Ford Shelby Le Mans 1966 Ken Miles
Ken miles left talks to carroll shelby in the pits during the 1966 le mans race.
Ford shelby le mans 1966 ken miles. Not only did he develop the gt40 he also won the daytona and sebring 24 hour races driving a ford in 1966. Ford s first two defeats at le mans in 1964 and 65 were overseen by another persnickety brit john pappy wyer shelby s former boss on aston martin s racing team but pappy did get. In the battle between ford and ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966 there are a lot of icons. Ford v ferrari known as le mans 66 in the uk and other territories is a sports drama film distributed by 20th century fox based on the rivalry between ford and ferrari for dominance at le mans directed by james mangold starring matt damon and christian bale in the roles of carroll shelby and ken miles respectively the film was released on 15 november 2019.
A good chunk of james mangold s ford v ferrari is devoted to a diligent recreation of the 1966 24 hours of le mans race and it all leads to a climax that if you don t know anything. Ken miles and denny hulme were meant to be the official first place winners of the race except they were ordered. Le mans 1966 would be one of miles final races. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of.
Ken miles came with him. Ken miles the unsung hero of le mans 1966 gets a dig in at ford central press hulton archive getty images the winners podium at the 24 hours of le mans france on june 19 1966. After the death of walt hansgen in a j car ford while testing at le mans in april the decision was made to shelve the j car and focus on the proven mk iis and little development was done for the rest of the 1966 world sports car championship season. Ferrari miles son peter who idolizes his dad is there on august 16 1966 at the riverside raceway along with carroll shelby to work on the experimental ford j car that is being developed so.
Le mans and the marriage of ford and shelby american ensured.
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