GT40’s – 1966

1966 – Success at last

 

At the start of the year several changes were made, not least Shelby now shared the actual racing duties with other teams, primarily Holman & Moody and Alan Mann, FAV also entering a car at Sebring and Daytona. Shelby continued to construct their Mark II cars using Abbey panels chassis and FAV propietry parts for themselves and Holman & Moody. Holman & Moody did carry out their own Race Prep.

 

Alan Mann constructed their own vehicles using aluminium bodies, in the process savig 120lb and creating what was far and away the quickest 289 Cui engine GT40 at the time. Ford management decided pre Le Mans that efforts should be concentrated on the Mark II and the two AMGT’s were sold and raced privately. Alan Mann built three Mark II vehicles and they were entered at Le Mans.

 

During the later half of 1965 Bruce McLaren racing, the then new business had started work on experimental Alloy Abbey panels chassis in his race shop in the USA and had modified the car and built it up into a Mark I – 427 Cui spec. racer. Amon raced the car in some American events and after handing the car over to Shelby USA for full Mark II race preparation it was entered for Sebring with Miles/ Ruby at the wheel and promptly won. This was another GT40 variant that with more preparation and testing could easily have been successful.

 

The most important development in 1966 was the beginning of the J – car/ Mark IV program, on the 25th June 1965 Roy Lunn had recommended that Ford design and build a GT40 variant to full Appendix J specifications. In October the project was given the go-ahead and Ed Hull of Kar Kraft started to deisgn a car that was to be built by the Brunswick Aircraft Corporation from Honeycombed Aluminium sheets. The benefits of this car were to the 300lb weight saving over the Mark II and the much improved aerodynamics. By March 1966 the new J car was nearing completion and began testing, later attending the Le Mans test days where McLaren and Amon both did quick laps in the car. Again it was decided to stop development for Le Mans both because of a poor test session at Riverside and the need to concentrate on the Mark II’s. In August the testing began again before Ken Miles had a terrible accident and was killed wrecking the J car. Faith in the J- car was such that the team continued to develop the cars and they were to be the force of 1967.

 

Meanwhile production cars had started to leave the factory in late 1965 and by early 1966 there were many being raced on both sides of the Atlantic, enough so that the minimum production requirements of 50 needed to qualify for Group 4 had been met. This meant that the standard GT40 could be raced as a GT rather than GT/Prototype or Prototype and this drove more sales. FAV and John Wyer had also been working on building road cars and the first of these were sold in 1966 and although explosive in style and performance never sold in huge numbers being somewhat impractical.

 

The Team

 

Teams

 

Alan Mann

FAV

Holman & Moody

Shelby

 

Drivers

 

Chris Amon 1966 Le Mans Winner

Mario Andretti Formula 1 1979 Champion & Indy 1969 Winner

Lucien Bianchi Le Mans 1968 Winner

Ronnie Bucknum

Mark Donohue Indy 500 1972 Winner

AJ Foyt Indy 500 1961, 1964, 1967 & 1977 Winner, Le Mans 1967 Winner

Frank Gardner

Richie Ginther

Jerry Grant

Bob Grossman

Dan Gurney Le Mans 1967 Winner

Walt Hansgen

Paul Hawkins

Graham Hill Formula 1 1962 & 1968 Champion & Le Mans 1972 Winner

Dennis Hulme Formula 1 1967 Champ

Dick Hutcherson

Innes Ireland

Bruce McLaren 1966 Le Mans Winner

Ken Miles

Brian Muir

Tom Payne

Lloyd Ruby

Jackie Stewart Formula 1 1969, 1971 & 1973 Champion

Peter Sutcliffe

John Whitmore

 

Status of cars extant in 1966 (up to Le Mans)

 

GT/103 – Bill Wonder USA

GT/104 – Ford Styling Dept.  USA

GT/105 – FAV UK

GT/106 Mark II – Stripped chassis in storage at Shelby USA

GT/108 Roadster – in storage at Shelby USA

GT/109 Roadster – in storage at Shelby USA

GT/110X-1 Roadster – Shelby USA

GT/111 Roadster – in storage UK

GT/112 Roadster – Peter Sutcliffe UK

#1000 – Comstock Canada (Destroyed at Sebring)

#1001 – FAV & Essex Wire UK

#1002 – F. English Ltd. UK

#1003 – Guy Ligier/ Ford France

#1004 – in storage at FAV UK

#1005 – Terry Drury UK

#1006 – Terry Drury UK

#1007 – Ford France

#1008 – Ford UK as a show car

#1009 – Peter Sutcliffe UK

#1010 – Essex Wire UK

#1011 Mark II – Shelby USA
#1012 Mark II – Shelby USA

#1013 – FAV UK as a show car

#1014 – Karl Richardson UK

#1015 Mark II – Shelby USA

#1016 Mark II – Shelby USA > Holman & Moody USA

#1017 – F. English UK

#1018 – in storage at Shelby USA

#1019 – Alan Mann UK > in storage at Shelby USA

#1020 – Ford USA as a show car

#1021 – Nick Cussons UK

#1022 – Nick Cuthbert UK

#1023 – Chassis only with Alan Mann UK

#1024 – Al Whatley USA

#1025 – Shelby USA > FAV UK uncompleted

#1026 – Essex Wire USA

#1027 – Ford USA > MGM USA

#1028 – Ford USA Road Spec.

#1029 – William McKelvy USA

#1030 – Shelby USA > FAV UK uncompleted

#1031 Mark II – Shelby USA > Holman & Moody USA

#1032 Mark II – Shelby USA > Holman & Moody USA

#1033 – Scuderia Filipinetti Switzerland

#1034 – James Fielding UK Road Spec.

#1035 – Shelby USA > FAV UK uncompleted

#1036 – Shelby USA > FAV UK uncompleted

#1037 – Comstock Canada

#1038 – Essex Wire UK

#1039 – Scuderia Filipinetti Switzerland

#1040 – Scuderia Filipinetti Switzeland

#1043 – Heeresperger USA Road Spec.

#1044 – Julian Moulton France Road Spec.

#1046 Mark II – Shelby USA

#1047 Mark II – Shelby USA

#1048 – Umberto Maglioli/ Scuderia Brescia Corse Italy

#1049 – Grady Davis USA Road/ Race Spec.

#1050 – General Motors USA Road Spec.

#AMGT-1 – Alan Mann Racing UK

#AMGT-2 – Alan Mann Racing UK

#XGT-1 Mark II – Alan Mann Racing UK

#XGT-2 Mark II – Alan Mann Racing UK

#XGT-3 Mark II – Alan Mann Racing UK

#J-1 J – car – Kar Kraft USA > Shelby USA

 

5th – 6th February 1966 – Daytona 24 Hours

 

The first round of the 1966 championship, the Daytona 24 Hours was held in the usually sunny climes of Daytona Beach, Florida although in 1966 the weather was to prove surprisingly fiskle. Ferrari had decided to not enter, leaving their proxies to enter what was now out of date equipment. Against this Ford had a full entry of cars that were now fully tested and looked like simply rolling over the opposition. Shelby was now joined by Holman & Moody as works entrants and they had 5 Mark II’s between them. Chaparral had the very quick new 2D Coupe for Jo Bonnier/ Phil Hill and several Sports GT40’s and 2 Litre Porsche’s provided colour.

