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Ford GT40 & GT Ultimate Portfolio 1964-2006 Paperback – May 1, 2007
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There have been many excellent recent books on the GT40, but it's fun to read the original source material written by automotive magazine journalists at the time Ford first challenged Ferrari for supremacy on the world's race tracks, culminating with four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966-69.
For anyone who was a racing fan in the 1960s -- or a student of that era today -- this is an enjoyable addition to your bookshelf.
The magazine articles are first-hand accounts of the design and development of GT40s as reported at the time, the various problems encountered on the track (mostly aerodynamic and unnecessary technology) and how they were solved. When Carroll Shelby assumed control, the cars were further refined, updated, and given more powerful engines. In Shelby’s hands the Ford GT40s began doing what they were intended to do—beat Ferrari. The biggest prize, and Ford’s primary objective, was to win the Le Mans 24-Hour, which after two years of trying, the company did, in 1966 and ’67. Ford then pulled out of racing. Englishman John Wyer continued with the GT40 (now in 5-liter form, in compliance with new FIA regulations, and now equipped freer-breathing Gurney-Weslake cylinder heads) and won Le Mans twice more, in 1968 and ’69, giving Ford four-straight Le Mans victories.
Several of the articles published in 1964 mention Ford’s use of computers to aid with suspension design.Read more ›
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Impressive collections of archived articles documenting the development of this world beater champion. A great add to any aitomotive library.Published 11 months ago by Wright Sublette