Articles tagged Len Bailey

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Driver opinions

Only two men have driven works-built 131 and Escort in the relevant period : Björn Waldegård and Simo Lampinen. Lampinen: 'The Escort was fantastic, a real joy. You could do 20 things wrong and still get it back each time. It was a natural oversteerer. So long as you could turn the wheel, you were okay. And the engine was unbelievable. "The Fiat was more of a racing car. It helped to be really...

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Safir GT40 -- an evolution

There is a whole range of adjectives to describe cars that aren't quite what they seem: fakes, replicas, re-creations and inspirations are just a few of the descriptions. But like the Autokraft AC MkIV that we drove and described a couple of months ago, the Safir GT40 answers none of these appellations. It is, if you like, a genuine evolution of the Ford GT40, developed for limited production and...

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Fifteen minutes of fame: Fuel speed ahead

EMKA: Le Mans 24 hours - June 15-16, 1985 Porsche blitzed Lancia by taking the first five places,but for a short while both were headed by a privateer car designed and built in Surrey. Gary Watkins explains There waswas only one built and it did just six races in a stop-start career spanning three years, but the EMKA really did achieve its 15 minutes of fame. For that was how long, give or take...

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Surprise new sporting Ford

The Ford Motor Company caused quite a stir at the Brussels Show last month when they unveiled a new mid-engined two-seater sports prototype which must have sent a shiver down the spines of a lot of the specialist manufacturers. The attractively-styled car, called the GT70, is, say Ford, the next logical step in the company's wide and successful international competition programme. At present...

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Len Bailey Len Bailey, whose DFVpowered JW Automotive Gulf Mirage G R8 design won the 1975 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx, died on June 23, aged 68. An influential figure in Ford sportscar circles '60s, Bailey developed the GT40. JW's evolution of the car won Le Mans in 1968 with Rodriguez/ Bianchi and 1969 with Ickx and Oliver. Bailey's sleek Ford F3L, built around...

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Mann of the decade

His career was confined to the 1960s but what an era it was, with Alan Mann acting as a lynchpin in Ford’s competition drive By Richard Heseltine It holds true in broad outline that the closer you get to the truth, the more the legend evaporates. Racer-turned-entrant Alan Mann has just skewered an eminent figure of ’60s motor sport, outlining how he was caught with his fingers in the corporate...

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The worst car I ever drove

Lavender Blues The Lotus 79 provided Mario Andretti with the Zenith of his career, but his all-time low was the pink honker - a pig that kept trying to fly Mario Andretti has raced so many cars, over a career that stretches back four decades, that you might expect him to hesitate over the question of which was the worst. In fact, the answer comes quickly. "That's easy, it was the Honker," says...

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Veteran to Classic - Ford GTD 40 MkII

Ersatz Character I must confess I am confused. Do they offend, or are they an acceptable substitute? Should one turn one's nose up at them, or is that an unreasonably snobbish attitude? Do they devalue the real thing or does their existence heighten the awareness of the real McCoy? In case you have not guessed, I am referring to replicas. Of all the different variations there are in the classic/...

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To F3L and back

It had the best engine, a proven design team, prime drivers. Ford's blessing, and it looked sensational. How could the F3L fail? To preface this article with some anecdote or little-known historical fact would be to miss the crux of the Ford F3L. Twenty-seven years ago, the mechanics at the Byfleet-based Alan Mann Racing Limited wheeled out, by my way of thinking, the most beautiful racing car to...

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A fragile beauty

Ford F3L looked for all the world a winner. The project, however, ended in ignominy after a string of retirements. Paul Fearnley drives it at Spa and explains why it fell short Jacky Ickx: 23, Handsome and quick, cocksure and confident, reclines low and sleek in his 'lightweight' JWA-run Ford GT40 as it pounds the Masta Straight No-one can touch him around here. Some say he's running a bit crazy...



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