GT40’s – the beginning

Ford GT40

 

The Ford GT40 was to become arguably the greatest Sports Racing Car of all time, to be compared to the 300SLR Mercedes, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Bentley Speed Six or Alfa Romeo 8C. What is less known is the tortured beginnings that this car had with many changes and iterations needed before success was attained and the many variants that were necessary to keep it competitive over 5 years from 1965 – 1969. The fact it won 4 Le Mans in three completely different formats was testament to the initial idea and the sheer force of those involved.

Driving these cars were some of the best drivers of all time and included many Formula 1 champions such as Hulme, Rindt, Phil Hill, Graham Hill, Clark and more. Many Le Mans winners also drove and the team managers and crews were a who’s who of racing talents. Looking back there is no more evocative image than the three GT40’s crossing the line at Le Mans in 1966 or the beautiful Gulf GT40’s of 1968 and 1969.

In this treatise I have tried to provide an overall history of the Ford GT40 by discussing in depth the major races contested by the official GT40 racing teams, FAV, Shelby, Holman & Moody, Alan Mann, Gulf et al. My rationale was to compare the performances of these entries on a race by race basis, showing where they were successful and where they weren’t. I certainly did not want to gloss over their faults, since in 1964 and 1965 there were many faults.

Finally I have tried with limited accuracy to give an overall guide to the status of the individual Ford built cars today. I have tried to include any cars that have claim to some kind of provenance. When considering that information please do not deem it to be accurate, it is merely a guide, and a rough one at that. With GT40’s values between US$2 million and US$20 million it could be said that many so called lost cars will still be discovered, some of which may actually contain Ford/ Abbey Panels etc parts.

 

Respect and thanks must surely go to Ronnie Spain, may your next book come sooner rather than later, who must be considered a god when it comes to GT40’s. Further thanks must go to whoever came up with http://www.GT40s.com which is a wonderful site for all things GT40.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960 – 1963 – Henry goes in search of a legacy

 

Henry Ford had since 1960 wanted to win Le Mans and looked for ways to complete what could have been a fitting legacy. Acknowledging the lack of ability of the Ford Motor Company (FoMoCo) and the American racing fraternity, Cunningham had tried and given up, Ford knew he had to look elsewhere. An approach to a top European racing manufacturer appeared the logical path and Henry Ford decided to approach Ferrari.

 

At the start of 1963 it was agreed by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca that they would make overtures to Ferrari after word got out via Ford Germany that Ferrari would be interested in a merger. In April Phil Paradise, then head of Ford Italy was sent to make the approach to Enzo and the intial idea was for two separate companies. One, Ford – Ferrari would make the road cars that would be sold as Ferrari’s and the other, Ferrari – Ford would make the Sports racing and Grand Prix cars.

 

Enzo was concerned that any independence would disappear with Fords beauracracy taking over, a potentially valid concern. Further concerns were raised about Fords ability to focus efforts on Ferrari’s racing and conflicts from their continual support of Shelby. Other concerns included Fords reluctance to get involved in the 1.5 Litre era of Formula 1.

Conincidentally, Fiat also started to make overtures to Enzo, offering financial backing and continued full independence which rather suited Enzo’s cultural thinking.

 

By early May FoMoCo was firmly told that no further negotiations would take place and they literally returned to Detroit to lick their wounds and consider options. Thus the intial idea behind building their own Le Mans contender was born. Some consider that Henry Ford was annoyed or that the real reason was that Ferrari couldn’t build a competing car for Indianapolis but anything further is hearsay. Whatever the reason for its being, the greatest sports racer of the late 1960’s was born.

 

After being rejected by Ferrari, Iacocca instantly got to work, setting up an independent group, Ford Advanced Vehicle (Special vehicle operations) in the UK. The power unit was also chosen, the new Indy 256 Cui engine loosely based on the Fairlane V8 was selected for the role. Roy Lunn was seconded to the project early-on, Lunn was the designer of the Mustang 1 in 1962 which was a very close approximation to the eventual layout of the GT40.

 

FoMoCo held discussions with Lotus, Cooper and Lola about building chassis and providing racing expertise. Lotus was an initial frontrunner but was not chosen due to the overwhelming feeling that they were stretched running their Formula 1 team, let alone adding the Sports racing team, Cooper was also dropped due to their lack of experience in Sports car racing and their declining Formula 1 performances. Lola had in 1963 raced at Le Mans with some success despite not finishing and that led Ford to approach Eric Broadley, then owner and chief designer of Lola to help them with the project that would become the GT40.

 

 It must be noted that the Lola Mark IV used a Ford 289 Cui. Engine and was similar in layout to the Mustang 1 concept and these facts must have been noticed by Ford management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 – 1964 – Lola Mark VI

 

The car that was to be the basis for the GT40, the Lola Mark VI, was designed in 1962/1963 using a monococue chassis as its basis, with inspiration to Colin Chapman’s then dominating Formula 1 car, the Lotus 25. The Ford 289Cui engine and gearbox were bolted directly directly to the chassis with the rear suspension being bolted to the transmission.  The inital chassis was steel, with the following two made of aluminium. The body designed was a very streamlined coupe.

 

The vehicle made its debut at the Daily Express meeting and driven by Maggs it finished 5th. Next up was the Nurburgring 1000Km where it retired with wheel nut issues. The second Mark VI Lola was ready for Le Mans scrutineering and other issues, not least gearing that was far too short, put the Lola at a severe disadvantage, however a very strong performance in the race had the car up 5th at one point before retiring with gearbox failure.

 

By this point the second and third cars had been built and one was sold to Japan, never to be raced, and the other had been sold to John Mecom. The Mecom car was fitted with a Chevrolet engine and raced widely in the USA. This was very embarassing for Ford who now considered the Lola Mark VI “their” car and they attempted to buy it back, which Mecom refused.

 

The three Lola Mark 6 (in brief)

 

#LGT/P – Prototype Mark 6 Lola

1963 – Daily Express Trophy – Maggs 5th

Nurburgring 1000KM – Maggs/ Olthoff Retired

1963 – Ford Motor Co. UK

1965 – Allen Grant UK (2009)

 

#LGT/1 – Lola Mark 6

1963 – Le Mans – Hobbs/ Attwood – Accident/ Retired

Ford UK for GT40 testing

Stored

2000 – Restored and sold

2001 – Japan

 

#LGT/3 – Lola Mark 6

1963 – Le Mans – Love/ Maggs Retired

Brands Hatch Guards Trophy – Pabst Retired

Chevrolet engine fitted

Nassau Speed week – Pabst 1st

1964 – Sebring 12 Hours Pabst/ Hansgen Retired

Crashed severely at Riverside

?? – Chuck Haines

Restored

1988 – Peter Kaus Germany

2006 – Bonhams Goodwood SOLD at UKP364,000

2006 – Unknown

Restored by Hall & Hall

2011 – offered by Hall & Hall

 

 

 

1963 – Development begins

 

June 1963 found a party of Roy Lunn, Carol Shelby and Ray Geddes travelling to Le Mans and then the UK to check out facilities and potential partners and initial discussions with Colin Chapman were explored. The Ford party soon realised that Chapman would not always take direction well and after meeting Eric Broadley found they had someone that could work within the corporate structure. Broadley quickly agreed to come on board, signing a 1 year contract and FoMoCo/ FAV purchased the two Lola Mark 6 that were still owned.

 

John Wyer, the ex. Aston Martin team manager was also hired for 3 years, to run the FAV racing team and to eventually develop a road going version of the new car. Meanwhile in the USA much design work had taken place with Len Bailey, Roy Lunn and others transferred to the UK to work in Broadley’s factory in Bromley, Kent.

