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    Ford v Ferrari


    The start of the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans. Having waved the starting flag, Henry Ford II (first suit on the left) hustles across the track while the drivers spring to their cars.(Photo: Ford)


    Ken Miles was Shelby's competition director. A successful US racer, he was thrust into the international limelight as the Ford GT40's chief engineer and driver.(Photo: Ford)


    The winning #2 Ford GT40, right, and second-place #1 car, left, in the Le Mans pits prior to the 1966 race.(Photo: Ford)


    The contract drawn up by Ford to merge Ford and Ferrari in 1963. Enzo Ferrari's signature never appeared on the bottom line.(Photo: Ford Archives, Ford)


    The finish of the 1966 Le Mans race. The #1 and #2 Ford GT40s crossed the line ahead of the #5 car - though Ford wanted the #1 car driven by Miles/Hume to win, the #2 car of McLaren/Amon was awarded first because it started further back on the grid. Ford Archives, Ford



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    So I went to see the Ford v Ferrari movie yesterday and it's a good flick, but it does butcher history pretty good, not to mention the racing footage was pretty hokey to anyone that has buckled their ass into a race car before, but it's still a must see movie.

    An acquaintance of mine wrote the following review on the movie for the Detroit News, which I thought was a pretty good... enjoy the movie and the short article below...

    Track-side at Road Atlanta where Ford’s blindingly quick 2019 GT race car was competing in October, I asked Ford performance chief Mark Rushbrook if his company had contributed to the “Ford v Ferrari” movie that's opening this weekend.

    “We had nothing to do with it,” replied the man who oversees Ford racing. “I hope the Ford still wins.”

    The rest of his review is here....

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/op...ri/2567859001/

    And here's the movie trailer....


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    I did get to meet Carroll Shelby a couple times in my life and he always took the time to talk with you. The last time I saw him was with Shauna, my new bride, in 1996 at the Indy car race in Las Vegas. We walked over to his race shop, which is next door to LVMS, after Indy practice and Shelby happened to be there. I still have a picture he signed for us that day hanging in my home office. Shelby was in extremely poor health at the time as this was just before his kidney transplant. At the time I don't think Shauna actually understood who the old guy in the wheelchair I was star struck by actually was... hahaha... anyhoo, because of all that the movie was a little extra special for me.

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    Was there in 96 as well.

    Good friend was the contractor in charge of reinforcing steel.

    He had 2 rows on the start finish line.(pole)

    First and only time we got trapped in the exodus--I believe well over an hour to get out of parking lot.

    seems like the turn 4 seats weren't completed in time for this race.
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    At the 96 Indy car race a lot of things were not finished at the track. The worst was the concession stands and drinking fountains were not in. All food and drink was sold through food trucks. It was a miserably hot day and the food trucks, in the best Vegas tradition, were charging $5 to $10 for a bottle of water. Medical was overwhelmed with cases of hypothermia and heat exhaustion. The place was packed as all the contractors who had worked on the track got free tickets.

    Pro Tip - whenever you go to a race you want to sit in either turn 1 or 4 as that is where all the action happens. You also want your seats as high up as you can get them. We carry radio scanners so we can monitor all the driver to spotter action. I program each car into the scanner so the car number matches the channel number. Then I set the scanner for 3 to 5 drivers I want to listen to. Robby Gordon was always a favorite as he pretty much was none stop talking during a race and you always knew everything that was happening with his team.

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    If you've seen the Ford v Ferrari film about Le Mans 1966, here's what happened there a year later – and it's just as intriguing a story!

    As told by Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt – find out more.

    https://www.motorsport.com/lemans/ne...-gt40/4603062/

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    First Shelby Cobra sells for $17.7-million, priciest American car ever

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/glob...ticle31505484/


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