The uncredited force behind the Ford GT40 story

by Web Editor on 6th November 2019

Ford eventually achieved its coveted Le Mans victory in its battle with Ferrari. Its GT40 Mk II was the machine to do it

Ford GT40 Mk II

Ford's 7-litre MkII would finally dethrone Ferrari at Le Mans with a dominant one-two finish at the 1966 event

With Bruce McLaren controversially leading home Ken Miles in a botched publicity opportunity, Henry Ford's ambition of beating Ferrari at European racing's premier event was finally accomplished.

The GT40 project culminated in victory for McLaren and Chris Amon, but the journey to victory started long before the start of Ford's victory year.

In this month's edition, Motor Sport takes a closer look at the GT40 project and in particular the runner-up in the '66 race, Ken Miles.

Pivotal to the development of the Shelby Cobra and the GT40, Miles' story from life in the British Army to La Sarthe is remarkable as much as it is overlooked, with his contributions vital to the winning of Le Mans.

Exclusive shots of the GT40 Mk II by Motor Sport can be found below and you can delve deeper into the story of Miles' Le Mans journey in the December issue.


Read the full feature in the December issue of Motor Sport Magazine.


December 2019
Ford vs Ferrari: The Le Mans '66 Film Special



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