 

 The new group quickly realised they needed their own space. Slough, very close to Heathrow airport was chosen. This location was incidentally very convenient, the airport being vital for expediential egress to and from racing internationally. One of the Lola’s was developed with proposed suspension changes planned for the new vehicle and tested at Goodwood and later Monza. An eventual mockup was tested in the FAV USA windtunnel and adjusted until a deisgn was finalised.

 A limiting factor was the windtunnel was limited to a maximum 125 MPH simulation, the resulting design limitations only becoming clear when actual racing commenced in 1964.

 

On the 16th of March 1964 the first Abbey Panels monococque chassis was delivered to FAV in Slough for building up as the GT prototype. 15 days later the prototype Ford GT was wheeled out to meet the press on the 1st of April, one can only imagine the excitement that this new car would have created. The car was then flown to New York where it was displayed in the Essex Hotel to the American media.

 

Finally, on the 3rd of April back at Slough, the first GT,chassis GT/101, underwent race preparation before testing on the 8th of April. The second car was completed by the 8th of April and both were tested at Silverstone on the 16th before being shipped to Le Mans for the trials on the 18th & 19th of April.

1964 – The genesis

 

The Team

 

FAV Manager

 

John Wyer (Team Manager, Aston Martin – 1959 Le Mans winner)

 

Drivers

 

Richard Attwood (1970 Le Mans winner)

Richie Ginther

Masten Gregory (1965 Le Mans winner)

Phil Hill (1961 Formula 1 Champion, 1958, 1961 & 1962 Le Mans winner

Bruce McLaren (1966 Le Mans winner)

Roy Salvadori (1959 Le Mans winner)

Jo Schlesser

 

With John Wyer as manager and a driver team including the winner’s of 7 Le Mans titles between them, the race team was a brilliant blend of speed and maturity. Big things were expected and this was compounded by the media both sought and unsought with many predicting the mix of Ford’s money, Broadleys ability and  the driving ability would bring instant success, unfortunately fate is never so kind.

 

Early season (Pre Nurburgring)

 

The First round of the 1964 World Sportscar Chamionship was the Daytona 2000KM held on the 16th of February contested by Ferrari with Chinetti entering the latest spec. 250 GTO/64 for Pedro  Rodriguez and Phill Hilland a 250 GTO/ LMB backed by 4 other privately entered 250 GTO’s. Against these were the three Shelby entered Cobra’s and the first ever entry of a Shelby Daytona Coupe which had pole. The usual entry of GT’s was headed by the Porsche 356 2000GS/GT and three Abarth – Porsche, various Triumph TR3’s and 4’s, various Corvettes, MG’s  and a Morgan Plus 4 AND TWO VOLVO 1800S’. The Cobra Daytona coupe led from pole with the 250 GTO/64 in second although somewhat slower than the Daytona, and fell into a wait and see mode.

Enlivened by Rodriguez’s tyre exploding mid race and the Daytona’s rear axle stiffening up.  Eventually the Daytona Coupe was being refuelled when fuel spilled onto the exhaust causing the car to self – imolliate. All of this left the Rodriguez/ Hill GTO/64 with a fairly safe 4 lap lead over two other GTO’s, another Shelby Cobra a fourth GTO and the Barth/ Linge Porsche GS/GT winning GT 2000.

 

The second round, the Sebring 12 Hours was held on the 21st of March and featured the works Ferrari P cars with the official entry of 2 275P’s for Parkes/ Maglioli and Scarfiotti/ Vaccarella and the 330P for Surtees/ Bandini, complented by the Ronnie Hoare 330P entry for Hill/ Bonnier and the NART 330P entry for Rodriguez/ Fulp, other Ferrari entries 2 250 GTO/64’s, 2 GTO’s and the prototype 250LM. The Shelby entry was of 3 of the newest Roadsters, the Daytona Coupe and a 427 Cui Road spec Mark 2 Roadster backed by  six other Cobra’s. Other entries included three Corvette Grand Sports (the ultimate Corvette), the Lola GT (the forerunner to the GT40), the Iso Rivolta, two of the GS/ GT Porsche’s and 5 904 GTS p –cars. Behind these were the usual tiddlers and GT’s from Lotus Cortina’s to Austin – Healeys. The Surtees 330P lead off pole from Rodriguez, Hill and Parkes with Gurney the highest ranked Shelby Cobra. Rodriguez was the first to drop with a broken gearbox, the 250LM also out after catching fire, the three  Cobra’s and the two Grand Sports were tailing the Ferrari’s although somewhat slower. Graham Hill had his gearbox explode and then Surtees had the underpan come loose and spent much time having it repaired and Scarfiotti had his F-car’s lights go out, literally. This left the Parkes/ Maglioli 275P in the lead and they were never challenged, winning from Scarfiotti/ Vaccarella and Surtees/ Bandini. Fourth was Holbert/ McDonald in the Daytona Coupe,  5th Bondurant/ Spencer and Schlesser/ Hill in Cobra’s, Piper/ Gammino in a 250 GTO/64, 8th Keck/ Scott in a Cobra and 9th and taking out Proto/GT3000 was Underwood/ Cunningham in a Porsche 904GTS.

 

18th/19thApril 1964 – Le Mans Trials

 

#17 Ferrari 275P (SEFAC – 0820) Ludovico Scarfiotti/C.M. Abate P 3’43″8

#18 Ferrari 330P (SEFAC -0822) John Surtees P 3’45″9

#19 Ferrari 250 LM (SEFAC) Mike Parkes P 3’47″1

#1 Maserati Tipo 151/1 (Maserati F) André Simon/Maurice Trintignant P 3’56″1

#85 Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet (priv) Fernand Tavano/Pierre Noblet P 4’13″4

#- Porsche 904-8 GTS (Porsche) Herbert Linge P 4’13″7

#9 Ford GT40 (F.A.V.- GT/101) Jo Schlesser P 4’21″8

#7 Sunbeam Tiger Sport (Rootes) Peter Procter/Mike Parkes P 4’26″4

#10 Ford GT40 (F.A.V. -GT/102) Roy Salvadori P 4’35″7

#45 Alpine-Renault A210 M65(works) Mauro Bianchi/José Rosinski P 4’45″5

#26 Rover-BRM (Owen Racing) Graham Hill P 4’50″2

#49 Triumph Sptfire (works) J-L Marnat/D.Hobbs/R Slotemaker P 4’54″7

 

FAV arrived at Le Mans on the 18th of April with high hopes for the new GT40. Unfortunately the hopes were not to last, both Schlesser and Salvadori finding the high speed handling extremely diffiocult. The aerodynamic issues were causing the cars to lighten on the Mulsanne straight, airflow causing the cars to suffer from lift. On the 18th Jo Schlesser was approaching the kink and lost GT/101 which was wrecked in the eventual crash. GT/102 was crashed by Salvadori on the 19th with only superficial damage but this brought the Le Mans trials to a premature end. Sobering must have been the reaction to the time recorded by both cars when the Ferrari’s were running 3 minute 40’s.

 

The next round of the World Sportscar Championship was the Targa Florio held on the 26th of April 1964, Porsche entering 6 cars, 1 718RS, 2 904GTS, 1 904/8, 1 GS/GT and 5 customer Porsche’s for good measure. Ferrari entered 2 semi – works 250 GTO/64’s, and there were 4 private GTO’s. Shelby entered no less than 5 Cobra’s, many for Americans who must have wondered why they had agreed to sign up for the trip. Other entries were the appropriate Alfa TZ’s and the usual assortment of mad Italian exotica including 2 ATS 2500GT’s, Osca’s, Alfa SZ’s, old Ferraris and Maseratis. The race started with the usual early retirements, the Porsche 718RS of Bonnier retiring on Lap 2, joined on Lap 5 by Bulgari/ Grana breaking their Porsche 904GTS Chassis, on lap 6 by Gregory/ Ireland crashing and on Lap 8 by the Cobra of Hill/ Bondurant breaking their suspension.  The usual Targa Florio attrition left the Pucci/ Davis 904GTS in the lead at the flag, Balzarini/ Linge 2nd in their 904GTS and the Alfa TZ of Bussinello/ Todaro in 3rd, the leading Ferrari was Taramazzo/ Ferlaino in their 250 GTO/64 in 5th and the leading Shelby Cobra the Gurney/ Grant car in 8th.

