Ford Shelby Le Mans 1966 Ken Miles
Later that year the driver died testing a new experimental ford in california after the vehicle flipped at 150 mph.
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. Le mans 1966 would be one of miles final races. 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. In the battle between ford and ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966 there are a lot of icons.
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. Finally in august 1966 shelby american resumed testing and development work with miles. 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. 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.
Le mans and the marriage of ford and shelby american ensured. The pair had inherited victory from fellow ford driver ken miles in car no1 who had earlier pulled out a lead of. 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. Ford dominated the le mans 24 hours race in 1966 winning it for the first time and taking all the podium places with its updated mkii and stellar driver line up but instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued.
Ken miles and denny hulme were meant to be the official first place winners of the race except they were ordered.
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