 

Grid Top 10 –

 

1 – K. Miles/ L. Ruby                                                        2 – J. Bonnier/ P. Hill

Ford GT40 MkII #1015                                                    Chaparral 2D #001

1:57:8                                                                                    1:58:0

 

3 – W. Hansgen/ M. Donohue                                   4 – P. Rodriguez/ M. Andretti

Ford GT40 MkII #1012                                                    Ferrari 365P2/3 #0838

1:58:2                                                                                    1:59:2

 

5 – L. Bianchi/ G. von Ophem                                      6 – R. Ginther/ R. Bucknum

Ferrari 365P2/3 #0828                                                    Ford GT40 MkII #1016

2:00:2                                                                                    2:01:6

 

7 – C. Amon/ B. McLaren                                              8 – G. Follmer/ D. Wester/ P. Hawkins

Ford GT40 #1011                                                              Ferrari 250LM #5901

2:01:6                                                                                    2:03:2

 

9 – D. Hulme/ V. Wilson                                                                10 – R. Thompson/ S. Scott

Ferrari 250LM #5907                                                       Ford GT40 #1026

2:03:8                                                                                    2:04:0

 

 

Sure enough Bonnier in the very fast Chaparral led the first lap before dropping back and later suffering suspension and steering issues, retiring with a broken wheel. On lap 2 Ken Miles took the lead and apart from the first pit stop never relinquished their stranglehold over the race eventually winning by 8 laps. The other Mark II’s fought over second and third with Ginther/ Bucknum retiring mid race after breaking their gearbox and Amon/ McLaren dropping back with falling oil pressure.

The usual gearbox maladies hit many of the GT40’s but most made it to the end. Behind the GT40 steamroller, the NART entered 365P2/3 came 4th but some 14 laps behind the winner and the new Porsche 906 finished 6th after a quiet race.  This processional race would have made Ford management very happy and excited for their prospects in ’66.

 

GT40

 

#GT/103 – Wonder/ Wetanson (Wonder) – Retired (Wheel)

#GT/105 – Sutcliffe/ Grossman (FAV) – 14th

#1010(I) – Revson/ Gregory (Essex Wire) – 17th

#1011 – Amon/ McLaren (Shelby) – 5th

#1012 – Gurney/ Grant (Shelby) – 2nd

#1015 – Miles/ Ruby (Shelby) – 1st

#1016 – Ginther/ Bucknum (Holman & Moody) – Retired (Gearbox)

#1026 – Thompson/ Scott/ Revson (Essex Wire) – Retired (Brakes)

#1031-Hansgen/ Donohue (Holman & Moody) – 3rd

 

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

98

Ken Miles/Lloyd Ruby/Tom Payne* Ford Mk II [1015] Shelby

678

1

2

97

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant/Tom Payne* Ford Mk II [1012] Shelby

670

11

3

95

Walt Hansgen/Mark Donohue/Tom Payne*/Grant Clark* Ford Mk II [1031] Holman&Moody

669

3

4

21

Pedro Rodriguez/Mario Andretti Ferrari 365P2/3[0838] NART

664

4

5

96

Chris Amon/Bruce McLaren/Tom Payne* Ford Mk II [1011] Shelby

651

7

6

15

Hans Herrmann/Herbert Linge/Gerhard Mitter* Porsche 906 [017] Porsche

623

18

7

16

Gerhard Mitter/Joe Buzzetta/Huschke von Hanstein* Porsche 904GTS[005] Porsche

612

24

8

17

Günther Klass/Udo Schütz Porsche904GTS[091] Porsche

610

26

9

22

Jochen Rindt/Bob Bondurant/Lorenzo Bandini* Ferrari 250LM[5893] NART

591

14

10

14

Peter Gregg/George Drolsom/Hans Herrmann* Porsche 904 GTS Brumos

589

28

11

20

Sam Posey/Jim Haynes/Harry Theodoracopulos Porsche 904 GTS Sam Posey

577

22

12

6

Dick Guldstrand/Ben Moore/George Wintersteen Chevrolet Sting Ray Roger Penske

575

21

13

23

Mark Konig/Peter Clarke/Bob Hurt Ferrari 250LM[5895] Peter Clarke

574

32

14

86

Peter Sutcliffe/Bob Grossman Ford GT40 [105] FAV

571

19

15

27

David Piper/Richard Attwood Ferrari 250LM[5897] David Piper

556

12

16

18

Jack Ryan/E. Linley Coleman/Bill Bencker Porsche 911 RBM Motors

548

39

17

92

Peter Revson/Masten Gregory/Ed Lowther/Richard Thompson* Ford GT40 [1010(1)] Essex Wire

531

15

18

90

Don Kearney/Michael Reina Ford Mustang Michael Reina

527

34

19

30

Larry B. Perkins/Jack Slottag/Russell Beazell Ferrari 250GTO[3223] Scuderia Bear

526

33

20

67

George Cornelius/Dick Boo/Robert Ryan Brown Chevrolet Sting Ray Cannon Auto

501

38

NRF

91

Dick Thompson/Skip Scott/Peter Revson Ford GT40 [1026] Essex Wire

500

10

21

56

Ike A. Maxwell, Jr./William J. Martin Volvo P1800 Martin

496

54

NRF

79

Paul Richards/Ray Cuomo Austin-Healey Sprite Autosport

491

36

22

41

Hugh Kleinpeter/Harry Fry/George Parsons/Harold Whims* Triumph LM E. P. Drescher

490

45

23

43

Dana Kelder/Ara Dube/Red Wilson Triumph TR4A Cannon Auto

487

50

24

45

Herb Byrne/Milo Vega Triumph TR4A John Kingham

482

43

25

84

Ben Scott/Peter Flanagan/Roger Chastain Alfa  Giulia Sprint Pompano

474

55

26

54

Raymond Stoutenburg/Gene Jones/Larry Isley Plymouth Barracuda Stoutenburg

466

41

27

75

Art Riley/Ross MacGrotty Yenko Stinger McMillan Oil Co.

