, there was the tire race between Firestone, Dunlop, and Goodyear. Few rivalries are as famous or as delightfully petty as the one between Ford and … 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. It was rumoured that Miles, upset about the team orders, lifted off to allow McLaren to finish a length ahead. [15][19] At the end of the first lap Ford's cars led – Hill ahead of Gurney then Bucknum, Parkes in the Ferrari, followed by Whitmore's Ford, the Chaparral, then the GT40s of Scott and Rindt. The resulting warpath employed everyone from Bruce McLaren to Carroll Shelby and Indy 500 legend A.J. Ken followed his directions to the letter. "What happened to the movie adaptation of "Go Like Hell? American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. With the 2.0L flat-6 engine from the 911, it had recently been homologated for Group 4 with the requisite 50 cars. Taken from Quentin Spurring's book, officially licensed by the ACO, As calculated after Le Mans, Round 4 of 4[65], This article is about the race. ShareFacebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Email. Phil Remington talks to a very distraught Ken Miles, as a less than happy Bruce McLaren (foreground) contemplates the Ford-ordered blanket finish. Ken Miles was to run second and lap one to two seconds slower than Gurney, while Bruce McLaren was to run third and lap between 3:41.0 and 3:42.0. We were all under the distinct impression that, despite the finish, that we were a lap ahead at the end.”. Results taken from Quentin Spurring's book, officially licensed by the ACO[61] Class Winners are in Bold text. It had taken three attempts for Ford to win Indianapolis and the NASCAR Championship, and now it added the Le Mans 24 Hours. [28], The new Group 4 category started attracting interest as the earlier prototypes were meeting the homologation and production requirements. A decision was made in the Ford pits to have the cars finish side by side in what hopefully would be considered a dead heat. [55], A 2016 documentary film, produced and directed by Americans Nate Adams[56] and comedian Adam Carolla,[57] features the Le Mans rivalry between Ferrari and Ford. That was my fuck up, I take full responsibility for it, and I’m very sorry for it because, as you know, Ken was killed at Riverside two months later. Fact: There really was a company in Italy named Ferrari that made excellent and fast sports … He was supported by Huschke von Hanstein who was prepared to withdraw the Porsche team as well. [14] Two months later, Ken Miles died at Riverside while testing the next generation Ford GT40 J-Car, which became the MkIV that won Le Mans in 1967. Shelby ran three cars himself for Americans Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant, Miles was now paired with New Zealander Denny Hulme after Ruby had been injured in a plane crash a month earlier.
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