 

Following the Targa Florio on the 17th of May the Spa Francorchamps 500KM was the 4th round of the Championship and was run for GT cars. Major entries were the 7 Ferrari 250’s and 4 250 GTO/64’s and against them was the three Cobra roadsters and the Daytona Coupe, with two Aston Martin DP214  entries adding colour. The 2 litre class was as expected a Porsche 904GTS walkover 9 entered. The race quickly turned into a Ferrari procession with first Piper and then Parkes leading the field comfortably. The closest Cdobra was the 8th place car of Bondurant. Phil Hill in the Dayotna Coupe was slowed by a fuel starvation problem but after sorting that managed to scythe through the field although later troubles dropped him back. Parkes dominated the later stages and comfortably won from Guichet and Bandini all in “private” 250 GTO/64’s.

 

31/5/1964 – Nurburgring 1000KM

 

A full entry list was reached for the Nurburgring 1000KM with a large number of teams entering all of the World Sportscar championship and other teams using it as a training run for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The sole GT40 entered had some small modifications from the spec. used at the Le Mans trials with the driving lights moved to a position above the nose.

Qualifying found the GT40 splitting the Ferrari’s in second place with a very competitive time and showed the pace of the Prototype/ GT’s compared to the standard GT’s.  Two drivers were killed in practice, Brian Hetreed in the Aston Martin after suffering a tyre explosion and crashing mear Bergwerk and Rudolf Moser when he crashed his Porsche 904 near the end of the main straight. Further accidents took out 6 other race entrants.

 

Starting grid

 

1 – J. Surtees/ L. Bandini                               2 – P. Hill/ B. McLaren

Ferrari 275P (0822)                                          Ford GT40 (GT102)

8:57:9                                                                    9:04:7

 

3 – L. Scarfiotti/ N. Vaccarella                      4 – J. Bonnier/ R. Ginther

Ferrari 275P (0820)                                          Porsche 904/8 (#009)

9:05:9                                                                    9:08:8

 

5 – G. Hill/ I. Ireland                                        6 – C. Davis/ E. Barth

Ferrari 275P                                                        Porsche 904/8 (#008)

9:09:9                                                                    9:13:2

 

7 – T. Hitchcock/ G. Thiel                               8 – J. Blaton/ P. Dumay

Shelby Cobra (#CSX2155)                             Ferrari 250LM (#5843)

9:29:4                                                                    9:30:3

 

9 – U. Maglioli/ J. Rindt                                  10 – M. Parkes/ J. Guichet          

Ferrari 250LM (#5909)                                    Ferrari 250 GTO/64 (#5573)

9:31:4                                                                    9:32:5

 

The race started dry, although as ever at the Nordschlieife, rain wasn’t far away. Leading away was Surtees in the leading 275P with Davis’ Porsche in second and the GT40 in third. Phil Hill soon took 2nd in the GT40 and Graham Hill got hid Ferrari into 3rd.Behind them Parkes had the works GTO/64 up into the lead of GT 3000, with a safe distance between him and the first of the Cobra’s.  Graham Hill eventually passed both the GT40 and then Scarfiotti’s Ferrari and the two Ferrari’s battled for many laps. Piper in his GTO also moved up through the field to challenge Parkes’ GTO/64.

Following the first round of pitstops McLaren (in for Hill) went out in third place in the GT40 only to return one lap later with a broken radius arm, causing the cars retirement. At this point the race settled into a 1-2-3 for Ferrari with Vaccarella (in for Scarfiotti) leading Bandini (in for Surtees) and Ireland (in for Hill). The situation was not last with Ireland’s rather brisk driving causing him to run out of fuel out on the circuit and after some rather spurious refuelling out on the track and handing over to Hill, the car being black flagged one lap later. In the last section of the race Surtees had a hub shear putting him out of the race and leaving Scarfiotti/ Vaccarella with a commanding lead over the second placed Parkes/ Guichet.

Being the Nurburgring the last part of the race had not just rain, but a full storm which slowed the leaders enough to allow the much delayed Bonnier to make it up to fifth while everyone around him went into defence modes. Following the race the GT40 entered (#GT102) was taken back to Slough where all of welds throughout the car where strengthened significantly. 

 

GT/102 – Phil Hill/ McLaren (FAV) Prototype/ GT+3000 – Retired (Broken suspension)

 

Result

 

Pos # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

144

Ludovico Scarfiotti/Nino Vaccarella Ferrari 275P [0820] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

44

3

2

83

Mike Parkes/Jean Guichet/Carlo Mario Abate*/Umberto Maglioli* Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5573] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

43

10

3

45

Gerhard Koch/Ben Pon Porsche 904 GTS [055] Ben Pon

43

12

4

74

Lucien Bianchi/Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Pierre Dumay* Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5575] Ecurie Francorchamps

43

16

5

126

Jo Bonnier/Richie Ginther/Edgar Barth^ Porsche 904/8 [009] Porsche

42

4

6

55

Herbert Müller/André Knörr Porsche 904 GTS [079] Filipinetti

42

26

7

72

David Piper/Tony Maggs Ferrari 250 GTO [4491] David Piper

42

19

8

65

Jo Siffert/Heinz Schiller Porsche 904 GTS [069] Heinz Schiller

42

17

9

50

David Hobbs/Lloyd Casner Porsche 904 GTS [025] S. M. A. R. T.

42

15

10

63

Andrea Vianini/Nasif Estefano Porsche 904 GTS [078] Andrea Vianini

42

23

11

66

Heini Walter/Rudolf Jenzer Porsche 904 GTS [033] Heini Walter

42

21

12

46

Herbert Linge/Gerhard Mitter/Colin Davis* Porsche 904 GTS [006] Porsche

41

11

13

34

Giampiero Biscaldi/Ernst Furtmayr/Alfonso Thiele* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Sant Ambroeus

41

34

14

35

Roberto Bussinello/Giorgio Pianta/Giampiero Biscaldi* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Sant Ambroeus

41

39

15

36

Günther Klass/Sepp Greger Porsche 356B 2000GS GT [122-991] Günther Klass

41

29

16

8

Hans Herrmann/Fritz Jüttner Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Abarth

41

33

17

43

Günther Selbach/Herbert Schultze Porsche 904 GTS [054] Günther Selbach

41

20

18

75

Gustave Gosselin/Francis van Lysbeth Ferrari 250 GTO [4153] E. Francorchamps

40

27

19

138

Pierre Noblet/Edgar Berney Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet Pierre Noblet

40

32

20

76

Manfred Ramminger/Herbert Schander Ferrari 250 GTO [4115] Manfred Ramminger

40

31

21

7

Roger Delageneste/Walter Schneider/Fritz Juettner* Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Abarth

40

41

22

6

Tommy Spychinger/Herbert Müller/Roger Delageneste* Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Abarth

40

42

23

99

Jo Schlesser/Richard Attwood Shelby Cobra [CSX2301] Shelby American Inc.