448

37

NC

40

George Waltman/Arthur W. Swanson/Nick Cone/Doug Given* Triumph TR4 Genser Forman

432

56

DNF

32

George Follmer/Don Wester/Paul Hawkins/Jean Guichet*/Jochen Rindt* Ferrari 250LM [5901] NART

428

8

DNF

44

Ernie Croucher/Walter Glenn/Bill Eve MG B Chambliss

426

49

DNF

29

Paul Hawkins/Jackie Epstein Ferrari 250LM [6051] Jackie Epstein

425

17

DNF

94

Ralph Noseda/Grant Clark/Bob Thorpe/Harry Heuer Shelby Cobra Ralph Noseda

419

35

NC

7

John Bolander/Bob Winkelmann/John Olson Ford Cortina John Olson

416

46

NC

78

Rosemary Smith/Smokey Drolet Sunbeam Alpine Autosport

416

58

NC

73

William McKemie/Terry Petmecky/Fred Opert Elva Courier Mk.IV Fred Opert

391

51

NC

80

Donna Mae Mims/Janet Guthrie/Suzy Dietrich Sunbeam Alpine Autosport

389

57

DNF

55

Al Weaver/John Fraim/Chet Freeman Lotus Elan J. Randall

383

47

DNF

93

Harold Keck/Oscar Koveleski/Ed Lowther Shelby Cobra Scuderia Bear

371

23

DNF

87

Richie Ginther/Ronnie Bucknum/Tom Payne* Ford Mk II [1016] H & M

329

6

DNF

89

Dan Gerber/Bob Johnson/Peter Learch/Tom Payne* Shelby Cobra Dan Gerber

328

25

DNF

65

Jo Bonnier/Phil Hill/Jim Hall* Chaparral 2D [001] Chaparral

318

2

DNF

36

Wilbur Pickett/Bill Bean Alfa Giulia Zagato Cannon Auto

278

44

DNF

42

Ken Hughes/Fred Salo/John Addison Triumph TR4 John Addison

244

52

DNF

59

Don Yenko/John W. Forte/Art Riley Volvo P1800 Art Riley

216

40

DNF

31

John Fulp/Bill Rutan/Bruce Jennings/Bob Tullius*/Charlie Kolb* Ferrari 330P [0810] John Fulp

193

13

DNF

88

William Wonder/Herb Wetanson Ford GT40 [103] Bill Wonder

178

27

DNF

25

Lucien Bianchi/Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Jean Blaton/Jacky Ickx* Ferrari 365P2 [0828] E. Francorchamps

171

5

DNF

99

Roger West/Dick Macon Ford Mustang Joe Treadwell

168

29

DNF

24

Innes Ireland/Mike Hailwood^/George Drummond^ Ferrari 250LM [6053] Drummond

90

16

DNF

19

Duncan Forlong/Leland Dieas/David H.McClain^ Porsche 356B S90 Dave McClain

80

42

DNF

26

Leon Dernier/Jacky Ickx/Jean Blaton^/Gerard Langlois von Ophem* Ferrari 250LM [5843] E. Francorchamps

80

20

DNF

74

Larry Hess/Tommy Hess Rambler Marlin Queen City

80

59

DNF

47

David Lane/Don Sesslar Porsche 904GTS[051] David Lane

74

30

DNF

77

John Bentley/John E. Hill Sunbeam Tiger Space Science

71

48

DNF

5

Spurgeon May/Bobby Allison Chevrolet Corvair Robert Harper

63

53

DNF

28

Denny Hulme/Victor Wilson^ Ferrari 250LM [5907] Team Chamaco

53

9

DNF

12

Dave Hull/Herb Byrne^/Bob Kingham^ Jaguar E-type Jaguar

41

31

 

26/3/66 – Sebring 12 Hours

 

Sebring in March always brings out an interesting group of cars, many not seen at Daytona. This year Ferrari had two interesting cars, a 330P3 for Parkes/ Bondurant and a 206S for Scarfiotti/ Bandini, both expected to be successful within their classes. Ford had four Mark II’s entered including a one off Bruce McLaren developed Roadster MkII entered by Shelby for Miles/ Ruby and a conventional Mark II for Gurney/ Grant. Holman & Moody had a Mark II for Hansgen/ Donohue and an Automatic version for Foyt Bucknum. Supporting these entries were the semi works Alan Mann racing Aluminium bodied Mark I entries for Graham Hill/ Stewart and Whitmore/ Gardner. Providing interest were several  privately entered Mark I GT40’s, 5 Porsche 906’s and 2 Chaparral 2D’s for Sharp/ Hall and Bonnier/ Phil Hill.

Practice showed the new Ferrari to be quick, taking second place on the grid, while the lightweight Alan Mann entries were also surprisingly quick taking third and fifth.

 

Grid Top 10

 

1 – Gurney/ Grant                                           2 – Parkes/ Bondurant

Ford GT40 MkII (1031)                                   Ferrari 330P3 (0846)       

2:54:6                                                                    2:56:6

 

3 – G. Hill/ Stewart                                         4 – Hansgen/ Donohue

Ford GT40 (AMGT-2)                                      Ford GT40 MkII (1032)

2:57:4                                                                    2:58:0

 

5 – Miles/ Ruby                                                                6 – Hall/ Sharp

Ford GT40 MkII (110X1)                                 Chaparral 2D (002/2A)

2:58:6                                                                    2:59:6

 

7 – Whitmore/ Gardner                                                8 – Bonnier/ P. Hill

Ford GT40 (AMGT-1)                                      Chaparral 2D (001)

3:00:4                                                                    3:00:6

 

9 – Rodriguez/ Andretti                                 10 Foyt/ Bucknum

Ferrari 365P2 (0838)                                        Ford GT40 MkII (1016)

3:01:2                                                                    3:03:4

 

Graham Hill led the early laps of the race in the Alan Mann entry, followed by Parkes and Scarfiotti in the small Ferrari. Scarfiotti had an ignition problem tat dropped him to the back of the field. Graham Hill soon dropped back with a fouled plug. Hansgen and Foyt were having problems with their Mark II’s, Loose door and Brakes respectively. Parkes had a 20 second lead over Miles in the Roadster, Gurney carving through the field after being delayed at the start.

Eventually the Foyt/ Bucknum had transmission trouble, dropping them back and then the leading Miles/ Bucknum Roadster refused to start after a pit stop but eventually got going again. The Gurney and Miles Mark II’s were running 1 – 2 and started to race each other, annoying Shelby who none too politely told his drivers to take it easy. Bob McLean in the Essex Wire GT40 went off course and crashed into a telephone pole suffering fatal injuries.

At the end of the race, first the works Ferrari P3 dropped out with a broken gearbox, then the NART Ferrari P2/3 collided with the class leading Porsche 906 putting them both out. Finally on the last lap Gurney was coasting to victory when his engine seized and he had to push his car to the finish, much to Miles surprise, passing him as he tried to push his mount to the finish line. Gurney was eventually disqualified due to the rule that finishers must be running to be counted. Second place went to Hansgen/ Donohue fully 12 laps behind, with Scott/ Revson taking a steady 3rd followed by Herrmann/ Buzzetta in the little 2 Litre 906 and Scarfiotti/ Bandini in the 206S.

