Articles tagged Ken Miles

Page 68 of December 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, December 2014

Feast of endurance

Synonymous with Gulf, GT40s, 917s and Le Mans wins, JW Automotive is a racing legend. We spoke to director John Horsman about life under ‘Death Ray’ John Wyer and the racing heritage underpinning the team’s successes Writer: Simon Arron There had been no job advertised, but he applied for one anyway. At the time John Horsman was an engineering student at Cambridge and often spent his weekends...

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Book reviews

Ken Miles by Art Evans ISBN 0 9705073 3 Published by Photo Data Research, $49 It was clear to all who watched that Ken Miles could race. He was better still as a test driver. But it was also clear to all who met him that he was always honest, in a brutal sort of way. Commendably, family friend Art Evans’ book doesn’t hide from that. There are contributions from those who met Ken, from when...

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Reviews: Books

Paramount Ranch rememberedby Art Evans. ISBN 0-9705073-7-2. Published by Photo Data Research. £22.99 Subtitled 'a Scrapbook', this cheerful assemblage relates the history of one of the first purpose-built US circuits, a hilly figure-8 near Santa Monica. Evans, already author of several books on Fifties sportscar racing and a competitor himself, has collated magazine and newspaper reports,...

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All work no playboy

Forty years have passed since the sport lost one of its most misunderstood – and underrated – talentsWriter Andrew Frankel I’d known about the autobiography of Peter Revson for years, but never felt inclined to read it. Revson’s was a supporting role on the global motor racing stage: not a bit part for sure, but he was certainly no superstar either. Besides, Revson only got that far thanks to...

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Sebring 12-hour Race

Sebring, Florida, March 26th. The Constructors' World Championship for GT cars and Prototypes has been retained by Ferrari for the last six years, with no other manufacturer really in the running. However, this year Fords seem to be going to put a stop to this. At Daytona the works Fords gave a demonstration of high-speed efficiency which gave them the first three places. It was argued that the...

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Ford Victory in Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona Beach, Sunday, 6th February. The first race in the 1966 Manufacturers G.T. Championship was held on the road/track circuit at Daytona Beach in Florida. This year's Continental had been extended to a full 24-hour race with a line-up of 60 cars. The circuit makes use of all but a few yards of the banked stock car track with 1.3 miles of artificial infield flat turns giving a total length of...

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Californian hot

Bill Krause On his day he beat Moss, Gurney and Brabham. He was first to race an AC Cobra, and he had a F1 offer. So why haven't we heard of him? Willem Oosthoek explains Bill Krause had the potential to be a world-class race driver. Everybody thought so. Said so. Yet, beyond an ageing generation of Californian sportscar fans, his name is virtually unknown today. Bad luck, wrong choices (although...

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289 Shelby Team Car

This was the whole point of the Cobra exercise – a light chassis bulging with bhp which would thrash GM’s Corvette at home and Ferrari’s GTs around europe. the early Cobras may have the ‘small’ V8 – only 4.7 litres – but these team cars, now fitted with rack and pinion steering, would dominate the domestic USRRC scene for three years, in a way the later 7-litre cars never did. One of six cars...

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News: Ford success

Ford conquers Le Mans During the last half-hour the two Shelby cars closed up together, Ken Miles waiting for Bruce McLaren, who had lost the lead during the final pitstops for refuelling, and the light-blue and black 7-litre Fords circulated quietly together, gathering up the gold car of Ronnie Bucknum as they began what was obviously going to be their final lap and a thoroughly deserved victory...

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Weighing up the evidence

After donkey’s years of squirrelling material away it sometimes comes as a real surprise to unearth something quite forgotten. This happened when I found the Fiches des Characteristiques de la Voiture for the Le Mans 24-Hour races of 1965 and ’66. Ooh, I thought, this might put some cats amongst the pigeons with chassis numbers recorded at the time by the scrutineers. Wrong. While there’s a...

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