39

18

24

119

Andrew Hedges/Keith Greene MG Midget Dick Jacobs

39

45

25

98

Warwick Banks/Patrick McNally Jaguar E-type Patrick McNally

39

51

26

81

Hans-Peter Koepchen/Erich Bitter Ferrari 250 GT SWB [1917] Erich Bitter

39

47

27

118

Alan T. Foster/Christopher Martyn MG Midget Richard W. Jacobs

39

55

28

78

Peter Clarke/Dan Margulies Ferrari 250 GTO [3757] Peter Clarke

38

46

29

122

Clive Baker/William Bradley Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Donald Healey

38

59

30

67

Bernhard Rayers/Antonio Pucci Porsche 904 GTS [046] Bernhard Rayers

38

49

31

18

Gerhard Bodmer/Dieter Schmid Glas 1300 GT Gerhard Bodmer

38

56

32

10

Hans-Dieter Dechent/Anton Fischhaber Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Hans-Dieter Dechent

37

28

33

28

Günther Schwarz/Hermann Dorner Porsche 356B Carrera Lufthansa

37

50

34

32

Freddy Semoulin/Teddy Pilette/Andre Welcker* Lotus Elan Andre Welcker

36

66

35

53

Ludwig Walter/Ulrich Rose Porsche 904 GTS Hessen

36

69

NRF

23

Franco Patria/Kurt Ahrens, Jr./Hans Herrmann* Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Abarth

35

37

37

113

John Miles/Peter Jackson Diva GT Ford Peter Jackson

35

65

38

108

Heinz Gilges/Peter Otto Martini – BMW Willi Martini

35

71

NRF

137

Umberto Maglioli/Jochen Rindt/Gotfrid Koechert* Ferrari 250LM [5909] Gottfried Koechert

34

9

40

106

Heinrich Hülbüsch/Kurt Louis/Hubert Hahne* Martini – BMW Willi Martini

34

67

41

19

Pietro Laureati/Secondo Ridolfi Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Sagittario

34

58

42

107

Holger Heine/Anselm von Oertzen Martini – BMW Willi Martini

34

77

43

5

Girolama Capra/Fernando Wissel/Luciano Galli* Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Scuderia Sant Ambroeus

34

54

44

3

Robert Bouharde/Roland Charriére René Bonnet Djet Renault René Bonnet

34

78

45

1

Philippe Farjon/Serge Lelong/Michel Fougeray* René Bonnet Djet Renault René Bonnet

34

81

46

143

John Surtees/Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 275P [0822] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

32

1

NRF

96

Bob 12/Paul Hawkins Shelby-Ford Cobra [CSX2130] Willment Racing

32

25

48

61

John H. Gaston/Adrian Dence/Keith Aitchison* TVR Grantura TVR

31

64

49

4

Jean Augereau/Georges Bonnet René Bonnet Djet Renault René Bonnet

31

83

DNF

27

Manfred Abels/Robert F. Huhn Porsche 356 Lufthansa

29

48

DNF

142

Graham Hill/Innes Ireland Ferrari 275P Maranello C

28

5

DNF

93

Peter Lumsden/Peter Sargent Jaguar E-type [S850663] Peter Lumsden

28

36

DNF

15

Pierre de Siebenthal/Hermann Windler Lotus Elite Pierre de Siebenthal

27

60

DNF

44

Marcel van Bierbeek/Emile-Claude Clemens Porsche 904 GTS [084] E. Francorchamps?

24

30

DNF

14

Friedhelm Thiessen/Ludwig Hammer Glas 1300 GT Friedhelm Thiessen

24

70

DNF

136

Jack Fairman/John Coundley Lister – Jaguar Coupé John Coundley

23

68

DNF

120

Mauro Bianchi/José Rosinski Alpine M64 Renault [1709] Automobiles Alpine

21

84

DNF

57

Chris Lawrence/Philip H. Arnold/Gordon Spice* Morgan Plus 4 [633-2502] Lawrence Eng.

21

57

DNF

88

Peter Lindner/Peter Nöcker Jaguar E-type [S850662] Peter Lindner

17

13

DNF

140

Phil Hill/Bruce McLaren Ford GT40 [102] FAV

15

2

DNF

121

Andy Moffat/Peter Gethin Diva GT Ford Freeze Racing

14

76

DNF

9

Raymond Nash/Anthony Kilburn Marcos Fastback Ford Raymond Nash

14

62

DNF

33

Jean Rolland/Fernand Masoero/Ernst Furtmayr^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia St. Ambroeus

12

35

DNF

101

Bob Bondurant/Jochen Neerspasch Shelby Cobra [CSX2345] Shelby American Inc.

12

14

DNF

17

Chris Ashmore/Roger Mac Lotus Elite Chris Ashmore

11

61

DNF

127T

Colin Davis/Edgar Barth Porsche 904 GTS [008] Porsche

10

6

DNF

112

Martyn H. Ryan/R. M. Wilson Deep Sanderson 301 BMC Martyn H. Ryan

10

80

DNF

134

Jean Blaton/Pierre Dumay/Lucien Bianchi* Ferrari 250LM [5843] E. Francorchamps

9

8

DNF

30

John Whitmore/Tony Hegbourne Lotus Elan Ian Walker

9

38

DNF

109

Georg Bialas/Sepp Liebl/Kurt Louis^ Martini – BMW Willi Martini

8

74

DNF

59

Simon Scrimgeour/John Glyde Walker^ Turner Sprint JG Walker

7

63

DNF

110

Henri Grandsire/Jean Vinatier^/Jose Rosinski* Alpine M63B Renault [1708] Automobiles Alpine

5

52

DNF

117

Roger Nathan/Gordon Jones^ Marcos Gullwing Ford Roger Nathan

5

53

DNF

11

Karl Foitek/Gebi Lippuner^/Willy Franz^ Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Squadra Foitek

5

72

DNF

77

Picko Troberg/Chris Amon^/Picko Troberg* Ferrari 250 GTO [3445] Ulf Norinder

4

24

DNF

2

Pierre Monneret/Bruno Basini^ René Bonnet Djet René Bonnet

3

79

DNF

91

Peter Sutcliffe/Richard Stoop^ Jaguar E-type [S850666] Peter Sutcliffe

2

22

DNF

95

Tommy Hitchcock/Gunter Thiel^/Zourab Tchkotoua* Shelby Cobra [CSX2155] Tommy Hitchcock

2

7

DNF

129

Leo Cella/Marco Crosina^ Lancia Flavia S Zagato Leo Cella

2

44

DNF

123

Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Gérard Laureau^ René Bonnet Djet René Bonnet

0

43

DNF

49

Leon Dernier/André Pilette^/Pierre Noblet* Porsche 904 GTS [040] E.Francorchamps

0

40

 
 

21-22nd June 1964 – Le Mans 24 Hours

 

The Le Mans 24 Hour race, the most important race of the season, was held on the 21st and 22nd of June. The race saw many new entrants, especially in the smaller categories, and peak entries from Porsche (6 904’s and 2 904/8’s), Ferrari’s (4 250 GTO’s, 2 250LM’s, 6 P car’s) and Ford (3 GT40’s). Ford also had 2 Shelby Dayona Coupe’s entered by Carrol Shelby and Briggs Cunningham and 2 standard Cobra Roadster’s. Throughout  practice it looked likely to be yet another Ferrari benefit, they had one 5 of the last 6  Le Mans races, with only the GT40’s standing in their way, and they had to actually finish, something that looked unlikely.

Practice showed how close the Ferrari’s and Ford’s were with them sharing the top 4 places, the top 10 starting positions were;

 

1 – J. Surtees/ L. Bandini                               2 – R. Ginther/ M. Gregory

Ferrari 330P (#0822)                                        Ford GT40 (#GT103)

3:42:00                                                                  3:45:3

 

3 – P. Rodriguez/ S. Hudson                        4 – P. Hill/ B. McLaren

Ferrari 330P (0810)                                          Ford GT40 (#GT102)

3:45:5                                                                    3:45:9

 

5 – G. Hill/ J. Bonnier                                      6 – M. Parkes/ L. Scarfiotti

Ferrari 330P (#0818)                                        Ferrari 275P (#0820)

3:47:2                                                                    3:49:0

 

7 – J. Guichet/ N. Vaccarella                        8 – D. Piper/ J. Rindt

Ferrari 275P (#0816)                                        Ferrari 250LM (#5909)

3:51:0                                                                    3:53:9

 

9 – R. Attwood/ J. Schlesser                        10 – D. Gurney/ B. Bondurant

Ford GT40 (#GT104)                                        Shelby Daytona (#CSX2299)

3:55:4                                                                    3:56:1

 

The race started at 4PM on the 21st in cold but dry conditions with the Ferraris jumping into the lead after the usual “Le Mans” start. This only lasted half a lap with Baghetti stopping out on the circuit with a badly damaged clutch, taking over an hour to get going again. Other first lap incidents were Piper retiring the 250LM and Dumay spinning and surviving in the other 250LM. During the second lap Ginther in the GT40 managed to gain the lead, however the other two weren’t fairing so well with Attwood well down the field and Hill having numerous problems with misfiring.