 

GT40

 

#GT/103 – Wonder/ Brown (Wonder) – Disqualified (Refueling)

#GT/105 – Ireland/ Sutcliffe (Sutcliffe) – Retired (Engine)

#GT/110X1 – Miles/ Ruby (Shelby) – 1st

#1000 – McLean/ Oulette (Comstock) – Retired (Fatal Accident)

#1010(I) – Gregory/ Pabst (Essex Wire) – Retired (Engine)

#1016 – Foyt/ Bucknum (Holman & Moody) – 12th

#1026 – Scott/ Revson (Essex Wire) – 3rd

#1029 – Jennings/ Holquist (McKelvy) – 13th     

#1031 – Gurney/ Grant (Shelby) – Disqualified (Not running at finish)

#1032 – Hansgen/ Donohue – 2nd

#1037 – Wietzes/ Fisher (Comstock) – Withdrew

#AMGT-1 – Whitmore/ Gardner (Alan Mann) – Retired (Clutch)

#AMGT-2 – Graham Hill/ Stewart (Alan Mann) – Retired (Engine)

 

Results

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

1

Ken Miles/Lloyd Ruby/Chris Amon* Ford X-1 [110] Shelby

228

5

NRF

2

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant Ford Mk II [1031] Shelby

227

1

2

3

Walt Hansgen/Mark Donohue/Chris Amon* Ford Mk II [1032] H & M

216

4

3

19

Skip Scott/Peter Revson Ford GT40 [1026] Essex Wire

213

13

4

52

Hans Herrmann/Joe Buzzetta/Gerhard Mitter/Herbert Linge* Porsche 906 [103] Porsche

209

24

5

46

Ludovico Scarfiotti/Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 206P[0842] Ferrari SEFAC

206

12

6

49

Jo Siffert/Charles Vögele Porsche 906 Charles Vögele

206

18

7

54

George Follmer/Peter Gregg Porsche 904 GTS [091] Porsche GE

205

27

8

50

Lake Underwood/Ed Hugus Porsche 906 Ed Hugus

204

17

9

9

George Wintersteen/Ben Moore Chevrolet Sting Ray Roger Penske

201

28

10

6

Bob Grossman/Ed Lowther Shelby Cobra [CSX3022] Scuderia Bear

197

19

11

8

Don Yenko/Dave Morgan/Harold Whims/Harry Heuer*/Harold Collins* Chevrolet  Sting Ray Whims

197

30

12

4

A. J. Foyt/Ronnie Bucknum/Chris Amon*/Bruce McLaren* Ford Mk II [1016] H & M

192

10

13

23

Bruce Jennings/Richard Holquist/Oscar Koveleski^ Ford GT40 [1029] Scuderia Bear

189

23

14

63

Giacomo Russo/Gaston Andrey/Andrea de Adamich^/Roberto Bussinello^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

189

33

NRF

26

Pedro Rodriguez/Mario Andretti/David Piper* Ferrari 365P2/3 [0838] NART

188

9

15

80

Bob Said/Ray Cuomo/John Addison/Tom Payne^/Fred Salo^ Shelby Cobra Tom Payne

188

29

16

56

Jacques Duval/Horst Kroll/Ubald Saskal^ Porsche 904 GTS Jacques Duval

188

40

NRF

48

Don Wester/Scooter Patrick/Dave Jordan^ Porsche 906 Otto Zipper

182

15

17

59

Roger Mac/Peter Manton/Andrew Hedges^/Emmett Brown^ MG B BMC

178

51

18

67

Paul Hawkins/Timo Mäkinen Austin-Healey Sprite D. Healey

175

46

NRF

27

Mike Parkes/Bob Bondurant/Ludovico Scarfiotti* Ferrari 330P3 [0846] Ferrari SEFAC

172

2

19

41

Steve Froines/Bill Pendleton Triumph TR4A Triumph

172

52

20

51

Jack Ryan/E. Linley Coleman/Bill Bencker^ Porsche 911 RBM Motors

168

45

21

65

Fred Baker/Bill Kirtley Alpine M65 Renault Fred J. Baker

168

63

22

7

John Bentley/Arthur M. Latta/Herb Byrne Shelby Cobra 427 Space Science

166

39

23

40

Dick Gilmartin/Mike Rothschild Triumph TR4A Triumph

162

53

24

69

Kenneth Sellers/Robert Shaw/Frank Manley* Alpine M65 Renault Kenneth Sellers

162

57

DNF

44

Paddy Hopkirk/Andrew Hedges/Peter Manton^/Emmett Brown^/Brad Picard* MG B BMC

157

44

NC

58

William McKemie/Fred Opert Elva Courier Mk IV Ford Carl Haas

153

49

NC

42

Ludwig Heimrath/R. Craig Hill Triumph TR4A Triumph

151

55

DNF

47

Briggs Cunningham/Dave Jordan/John Fitch Porsche 904 GTS [018] B. Cunningham

148

25

DNF

68

Howard Hanna/Morrow Decker/George Waltman^/Richard Toland* Matra Djet MB8S Renault Howard Hanna

148

59

DNF

25

John Whitmore/Frank Gardner/Chris Amon^/Jack Seasr* Ford GT40 [AMGT-1] A. Mann

146

7

DNF

24

Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart Ford GT40 [AMGT-2] A. Mann

142

3

DNF

85

Albert Ackerly/Archibald J. McNeill MG B Continental

137

54

NC

92

Milo Vega/Bob Kingham/Herb Byrne/Dave Hull* Triumph TR4A John Kingham

131

64

NC

66

Rauno Aaltonen/Clive Baker Austin-Healey Sprite D. Healey

121

41

DNF

53

Gerhard Mitter/Günther Klass Porsche 906 [111] Porsche

120

11

DNF

55

Udo Schütz/Dieter Glemser/Joe Buzzetta* Porsche 904 GTS [005] Porsche

114

31

DNF

22

William Wonder/Bobby Brown Ford GT40 [103] Bill Wonder

100

26

DNF

17

Eppie Wietzes/Craig Fisher Ford GT40 [1037] Comstock

96

22

DNF

57

Millard Ripley/Herb Wetanson Porsche 904 GTS Wetanson & Ripley

94

38

DNF

87

Charlie Kolb/John Fulp/Bob Thorpe^ Porsche 904/8 Berg Keymo Motors

87

66

DNF

18

Bob McLean/Jean Oulette Ford GT40 [1000] Comstock

83

16

NC

32

Rajah Rodgers/Bill Buchman/Richard Robson Jaguar XK-E Robson

82

65

DNF

82

Jerry Kohler/Michael Reina/Walt Biddle/Leslie Behm^/Joseph Davis* Shelby GT350 Terry Kohler

71

48

DNF

33

Arthur W. Swanson/Robert Ennis Ferrari 250LM [5845] Swanson

70

37

DNF

10

Dick Thompson/Dick Guldstrand Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport [005] Roger Penske

65

21

DNF

62

Lucien Bianchi/Bernard Consten/Jean Rolland* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

