Ford Wins Le Mans 1966
After six years of ferrari dominance.
Ford wins le mans 1966. Ford dominated the le mans 24 hours race in 1966 winning it for the first time and taking all the podium places with its updated mkii and stellar driver line up. How eccentric british engineer teddy teabag played by christian bale in a new hollywood movie helped ford beat ferrari in epic 1966 race ken miles. Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as all three ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine.
This was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor. From army tank commander to le mans legend. In spite of almost 50 years passing since the 1 2 3 win at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966 the ford gt40 remains one of the most legendary race cars. After 50 years the 66 le mans winning ford gt40 is reborn 4 photos it was in 1966 when ford had a feud with ferrari after a failed attempt to buy the italian racing empire.
But there s some additional drama in the. The 24 hours of le mans 24 heures du mans is the world s oldest sports car endurance race and one of the most famous and influential in motorsports history. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish. The race has been run every year since its inception with the exception of 1936 when the race was not run due to worker strikes and 1940 to 1948 due to world war ii.
But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. The overall winners of all events since 1923 are listed here. Ford s first wins at the 24 hours of le mans and the 12 hours of sebring it was fifty years ago that ford scored its first 24 hours of le mans victory bringing ferrari s dominance to an end with a conclusive 1 2 3 sweep. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
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