Parkes became the second Ferrari P – car driver to suffer problems with engine problems, and later retired with a broken clutch. Ginther led comfortably and only Rodriguez in the NART entered 330P could keep up. A bungled first pit stop put Gregory (in for Ginther) behind Surtees, Rodriguez retiring with a broken driveshaft. At around 8PM however, tragedy struck with first Attwood/ Schlesser’s entry catching fire and then 5 laps later Ginther/ Gregory out with a broken gearbox. This left Hill/ McLaren in 23rd but running well. Similarly the Trintignant/ Simon Maserati was running very well only giving up the ghost 9 hours into the race. Unfortunately, during the night hours Peter Bolton in the Cobra spun and was collected by the Ferrari of Baghetti causing the Ferrari to slide off track near Maison Blanche killing three spectators in a out – of – bounds area.  At midnight Surtees/ Bandini lead from Guichet/ Vaccarella, Hill/ Bonnier, Gurney/ Bondurant in the Daytona, Barth/ Linge and Hill/ McLaren in the GT40 holding down 6th. Two hours later Bonnier had a throttle cable break in the 2nd place P-car moving Hill/ McLaren up to 5th.

A strange accident happened during the very early morning when Marnat’s spitfire had an issue with fumes from the exhaust entering the cockpit making the driver disorientated and eventually crashing.  The GT40 of Hill/ McLaren kept moving up until it was in 4th at 5AM looking at a remarkable result before the inevitable struck and it retired with a broken gearbox at 5.30AM. This left the Ferrari of Guichet/ Vaccarella in the lead from Hill/ Bonnier, Surtees/ Bandini and Gurney/ Bondurant, who had a remarkable run in the big Shelby Coupe.

 

GT40

 

GT/102 – Phill Hill/ Bruce McLaren (FAV) – Retired (Gearbox)

GT/103 – Richie Ginther/ Maste Gregory (FAV) – Retired (Gearbox)

GT/104 – Richard Attwood/ Jo Schlesser (FAV) – Retired (Fire)

 

Result

Pos # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

20

Jean Guichet/Nino Vaccarella Ferrari 275P [0816] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

349

7

2

14

Graham Hill/Jo Bonnier Ferrari 330P [0818] Maranello C

344

5

3

19

John Surtees/Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 330P [0822] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

337

1

4

5

Dan Gurney/Bob Bondurant Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2299] Shelby Americans Ltd.

334

10

5

24

Lucien Bianchi/Jean Blaton/Georges Berger*/Gerard Langlois von Ophem* Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5575] Equipe Nationale Belge

333

19

6

25

Innes Ireland/Tony Maggs/Jackie Stewart^ Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [4399] Maranello Concessionaires

328

20

7

34

Robert Buchet/Guy Ligier Porsche 904 GTS [021] Auguste Veuillet

323

26

8

33

Ben Pon/Henk van Zalinge Porsche 904 GTS [055] Racing Team Holand

319

28

9

27

Fernand Tavano/Bob Grossman Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5573] NART/ Tavano

315

22

10

31

Gerhard Koch/Heinz Schiller Porsche 904 GTS [006] Porsche System Engineering

315

30

11

35

Herbert Müller/Claude Sage Porsche 904 GTS [079] Scuderia Filipinetti

309

29

12

32

Jacques Dewez/Jean Kerguen Porsche 904 GTS [041] Jacques Dewez

308

24

13

57

Roberto Bussinello/Bruno Deserti/Gianni Bulgari*/Fernand Masoero* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia St. Ambroeus

307

16

14

1

Pierre Noblet/Edgar Berney/Fernand Tavano^ Iso Rivolta [BO 207] Auguste Veuillet

307

32

15

41

Giancarlo Sala/Giampiero Biscaldi/Roberto Bussinello^/Bruno Bonini^/Jean Rolland* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia St. Ambroeus

305

33

16

23

Pierre Dumay/Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Jean Blaton*/Lucien Bianchi* Ferrari 250LM [5843] Equipe Nationale Belge

298

11

17

46

Roger Delageneste/Henry Morrogh/Mauro Bianchi^/Jose Rosinski^ Alpine M64 Renault [1711] Société Automobiles Alpine

292

36

18

64

Jean de Mortemart/Régis Fraissinet A.C. Cobra [COX6010] Société Chardonnet

289

41

19

37

Andrew Hedges/Paddy Hopkirk MG B [ADO 23/986] British Motor Co.

287

35

20

59

Roger Masson/Teodoro Zeccoli/Henri Grandsire^/Philippe Vidal^ Alpine M63 Renault [1708] Société Automobiles Alpine

284

43

21

50

David Hobbs/Rob Slotemaker/Jean-Francois Piot^ Triumph Spitfire Standard Triumph

272

48

22

43

Clive Hunt/John Wagstaff Lotus Elite [41-10391] Team Elite

266

47

23

52

Philippe Farjon/Serge Lelong/Bruno Basini^/Roland Charriére^/Jean-Pierre Beltoise*/Robert Bouharde* René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault Automobiles René Bonnet

260

53

24

53

Clive Baker/William Bradley Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Donald Healey Motor Co.

257

50

NRF

30

Colin Davis/Gerhard Mitter Porsche 904/8 [008] Porsche System Engineering

244

18

NRF

18

Mike Salmon/Peter Sutcliffe Aston DP214[0194/R] Michael Salmon

235

14

NC

47

Mauro Bianchi/Jean Vinatier/Jose Rosinski*/Roger Delageneste* Alpine M63 Renault [1710] Automobiles Alpine

230

42

DNF

48

Robert Bouharde/Michel de Bourbon-Parme/Gerard Laureau*/Jean-Pierre Beltoise* René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault René Bonnet

216

46

DNF

10

Phil Hill/Bruce McLaren/Roy Salvadori^ Ford GT40 [102] Ford Motor Co.

192

4

DNF

16

Peter Lindner/Peter Nöcker Jaguar E-type [S850662] Peter Lindner

149

23

DNF

65

Jean-Francois Piot/Jean-Louis Marnat Triumph Spitfire [X937] Standard Triumph

140

52

DNF

29

Edgar Barth/Herbert Linge Porsche 904/8 [009] Porsche

139

21

DNF

54

Henri Grandsire/Philippe Vidal/Roger Masson^/Jean Vinatier^/Jose Rosinski* Alpine M63 Renault [1709] Société Automobiles Alpine

133

40

DNF

6

Jochen Neerspasch/Chris Amon/Jo Schlesser^/Phil Hill^/Briggs Cunningham* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2287] B. S. Cunningham

131

17

DNF

45

Guy Verrier/Pierre Lelong/Pierre Orsini* C.D. 3 Panhard SEC C. D.

124

55

DNF

9

Peter Procter/Jimmy Blumer Sunbeam Tiger Ford [B9499998] Rootes Group

118

31

DNF

26

Ed Hugus/José Rosinski/John Fulp* Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5571] NART

110

25

DNF

2

Maurice Trintignant/André Simon Maserati Tipo 151/1 [002] Maserati France

99

15

DNF

17

Peter Lumsden/Peter Sargent Jaguar E-type [S850663] P. J. Sargent

80

27

DNF

3

Jack Sears/Peter Bolton A.C. Cobra Coupe [A98] A.C. Cars Ltd.