61

34

DNF

35

Jack Slottag/Larry B. Perkins Ferrari 250 GTO [3223] Jack Slottag

61

35

DNF

39

Bob Tullius/Charles Gates Triumph TR4A Triumph

47

47

DNF

21

Innes Ireland/Peter Sutcliffe Ford GT40 [105] Peter Sutcliffe

47

20

DNF

11

Hap Sharp/Jim Hall Chaparral 2D[002(2A)] Chaparral

35

6

DNF

43

Ben Hall/Al Costner/Ted Rand* Morgan Plus 4 SS Fergus Import

35

62

DNF

20

Masten Gregory/Augie Pabst^/Richard Thompson* Ford GT40 [1010(1)] Essex Wire

30

14

DNF

12

Jo Bonnier/Phil Hill^ Chaparral 2D [001] Chaparral

27

8

DNF

60

Robert Colombosian/John Todd Lotus Elan Autolab

25

42

DNF

36

Ross MacGrotty/Art Riley/Ed Myers Yenko Stinger MacGrotty

25

56

DNF

61

Teodoro Zeccoli/Giacomo Russo^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

22

32

DNF

64

Sam Posey/Harry Theodoracopulos^/Filippo Theodoli* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Theodoli

16

36

DNF

89

Edgar H. Schantz/Sherman S. Smith Abarth-Simca 1300 Smith

13

61

DNF

84

Roger West/Tommy Charles^ MG B Roger West

7

50

DNF

37

Donna Mae Mims/John Luke^ Yenko Stinger McMillan

1

58

 

 

2nd – 3rd April 1966 – Le Mans Trials

 

1 – #1 – 3:34:4 – Ford J – car (J1) – Amon

2 –#2 – 3:36:0 – Ford GT40 Mark II (1012) – Miles

3 – #15 – 3:38:6 – Ford GT40 (AMGT-2) – Stewart

4 – #16 – 3:40:3 – Ford GT40 (AMGT-1) – Whitmore

5 – #19 – 3:41:6 – Ferrari 365 P2/3 (0828) – Blaton

6 – #14 – 3:41:9 – Ford GT40 (1007) – Ligier

7 – #12 – 3:43:4 – Ford GT40 (1040) – Mueller

8 – #11 – 3:43:5 – Ford GT40 (1038) – Scott

9 – #3 – 3:48:6 – Ford GT40 MKII (1011) – Hansgen

10 – #38 – 3:52:0 – Matra – BRM M620 (01) – Schlesser

11 – #29 – 3:58:3 – Porsche 906 – Noecker

12 – #37 – 3:59:1 – Porsche 906 – Linge

13 – #31 – 4:00:6 – Porsche 906 – Buchet

14 – #45 – 4:00:9 – Alpine – Renault M65 – Bianchi

15 – #70 – 4:11:2 – Alpine – Renault M64 – Weber

16 – #56 – 4:12:7 – Alpine – Renault M65 – Bianchi

17 – #47 – 4:13:8 – Alpine – Renault M64 – Piot

18 – #64 – 4:16:2 – Ferrari 250GTO (5095) – Cortanze

19 – #61 – 4:18:6 – Serenissima 308 Jet – Corberto

20 – #46 – 4:20:6 – Alpine – Renault M65 – Vinatier

21 – #32 – 4:45:8 – Porsche 911 – Linge

22 – #52 – 4:47:2 – C.D. Peugeot SP66 – Bertaut

23 – #55 – 4:50:4 – ASA RB613 – Pasquier

24 – #50 – 5:08:9 – Marcos Mini GT – Marnat

 

 

22nd May 1966 – Spa 1000KM

 

The key entries for the Spa 1000KM on the fearsomely fast Spa circuit in the Ardennes mountains were headed by 6 GT40’s including a MkII for Alan Mann racing and driven by Whitmore/ Gardner. Taking the fight to them was the usual collection of Ferrari’s, including a 330P3 for Parkes/ Scarfiotti and a P2 for Piper/ Salmon. The 330P3 proceeded to take Pole from the MkII with the rest some way off the pace.

Grid Top 10

 

#1 – Parkes/ Scarfiotti                                    #2 – Whitmore/ Gardner

Ferrari 330P3 (0844)                                        Ford GT40 MkII (1012)

3:47:4                                                                    3:50:7

 

 

#3 – Revson/ Scott                                          #4 – Bianchi/ Blaton

Ford GT40 (1038)                                              Ferrari 330P2 (0828)

3:53:1                                                                    3:56:9

 

#5 – Amon/ Ireland                                        #6 – Mueller/ Mairesse

Ford GT40 (1017)                                              Ford GT40 (1039)

3:58:2                                                                    4:00:4

 

#7 – Sutcliffe/ Redman                                 #8 – Hobbs/ Neerpasch

Ford GT40 (1009I)                                            Ford GT40 (1026)

4:01:8                                                                    4:02:1

 

#9 – Herrman/ Glemser                                                #10 – Piper/ Salmon

Porsche 906P (137)                                          Ferrari 365 P2/3 (0836)  

4:05:5                                                                    4:05:6

 

Parkes immediately took the race by the scruff of the neck and added 3 seconds over the MkII each lap, Revson had 3rd sewn up with Bianchi and Amon following. Neerpasch/ Hobbs briefly took 3rd but soon dropped back with various problems. Everyone quickly realised they didnt have a hope of catching the leading Ferrari and dropped into a holding pattern. By half time only the big two were on the lead lap although the lack of real pace kept retirements low.

The only late race drama was created when Gardner ran over some track debris, punctured a tire and needed a pit stop for repairs. This didn’t lose him too much time however and still kept second. Several of the Porsches had maladies thus allowing privateer GT40’s to take 3rd thru 5th.

 

GT40

 

#1012 – Whitmore/ Gardner (Alan Mann) – 2nd

#1009I – Sutcliffe/Redman (Sutcliffe) – 4th

#1017 – Amon/ Ireland (Hoare) – 5th

#1026 – Hobbs/ Neerpasch (Essex Wire) – Retired (mechanical)

#1038 – Revson/ Scott (Essex Wire) -3rd

#1039 – Mueller/ Mairesse (Filipinetti) – Retired (Handling)

 

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

1

Mike Parkes/Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 330P3[0844] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

71

1

2

4

John Whitmore/Frank Gardner Ford Mk II [1012] Alan Mann Racing

70

2

3

42

Peter Revson/Skip Scott Ford GT40 [1038] Essex Wire

69

3

4

40

Peter Sutcliffe/Brian Redman Ford GT40 [1009(1)] Peter Sutcliffe

68

7

5

44

Chris Amon/Innes Ireland Ford GT40 [1017] F. English Racing Ltd.

67

5

6

12

Richard Attwood/Jean Guichet/David Hobbs* Ferrari 206S [0852] Maranello Concessionaires

67

12

7

49

Paul Hawkins/Jackie Epstein Ferrari 250LM [6051] Jackie Epstein

65

15

8

52

Gustave Gosselin/Eric de Keyn/Pierre Noblet^/Leon Dernier^/Jacky Ickx* Ferrari 250LM [5843] Ecurie Francorchamps

65

14

9

22

Roger Delageneste/Jacques Patte Alpine A210-M65 Renault [1720] Societé Automobiles Alpine

60

20

10

21

Mauro Bianchi/Jean Vinatier Alpine A210-M65 Renault [1724] Societé Automobiles Alpine

57

21

11

19

John Harris/Mike Garton/John Moore^/Keith Greene* Austin-Healey Sprite Donald Healey Motor Co.