77

13

DNF

44

André Guilhaudin/Alain Bertaut C.D. 3 Panhard SEC C. D.

77

54

DNF

21

Mike Parkes/Ludovico Scarfiotti/Carlo Mario Abate^ Ferrari 275P [0820] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

71

6

DNF

22

Giancarlo Baghetti/Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 275P [0812] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

68

12

DNF

11

Richie Ginther/Masten Gregory/Richard Attwood*/Jo Schlesser* Ford GT40 [103] Ford Motor Co.

63

2

DNF

56

Pierre Monneret/Jean-Claude Rudaz/Michel de Bourbon-Parme* René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault René Bonnet

62

44

DNF

12

Richard Attwood/Jo Schlesser/Phil Hill*/Dan Gurney* Ford GT40 [104] Ford Motor Co.

58

9

DNF

15

Pedro Rodriguez/Skip Hudson/A.J.Foyt* Ferrari 330P [0810] NART

58

3

DNF

55

Gérard Laureau/Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Pierre Monneret*/Roland Charriere* René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault René Bonnet

54

37

DNF

40

Jean Rolland/Fernand Masoero/Giampiero Biscaldi^/Roberto Bussinello^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia St. Ambroeus

47

38

DNF

60

Bruno Basini/Roland Charriére/Philippe Farjon^/Serge Lelong^ René Bonnet RB5 Renault René Bonnet

44

45

DNF

8

Keith Ballisat/Claude Dubois/Mike Parkes^/Peter Proctor^ Sunbeam Tiger Ford Rootes Group

37

32

DNF

49

Mike Rothschild/Bob Tullius^/David Hobbs^/Rob Slotemaker^/Jean-Louis Marnat^ Triumph Spitfire [X985] Standard Triumph

23

51

DNF

42

Chris J. Lawrence/Gordon Spice^/Hugh Braithwaite^ Deep Sanderson 301 BMC Lawrence Tune Engineering

13

49

DNF

38

René Richard/Pierre Gelé^/Bernard Consten* Lotus Elan Royal Elysées

7

39

DNF

58

David Piper/Jochen Rindt^ Ferrari 250LM [5909] NART

0

8

 

5th July 1964 – Reims

 

Starting grid

 

1 – J. Surtees/ L. Bandini                               2 – R. Ginther/ M. Gregory

Ferrari 250LM (#5909)                                    Ford GT40 (#GT103)

2:19:2                                                                    2:20:0

 

3 – B. McLaren/ P. Hill                                   4 – G. Hill/ J. Bonnier

Ford GT40 (GT102)                                          Ferrari 250LM (#5907)

2:20:3                                                                    2:22:0

 

5 – D. Gurney/ B. Bondurant                       6 – R. Attwood/ J. Schlesser

Shelby Daytona (#CSX2299)                        Ford GT40 (#GT105)

2:23:9                                                                    2:24:2   

 

7 – JG. Von Ophem/ J. Blaton                     8 – M. Trintignant/ M. Simon

Ferrari 250LM (#5843)                                    Maserati 151/1

2:25:5                                                                    2:26:4

 

9 – M. Parkes/ L. Scarfiotti                           10 – I. Ireland/ J. Neerspach

Ferrari 250GTO/64 (#4399)                           Shelby Daytona (#CSX2287)

2:27:0                                                                    2:28:4

 

The Rheims (Reims) 12 Hours race on the 5th of July 1964 was held mainly for the GT cars, with very few Prototype entries, Ferrari SPA didn’t enter any vehicles, leaving the star drivers to drive for privateer teams. There were still 9 F-cars with 4 64 spec GTO’s, 2 standard GTO’s and 2 of the new 250 Le Mans entered. Against this Ford entries were the 3 GT40’s as seen at Le Mans, and 2 Shelby Daytona Coupe’s. Flavour was provided for by several French entries such as the Alpine – Renault’s and 2 Lightweight Jaguar E- Types, no less than 9 904GTS Porsche’, the Maserati 151/1 and the Iso Rivolta. As expected the GT40’s, Shelby’s and Ferrari’s were at the pointy end of the grid.  

The Reims race was always unusual in that it started at midnight and finished at noon, and in 1964 began with a slipstreaming fight between Graham Hill and John Surtees in 250 Le Mans and Ginthers GT40, with the lead changing each lap. Every other entry had settled down into a steady rhythm However after just 40 minutes the first GT40 retirement occurred with Ginther having gearbox failure, Attwood took over in third, albeit a very distant third. Dawn saw the other GT40’s retire with first Schlesser having an oil leak followed quickly by Phil Hill’s engine exploding.

This left the two 250 Le Mans with a commanding lead over the Parkes/ Scarfiotti GTO/64, and still fighting away on the lead lap. This was only changed when, with 15 minutes to go, Surtees first ran out of brakes and had a flat tyre dropping him one lap behind Hill and Bonniers victorious entry. The two Shelby Daytona Coupe’s were again fast but fragile with the Ireland/ Neerspasch and Gurney/ Bondurant entries out with brokem gearboxes.

 

GT40

 

GT/102 – Phill Hill/ Bruce McLaren (FAV) – Retired (Gearbox)

GT/103 – Richie Ginther/ Maste Gregory (FAV) – Retired (Engine)

GT/105 – Richard Attwood/ Jo Schlesser (FAV) – Retired (Gearbox)

 

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

7

Graham Hill/Jo Bonnier Ferrari 250LM [5907] Maranello

296

2

8

John Surtees/Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 250LM [5909] NART

295

3

25

Mike Parkes/Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [4399] Maranello

279

4

24

David Piper/Tony Maggs Ferrari 250 GTO [4491] David Piper

273

14 

5

44

Andrea Vianini/Nasif Estefano Porsche 904 GTS [078] Andrea Vianini

273

22 

6

42

Gerhard Koch/Gerhard Mitter Porsche 904 GTS Porsche

271

20 

7

39

Ben Pon/Rob Slotemaker Porsche 904 GTS Racing Team Holland

270

25 

8

16

Dick Protheroe/John Coundley Jaguar E-type [EC1001] Dick Protheroe

270

18 

9

28

Lucien Bianchi/Pierre Dumay Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5575] Equipe Nationale Belge

269

15 

10

36

Robert Buchet/Guy Ligier Porsche 904 GTS [021] Auguste Veuillet

268

23 

11

26

Pedro Rodriguez/Nino Vaccarella/Skip Hudson* Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5571] NART

264

11 

12

38

Herbert Müller/André Knörr Porsche 904 GTS [079] Scuderia Filipinetti

262

21 

13

37

Annie Soisbault/Claude Dubois Porsche 904 GTS [095] Equipe National Belge

262

26 

14

17

Peter Sutcliffe/William Bradley Jaguar E-type [S850666] Peter Sutcliffe

261

17 

15

40

Henk van Zalinge/David van Lennep Porsche 904 GTS Racing Team Holland

260

18 

16

43

Jacques Dewez/Jean Kerguen Porsche 904 GTS [041] Jacques Dewez

250

27 

17

29

Chris Amon/Jackie Stewart/Ulf Norinder* Ferrari 250 GTO [3445] Ulf Norinder

248

24 

18

51

Roger Delageneste/Henry Morrogh Alpine M64 Renault [1711] Automobiles Alpine

241

31 

19

50

José Rosinski/Henri Grandsire Alpine M64 Renault [1709] Automobiles Alpine

239

30 

20

49

Mauro Bianchi/Jean Vinatier Alpine M64 Renault [1710] Automobiles Alpine

218

29 

DNF

27

Bob Grossman/Skip Hudson Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [5573] NART

 

16 

DNF

9

Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Jean Blaton Ferrari 250LM [5843] Equipe National Belge

 

DNF

3

Maurice Trintignant/André Simon Maserati Tipo 151/1 [002] Maserati France

 

DNF

4

Bruce McLaren/Phil Hill Ford GT40 [102] Ford Motor Co.

 

DNF

14

Innes Ireland/Jochen Neerspasch Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2287] SAI

 

10 

DNF

6

Richard Attwood/Jo Schlesser Ford GT40 [105] Ford Motor Co.

 

DNF

52

Philippe Vidal/Jacques Maglia Alpine M63 Renault [1708] Alpine

 

32 

DNF

54

Robert Bouharde/Jean Vinatier René Bonnet Aérodjet René Bonnet

 

 35

DNF

60

Philippe Farjon/Serge Lelong René Bonnet Djet Renault René Bonnet

 

 37

DNF

33

Edgar Barth/Colin Davis/Herbert Linge^ Porsche 904/8 [009] Porsche

51

13 

DNF

2

Pierre Noblet/Edgar Berney Iso Rivolta Auguste Veuillet

 

12 

DNF

5

Richie Ginther/Masten Gregory Ford GT40 [103] Ford Motor Co.

 

DNF

15

Dan Gurney/Bob Bondurant^ Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2299] SAI

 

DNF

56

Jean-Francois Piot/Alain Bertaut^ Triumph Spitfire Standard Triumph

 

 36

DNF

41

Jo Siffert/Heinz Schiller^ Porsche 904 GTS Heinz Schiller

 

19 

DNF

53

Jean-Pierre Beltoise/Gérard Laureau^ René Bonnet Djet René Bonnet

 

34 

DNF

46

Bernard Collomb/André Wicky^ Lotus Elan Wicky Racing Team

 

33 

 

Post Reims/ Pre Nassau

 

The next major event was the Tourist Trophy held at Goodwood in the UK on the 29th August 1964 with a moderate entry of Prototype’s including two Ferrari’s a 250 LM for Piper and a 330P for Graham Hill. Primary competition was from two Shelby Daytona Coupe’s for Dan Gurney and Phil Hill, a Willment entered Daytona Coupe for Bob Olthoff, several GTO’s and unusually many Group 7 entries that are not normally allowed in WSC events. These included Lotus – Climax 19’s, Jim Clark’s Lotus – Ford 30, Brabham BT8 – Climax for Hulme and others and Bruce McLarens Cooper – Oldsmobile that took pole.

The early part of the race was purely between Clark and McLaren with Hulme in a very distant third. McLaren’s race ended with clutch issues and Clark looked like he would cruise home until his first pitstop where he couldn’t restart the car. Hulme also having major problems ignition problems, Clark eventually got going again, and the problem recurred causing a second much longer stop, leaving Graham Hill in the 330P in the lead from Piper in the 250 Le Mans. The Gurney Daytona Coupe had a comfortable win in GT over Ireland’s GTO ’64.

 

The Bridgehampton Double 500KM was held on the 20th of September 1964 and had a strong entry list of American exotica mixed with Ferraris and Shelby’s. The main contenders included Walt Hansgen’s Scarab – Chevrolet, Pedro Rodriguez’ NART Ferrari 275P, Scarfiotti’ NART 330P, and Shermon Decker in a Cooper Monaco – Ford. Further entries came from another 330P, 2 250 Le Mans, and no less than 10 Cobra’s, of which 5 were Shelby entries. The race was between Hansgen in the Scarab and everyone else, Hansgen having lapped everyone up to the third place Decker within the first third of the race before taking it easy and coasting to the win.

Rodriguez fought Decker for second until Decker slowed 10 laps from home and dropped out of contention. This left the finish order of Hansgen, Rodriguez, Grossman, Miles in the first Shelby Cobra and Fulp.

 

The last WSC race was the Paris 1000KM held on the 11th of October 1964 which saw a depleted entry of one Ronnie Hoare’s 330P for Graham Hill/ Jo Bonnier, with other fast entries coming from 4 250 Le Mans, 2 GTO’s, 3 GTO/64’s, the Iso Grifo and the usual fleet of 904’s. The race was between Graham Hill in the lead 330P and everyone else, with several 250 Le Mans leading the chasing bunch. Rain at the halfway mark lead to problems on the Monthlery banking non more worse off than Peter Lindner in the lightweight E – Type who spun coming off the banking crashing into thwe Patria Abarth, that was stopped in the pits, killing both drivers and three marshalls. The eventual result was Hill/ Bonnier, Rodriguez/ Schlesser – GTO/64, Barth/ Davis – 904/8, Maggs/ Piper – GTO, Bianchi/ van Ophem – GTO

 

29/11/1964 – Nassau Tourist Trophy

 

The fourth and last event for the GT40’s in 1964 was the Nassau TT, intended to show the world the speed and the ability of the GT40. The rather minor race turned into a disaster due to identical front suspension failures. This left the old enemy Chevrolet to win from several Fords and Shelbys.

 

GT40

 

GT/103 – Phil Hill (FAV) – Retired (Suspension)

GT/104 – Bruce McLaren (FAV) – Retired (Suspension) ?

 

Result

 

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps

1

82

Roger Penske Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (005) Mecom Racing

23

2

3

Walt Hansgen Ferrari 250LM [6047] Mecom Racing

23

3

90

Bob Grossman Ferrari 250LM (5909) NA

23

4

92

Bob Johnson Shelby Cobra (CSX2189) NA

23

5

13

Tom Payne Shelby Cobra (CSX2430) Shelby

23

6

11

Pedro Rodriguez Ferrari 250GTO/64 (5571) NART

23

7

68

Jack Ryan Porsche 904 GTS (043) NA

22

8

70

Tom Fleming Ferrari 250GTO (3767) NART

21

9

199

Skip Scott Ford Mustang N/A

21

10

47

David Lane Porsche 904 GTS (051) NA

21

11

55

Lee Cutler Porsche 904 GTS (086) NA

21

12

14

Peter Gregg Porsche 904 GTS [068] Gregg

21

13

74

Don Sesslar Sunbeam Tiger NA  

14

34

Peter Pulver Lotus Elan Duchess  

15

26

Mike Kurkjian Porsche 356 Abarth NA  

16

86

Art Swanson Abarth – Simca 1300 NA  

17

81

Jorge Torruellas Porsche 356 Abarth NA  

18

136

K. Hall Chevrolet Corvette N/A  

19

96

Richard Holquist Abarth – Simca 1300 NA  

20

84

William Haenelt Alpine A110 NA  

21

22

Layman Fiat – Abarth NA

 

DNF

98

Ken Miles Shelby Cobra (CSX2129) NA

 

23rd

3

Jack Saunders Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (003) Mecom Racing

 

24th

37

Howard Hanna Rene Bonnet Djet NA

 

DNF

89

Hans Schenk Shelby Cobra NA

 

DNF

6

Phil Hill Ford GT40 [103] Ford Motor Co.

 

DNF

52

Ray Stoutenburg Fiat Abarth NA

 

DNF

87

John Norwood Renault Dauphine NA

 

DNF

007

Sydney Oakes Sunbeam Tiger NA

 

DNF

29

Anatoly Aruntunoff Lancia Appia NA

 

DNF

131

P. Dion Morris Mini Cooper NA  

DNF

19

Dan Gerber Shelby Cobra (CSX2138) NA

 

DNF

18

Art Riley Volvo P1800 NA

 

DNF

  Ralph Noseda Shelby Cobra (CSX2137) NA

 

DNF

51

Ray Heppenstall BMW Coupe NA

 

DNF

77

Jody Porter Abarth – Simca 1300 NA

 

DNF

61

Fred Ashplant Lotus Elan NA

 

DNF

83

Paul Richards Alpine M63 NA

 

 

1964 – Less Racing, more development

 

At the end of 1964 it was clear that the Ford GT, now known as the GT40 had been rushed into competition with not nearly enough testing. The limitations of the design, especially the windtunnel design work had resulted in several unseen issues. Other unexpected issues were the continual unreliability of the Ford 256 Cui engine, the Ford 289 Cui engine being better suited to the job and the more problematic Colotti transmission which was not particularly fragile but didn’t like the wear and tear of Sports car racing.