55

26

12

59

Julien Vernaeve/Andrew Hedges MG B British Motor Co.

55

27

13

20

Alec Poole/John Harris/Mike Garton^ Austin-Healey Sprite D. Healey

55

29

14

62

Steffan Wahlström/Per Brandström/Bjorn Svensson*/Kjell Lindgren* Lotus Elan Elan Sweden

53

31

15

55

Gijs van Lennep/David van Lennep Porsche 906 Racing Team Holland

51

13

NC

48

John Harper/Michael Merrick JaguarE-type[850016] Mike Merrick

47

23

DNF

11

Hans Herrmann/Dieter Glemser Porsche 906 [137] Porsche

 

9

DNF

43

David Hobbs/Jochen Neerspasch/Augie Pabst*/Alan Rees* Ford GT40 [1026] Essex Wire

 

8

DNF

9

David Piper/Mike Salmon/Bob Bondurant* Ferrari 365P2/3[0836] David Piper

 

10

DNF

60

Andreas Eichhorn/Rico Steinemann Lotus Elan Karl Foitek

 

24

DNF

66

Doseray/Jacques Thenaers/Jacques Steinert* Porsche 911  

 

30

DNF

50

Mark Konig/Peter Clarke Ferrari 250LM [5895] Peter Clarke

 

18

DNF

25

Alan Rees/Johnny Servoz-Gavin/Jo Schlesser* Matra M620 BRM [01] Matra Sports

 

16

DNF

57

Jimmy Blumer/Mike De Udy Porsche 906 AFN

 

17

DNF

54

Gerhard Koch/Udo Schütz Porsche 906 Porsche

 

11

DNF

8

Lucien Bianchi/Jean Blaton Ferrari 330 P2 [0828] E. Francorchamps

 

4

DNF

5

Tony Settember/Ed Freutel Shelby Cobra Cinquante Cinq

 

19

DNF

41

Herbert Müller/Willy Mairesse Ford GT40 [1039] Scuderia Filipinetti

 

6

DNF

47

Vic Heylen/Chris Tuerlinx/”Roets”^ Sunbeam Tiger Sunbeam

 

25

DNF

65

Jean-Marie Pierson/Camille Demoulin Alfa Romeo GTA  

 

22

DNF

17

Pierre Bonvoisin/Gerard Gonthier^/Lambert Dock* Apal – Ford Pierre Bonvoisin

 

28

18th – 19th June 1966 – Le Mans 24 Hours

 

Le Mans 1966 was to be the peak of the Ford/ Ferrrari war with 27 cars being either a Ford or Ferrari, 14 GT40’s making an appearance and 13 Ferrari’s. Porsche also had a strong entry, the main combatants were;

 

Chaparral

 

Chaparral – #9 – 2D (001) – Bonnier/ P. Hill

 

Ferrari

 

Ecurie Francorchamps – #17 – 365P2/3 – Dumay/ Blaton

Ecurie National Belge – #28 – 250LM (6023) –  Gosselin/ de Kyn

Ferarri – #20 – 330P3 (0848) – Parkes/ Scarfiotti, #21 – 330P3 (0844) – Guichet/ Bandini

Filipinetti – #19 – 365P2 (0832) – Mairesse/ Muller

Hoare/ Maranello Concessionaires – #16 – 365P2 (0826) – Attwood/ Piper, #29 – 275 GTB/C (9035) Courage/ Pike, #36 – 206S (012) – Hobbs/ Salmon

Hugus – #26 – 275 GTB/C (9015) Biscaldi/ de Bopurbon – Palme

NART – #18 – 365P2 (0838) – Bondurant/ Gregory, #25 – 206S (014) – Vaccarella/ Casoni, #27 – 365P2/3 (0846) – Rodriguez/ Ginther, #38 – 206S (008) – Kolb/ Follmer

Swaters – #28 – 250 LM (6023) – Gosselin/ de Kyn, #57 – 275 GTB/C (9027) – Noblet/ Dubois

 

Ford

 

Alan Mann – #7 – Mark II (XGT-2) – G. Hill/ Muir, #8 – Mark II (XGT-1) – Whitmore/ Gardner

Comstock – #12 – (1017) – Rindt/ Ireland

Essex Wire – #59 – (1038) – Scott/ Revson, #60 – (1001) – Neerpasch/ Ickx

Filipinetti – #14 – (1040) – Sutcliffe/ Spoerry

Ford France – #15 – (1007) – Ligier/ Grossman

Holman & Moody – #4 – Mark II (1032) – Hawkins/ Donohue, #5 – Mark II (1016) – Bucknum/ Hutcherson, #6 – Mark II (1031) – Bianchi/ Andretti

Shelby – #1 – Mark II (1015) – Miles/ Hulme, #2 – Mark II (1046) – McLaren/ Amon, #3 – Mark II (1047) – Gurney/ Grant

 

Porsche

 

Dewez – #35 – 911 – Kerguen/ Dewez

Porsche – #30 – 906LE (153) – Siffert/ Davis, #31 – 906LE (143) – Herrmann/ Linge, #32 – 906LE (152) – Schuetz/ de Klerk, #33 – 906 (112) – Gregg/ Axelsson, #58 – 906(111) – Klass/ Stommelen

Veuillet – #34 – 906 (114) – Buchet/ Koch

 

  The test days were held as usual back in April but fell short of actually showing any sort of comparative form with Ferrari pulling out at the last minute. Controversy occurred when Hansgen needlessly went out in the rain and had the mother of all crashes at the Dunlop Bridge, succumbing to his injuries several days later. The J – car prototype was given a run at the test session but thankfully was not run in the race, Ford preferring to stick with their dependable Mark II’s.

 Ferrari had four of their P3’s and they proved to be quick in qualifying, the fastest less than three seconds off pole. Porsche only had two litre cars in 1966 and these as expected were going to come into bearing in the race rather than qualifying. Pre – race drama was provided when first Surtees walked out on the Ferrari team after team manager Dragoni promoted his favourite Italian drivers just a little too much. Further, Dick Thompson, originally down to drive the #7 Alan Mann entry had a crash that he didn’t report in practice and the organisers excluded the #7 entry. Ford management threatened to pull the entire team until the ACO organisers relented allowing the entry so long as Thompson didn’t drive, Brian Muir substituted for Thompson in later qualifying and the race.

 

Qualifying Top 10

 

1 – Gurney/ Grant                                                           2 – Miles/ Hulme

Ford Mark II (1047)                                                          Ford Mark II (1015)

3:30:6                                                                                    3:31:7

 

3 – Whitmore/ Gardner                                                                4 – McLaren/ Amon

 Ford Mark II (XGT-1)                                                      Ford Mark II (1046)

3:32:2                                                                                    3:32:6

 

5 – Rodriguez/ Ginther                                                  6 – G. Hill/ Muir

Ferrari 365 P2/3 (0846)                                                   Ford Mark II (XGT-2)

3:33:0                                                                                    3:33:2

7 – Parkes/ Scarfiotti                                                      8 – Guichet/ Bandini

Ferrari 330P3 (0848)                                                        Ferrari 330P3 (0844)

3:34:3                                                                                    3:34:4

 

9 – Bucknum/ Hutcherson                                           10 – Bonnier/ P. Hill

Ford Mark II (1016)                                                          Chaparral 2D (001)

3:34:6                                                                                    3:35:1

 

Graham Hill lead the first lap in the reinstated #7 Alan Mann entry, Gurney, Whitmore and Bucknum close behind. Parkes in 5th was the first of the Ferraris, problems befell Hawkins(broken halfshaft) and Ken Miles (jammed door) delaying them by 1 hour and a few minutes respectively. Meanwhile Dan Gurney led at the first hour from Hill, Bucknum, Rodriguez and Miles. The #12 GT40 was out during the second hour of the race along with all three of the Ferrari Dino 206S.

The Ferrari P3 of Rodriguez/ Ginther eventually moved into the lead and then Miles/ Hulme and Gurney/ Grant. Hawkins/ Donohue retired during the second hour but the other Mark II’s were running well with no issues at all. Miles/ Hulme were leading at dusk from Gurney/ Grant, Rodriguez/ Ginther and Scarfiotti/ Parkes next up. Whitmore/ Gardner went out with a broken clutch and Bianchi/ Andretti with a broken engine. Hill/ Muir’s Mark II went out with a broken suspension before Ferrari started to implode. The Chaparral also went out with electrical faults

Firstly Scarfiotti crashed severely and then Rodriguez/ Ginther had transmission problems, leaving the Mark II’s in the first four places, later the first 5 places when the #19 Ferrari went out with a broken transmission. The Scott/ Revson GT40 had been doing very well and were in 5th, the leading privately entered GT40 before retiring with engine problems. The other GT40’s had also retired with various maladies. The last major retirement was the Gurney/ Grant car that were leading, after overheating the Ford team decided to retire the car.

And then a very funny thing happened, Ford management decided they wanted a staged finish, with Miles/ Hulme winning. At the last set of pitstops they advised all three drivers of their request, Miles was told to slow down, allowing McLaren who was on the same lap to catch up, and the third place Bucknum/ Hutcherson car was told to take up their place. ACO officials advised Leo Beebe that if the formation finish happened they would not allow a tie and so would count the distance covered including who started further back on the grid (24 hours earlier) would be the winner, and that was McLaren/ Amon. As it was when they hit the line McLaren/ Amon was actually ahead.

Ford finally had what they wanted at last, the Le Mans win and quickly agreed to return the following year. For Ferrari, who had won the last 6 races, they were not to know that they wouldn’t win again.

 

GT40

 

#1001 – Neerpasch/ Ickx (Essex Wire) – Retired (Engine)

#1007 – Ligier/ Grossman (Ford France) – Retired (Ignition)

#1015 – Miles/ Hulme (Shelby) – 2nd

#1016 – Bucknum/ Hutcherson (Holman & Moody) – 3rd

#1017 – Rindt/ Ireland (Comstock) – Retired (Engine)

#1031 – Bianchi/ Andretti (Holman & Moody) – Retired (Engine)

#1032 – Hawkins/ Donohue (Holman & Moody) – Retired (Gearbox)

#1038 – Scott/ Revson (Essex Wire) – Retired (Engine)

#1040 – Sutcliffe/ Spoerry (Filipinetti) – Retired (Accident)

#1046 – McLaren/ Amon (Shelby) – 1st

#1047 – Gurney/ Grant (Shelby) – Retired (Water leak)

#XGT-1 – Whitmore/ Gardner (Alan Mann) – Retired (Gearox)

#XGT-2 – G. Hill/ Muir (Alan Mann) – Retired (Suspension)

 

Results

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

2

Bruce McLaren/Chris Amon/Bob Grossman*/Dan Gurney* Ford Mk II [1046] Shelby

360

4

2

1

Ken Miles/Denny Hulme/Lucien Bianchi*/Richard Thompson*/Lloyd Ruby*/Mark Donohue* Ford Mk II [1015] Shelby

360

2

3

5

Ronnie Bucknum/Dick Hutcherson/A.J.Foyt*/Bruce McLaren*/Peter Arundell* Ford Mk II [1016] Holman & Moody

348

9

4

30

Jo Siffert/Colin Davis/Gerhard Mitter* Porsche906LE[153] Porsche

339

22

5

31

Hans Herrmann/Herbert Linge/Dieter Glemser* Porsche906LE[143] Porsche

338

23

6

32

Udo Schütz/Peter de Klerk/Peter Noecker* Porsche906LE[152] Porsche

337

31

7

58

Günther Klass/Rolf Stommelen/Dieter Glemser* Porsche 906 [111] Porsche

330

27

NRF

33

Peter Gregg/Sten Axelsson/Guenther Klass* Porsche 906 [112] Porsche

321

30

8

29

Piers Courage/Roy Pike/Innes Ireland*/Mike Salmon*/David Hobbs* Ferrari 275 GTB/C [9035] Maranello C

313

37

9

62

Henri Grandsire/Leo Cella Alpine A210 [1723] Alpine

311

44

10

57

Pierre Noblet/Claude Dubois/Leon Dernier^ Ferrari 275 GTB/C [9027] Ecurie Francorchamps

310

38

11

44

Jacques Cheinisse/Roger Delageneste/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud* Alpine A210 Renault [1721] Ecurie Savin-Calberson

307

45

12

45

Guy Verrier/Robert Bouharde/Mauro Bianchi*/Jean Vinatier* Alpine A210 Renault Automobiles Alpine

307

43

13

46

Jean Vinatier/Mauro Bianchi/Bengt Jonsson*/Pauli Toivonen* Alpine A210 Renault [1722] Automobiles Alpine

306

41

14

35

Jean Kerguen/Jacques Dewez Porsche 911S “J. Franc”

284

50

NRF

3

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant/Richard Thompson*/John Whitmore* Ford Mk II [1047] Shelby American Inc.

257

1

15

50

Jean-Louis Marnat/Claude Ballot-Léna/Jean-Pierre Jabouille^/Rene Trautmann* Marcos-Mini GT Jean-Louis Marnat & Cie

258

55

DNF

49

Paddy Hopkirk/Andrew Hedges Austin-Healey Sprite [HAN 8R 143] Donald Healey Motor Co. Ltd.

237

52

DNF

14

Peter Sutcliffe/Dieter Spoerry/Herbert Mueller^/Innes Ireland^/Mario Casoni*/Willy Mairesse* Ford GT40 [1040] Scuderia Filipinetti

233

19

DNF

21

Jean Guichet/Lorenzo Bandini/Ludovico Scarfiotti* Ferrari330P3[0844] Ferrari SEFAC

226

8

DNF

26

Giampiero Biscaldi/Michel de Bourbon-Parme/Ed Hugus* Ferrari 275 GTB/C [9015] Ed Hugus

218

35

DNF

28

Gustave Gosselin/Eric de Keyn/Alain LeGuellec^ Ferrari250LM[6023] Nationale Belge

218

28

DNF

47

Bengt Jansson/Pauli Toivonen/Andre de Cortanze* Alpine A210  [1720] Alpine

217

39

DNF

59

Skip Scott/Peter Revson Ford GT40 [1038] Essex Wire

212

13

DNF

15

Guy Ligier/Bob Grossman/Henri Greder^/Jean-Michel Giorgi^ Ford GT40 [1007] Ford France

205

20

DNF

19

Willy Mairesse/Herbert Müller Ferrari 365P2(0832] Filipinetti

166

15

DNF

60

Jochen Neerspasch/Jacky Ickx Ford GT40 [1001] Essex Wire

154

14

DNF

27

Pedro Rodriguez/Richie Ginther/Mario Andretti* Ferrari365P2/3[0846] NART

151

5

DNF

48

Clive Baker/John Rhodes/Rauno Aaltonen* Austin-Healey Sprite [HAN 8R 144] Donald Healey Motor Co. Ltd.

134

51

DNF

17

Pierre Dumay/Jean Blaton/Gerard Langlois von Ophem*/Leon Dernier*/Jacky Ickx* Ferrari 365P2/3[0828] Ecurie Francorchamps

129

18

DNF

20

Mike Parkes/Ludovico Scarfiotti/John Surtees^ Ferrari 330P3 [0848] Ferrari SEFAC

123

7

DNF

55

Andre de Cortanze/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud/Roger Delageneste^/Alain LeGuellec^/Henri Grandsire*/Jean-Francois Piot* Alpine A210 Renault [1719] Societé Automobiles Alpine

118

48

DNF

41

Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Johnny Servoz-Gavin/Jo Schlesser^/Alan Rees^ Matra M620 BRM [04] Matra Sports SARL

112

26

DNF

9

Jo Bonnier/Phil Hill Chaparral 2D [001] Chaparral Cars

111

10

DNF

7

Graham Hill/Brian Muir/Richard Thompson^/Jackie Stewart* Ford Mk II [XGT-2] Alan Mann Racing Ltd.

110

6

DNF

34

Robert Buchet/Gerhard Koch/Auguste Veuillet* Porsche 906 [114] Veuillet

110

33

DNF

42

Jo Schlesser/Alan Rees/Jean-Pierre Beltoise^/Jean-Pierre Jaussaud*/Johnny Servoz-Gavin*/Richard Attwood*/Jean Rolland* Matra M620BRM[03] Matra Sports SARL

100

25

DNF

6

Lucien Bianchi/Mario Andretti/Richie Ginther*/Paul Hawkins*/A.J.Foyt*/Masten Gregory* Ford Mk II [1031] Holman & Moody

97

12

DNF

53

Georges Heligouin/Johnny Rives/Jean-Claude Ogier^/Claude Laurent* C.D. SP66 Peugeot Société Automobiles CD

91

49

DNF

18

Bob Bondurant/Masten Gregory Ferrari 365P2 [0838] NART

88

16

DNF

51

Claude Laurent/Jean-Claude Ogier/Pierre Lelong^/Alain Bertaut*/Andre Guilhaudin* C.D. SP66 Peugeot Société Automobiles CD

54

46

DNF

54

Francois Pasquier/Robert Mieusset/Patrice Grandsart^ ASA RB613 North American Racing Team

50

54

DNF

24

Jean-Claude Sauer/Jean de Mortemart Serenissima-Spider ScuderiaSanMarco

40

42

DNF

11

Sam Posey/Massimo Natili/Pierre Noblet*/Regis Fraissinet*/Jean de Mortemart* Bizzarini P538 [106] Prototipi Bizzarini

39

36

DNF

43

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud/Henri Pescarolo/Jacky Ickx*/Alan Rees*/Johnny Servoz-Gavin* Matra M620 BRM [02] Matra Sports SARL

38

34

DNF

16

Richard Attwood/David Piper/Mike Salmon* Ferrari 365P2 [0826] Maranello  C.

33

21

DNF

61

Ignazio Giunti/Spartaco Dini ASA RB613 ASA

31

53

DNF

8

John Whitmore/Frank Gardner/Mike Salmon^/Jack Sears* Ford Mk II [XGT-1] Alan Mann Racing Ltd.

31

3

DNF

52

Pierre Lelong/Alain Bertaut/André Guilhaudin^/Roger Delageneste*/Johnny Rives* C.D. SP66 Peugeot Société Automobiles CD

19

47

DNF

36

David Hobbs/Mike Salmon^/Richard Attwood* Ferrari 206S[012] Maranello C

14

29

DNF

4

Paul Hawkins/Mark Donohue/Fred Lorenzen*/Chris Amon*/Lucien Bianchi* Ford Mk II [1032] Holman & Moody

12

11

DNF

38

Charlie Kolb/George Follmer^ Ferrari 206S [008] NART

9

32

DNF

10

Edgar Berney/André Wicky^/Frank Ruata^/Roberto Bussinello* Bizzarini P538 [003] Prototipi Bizzarini

8

40

DNF

12

Jochen Rindt/Innes Ireland^/Eppie Wietzes*/Craig Fisher* Ford GT40 [1017] Comstock Racing Team/F. R. English Ltd.

8

17

DNF

25

Nino Vaccarella/Mario Casoni^ Ferrari 206S [014] NART

7

24

 

 

 

 

1966 – A most successful season

 

Looking back at 1966 the Mark II’s won 3 out of the 4 entered and then it was 1-2-3 each time. Ferrari was well and truly defeated much to their shock Ford proving at last to be better prepared. The Le Mans victory was the culmination of three years of planning and development and made everything that had happened worthwhile. Ferrari had blamed everything from strikes to poverty in the face of Fords might and money, laughable when they were themselves backed by Fiat.

 

The World Sportscar championship was extremely close, but expected with Ford only entering their works teams in four rounds, Ferrari and their teams entered all 7 rounds of the championship. Ford still won the Championship by dint of the fact that only the best four results counted and winning Le Mans meant more points.  Further progress was made by Porsche who although only entering 2 Litre cars frequently picked up the pieces with some very impressive results including 4th place at Le Mans and an outright victory at the Targa Florio.

 

Looking to 1967 Ford had the J car while a little English team where busy with something completely different. In April 1966 a seemingly insignifigant event took place whern Grady Davis took delivery of #1049, a stock standard GT40 and had it raced in USRRC events. Davis was the VP of Gulf Oil Co. and started to consider the value of full Gulf Oil entries. FAV meanwhile were considering building a full lightweight version of the GT40 ala Alan Mann’s 1966 cars and when Davis heard this he prompted the idea of Gulf sponsoring them.  

 

Ford had decided to divest production of GT40’s to a new company that was set up at the end of 1966 and from the 1st of January 1967 the customer GT40s were built by JWA. JWA was a partnership between John Wyer and John Willment, with Len Bailey as designer. Thus by the end of 1966 JWA were busy concocting perhaps the most famous GT40 of them all.

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