 

The car was modified after its entry at the Le Mans trials with much work done to ensure stability and low drag. To this end a spoiler was fitted to the cars entered at the Nurburgring. The tail was subtly modified towards its final shape throughout the year.

 

A major change was the introduction of the 427 Cui idea, which Ford executives had considered from the get – go. While a reasonably simple idea of adding more power, the reality was somewhat different. Primarily, the development of this car could be said to have undermined the ability of FoMoCo to focus on the 289 Cui Mark I and although the 427 Cui Mark II showed promise it was going to require much development before any success would be attained.

 

The prototype Mark II’s GT/106 & GT/107 started a lengthy build process in July 1964 with both cars receiving their engines in early 1965, much of that will be in the 1965 chapter.

 

Ferrari was a deserved victor of every category over 2 Litres, winning the Division three GT and the Prototype titles. The Prototype was actually given to Porsche because Ferrari hadn’t contested the prototype category in all four races. Far from Ford being a force to be reckoned with at the end of 1964, they hadn’t finished a race, much less won one. Much more work was needed and 1965 was to prove they were at least heading in the right direction.

 

Mid way through 1964, Eric Broadley left FAV, apparently annoyed at the changes being made by Ford USA especially the move to build the cars from sheet steel rather than aluminium.

 

Status of cars at the end of 1964

 

GT/101 – Written Off

GT/102 – Written Off

GT/103 – FAV UK

GT/104 – FAV UK

GT/105 – FAV UK

GT/106 – Kar Kraft USA (Incomplete)

GT/107 – Kar Kraft USA (Incomplete)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965 – Development continues

 

The beginning of 1965 bought numerous changes, not least the transfer of Roy Lunn back to Ford in Dearborn USA and on his advice the transfer of all racing activities to Shelby USA in Los Angeles and the new racing company, Kar Kraft. This new entity was to be run like FAV in the UK, semi autonomously, and they prepared all of the new cars to the specification that Shelby wanted. Shelby had received the three complete cars then in existence and had worked to modify them to his satisfaction, which was to prove eminently succesful.

 

The major modifications were made to the gearboxes with more than 20 changes and the ducting which was causing a loss of horsepower. Other changes involved the front bodywork and suspension mods.

 

In the UK, Wyer and his team were working on the first of the private cars for road and racing that were being built to a close approximation of the GT40 design that we know today, although the first few still had a variant of the original nose design. By the time of Le Mans there were five quite different cars being raced.

 

Firstly the usual prototypes, then there were the new Mark II GT40’s which had been built and tested and much modified with beefed up chassis, suspension and transmissions to handle the extra power. FAV in the UK had also experimented with Roadster spec. GT40’s and had built either five or six of these vehicles depending on who is asked. These cars had a different chassis to make up for the loss of tortional strength that comes with this format and while they were tried, they were quickly discarded in favour of the standard GT40 and GT40 Mark II.

 

Finally there were two cars at Le Mans that were fitted with an experimental racing 325 Cui engine. These were quickly re – engine after qualifying when faults were found with the engines. The 289 and 427 engines were reliable and powerful and the 325 Cui engine was never used again.

 

The Team

 

Teams

 

FAV – John Wyer (Aston Martin – 1959 Le Mans, Manager)

Filipinetti – Claude Sage

Ford France – Guy Ligier

Shelby – Carroll Shelby (Aston Martin – 1959 Le Mans winner)

Walker – Rob Walker

 

Drivers

 

Chris Amon (1966 Le Mans winner)

Richard Attwood (1970 Le Mans winner)

Bob Bondurant

Ronnie Bucknum

Richie Ginther

Masten Gregory (1965 Le Mans winner)

Phil Hill (1961 Formula 1 Champion, 1958, 1961 & 1962 Le Mans winner

Innes Ireland

Guy Ligier

Umberto Maglioli

Bruce McLaren (1966 Le Mans winner)

Ken Miles

Herbert Mueller

Lloyd Ruby

Roy Salvadori (1959 Le Mans winner)

Jo Schlesser

Louis Trintignant

John Whitmore

 

Status of cars extant in 1965 (Up to Le Mans)

 

GT/103 – Shelby

GT/104 – Shelby

GT/105 – Shelby

GT/106 (Mark II) – Shelby

GT/107 (Mark II) – Shelby

GT/108 – (Roadster) – Shelby

GT/109 – (Roadster) – Shelby

GT/110A – (Roadster) – McLaren racing

GT/110B – (Chassis only) – FAV (Incomplete)

GT/111 – (Roadster) – Shelby

GT/112 – (Roadster) – Shelby

#1000 – (Mark I) – FAV (Incomplete)

#1001 – (Mark I) – FAV

#1002 – (Mark I) – F. English Ltd.

#1003 – (Mark I) – Guy Ligier/ Ford France

#1004 – (Mark I) – Shelby

#1005 – (Mark I – 325 Cui) – Shelby

#1006 – (Mark I – 325 Cui) – Shelby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

9th February 1965 – Daytona 2000KM

 

The first race of the 1965 calendar was the Daytona 2000KM held in the sunny Daytona Beach on the 9th of February. This race always saw interesting entries from very diverse teams with anything from works racers to home built specials entering and hoping to if not do well, at least finish. 2 GT40’s for Ken Miles/ Lloyd Ruby and Bob Bondurant/ Richie Ginther were entered by Shelby and were much improved versions of the 1964 types. Backing these were four Shelby entered Daytona Coupes and a Mustang GT350 entered by Holman & Moody and a very strange car a Lotus 19J – Ford. This was a very lightweight Lotus fitted with a Cobra spec. 289 Cui Ford engine.

 Providing competition was the meek NART entry of a 330P2 for Surtees/ Rodriguez and both a 275P for Grossman/ Fulp and a 330P for Hansgen/ Piper. Unsurprisingly these entries filled the top 10, but perhaps surprisingly in 11th was the Plymouth Belvedere of Harvey/ Hutchinson.  The grid shaped as;

 

1 – J. Surtees/ P. Rodriguez                         2 – B. Bondurant/ R. Ginther

Ferrari 330P2 (#0838)                                     Ford GT40 (#GT104)

2:00:6                                                                    2:01:8

 

3 – K. Miles/ L. Ruby                                       4 – W. Hansgen/ D. Piper

Ford GT40 (#GT103)                                        Ferrari 330P (#0820)

2:03:00                                                                  2:03:8

 

5 –E. Leslie/ A. Grant                                      6 – R. Johnson/ T. Payne

Shelby Daytona (#CSX2300)                        Shelby Daytona (#CSX2601)       

2:07:0                                                                    2:08:2

 

7 – J. Schlesser/ H. Keck/ R. Johnson       8 – R. Muther/ J. Timanus

Shelby Daytona (#CSX2299)                        Shelby Daytona (#CSX2602)

2:08:4                                                                    2:09:0

 

9 – B. Grossman/ W. Hansgen/ D. Piper 10 – D. Gurney/ J. Grant

Ferrari 275P (#0814)                                        Lotus 19J (#966)

2:09:2                                                                    2:11:0

 

The race began with Surtees leading the first lap, with Gurney coming up through the field, taking the lead on the second lap. The Jaguar E- Type of Hull had its engine explode, and Hansgen in the 330P F-car ran over the wreckage destroying his rear end and having to retire.

Gurney, working as a rabbit to try and encourage Ferrari to chase, started to build up an enormous lead in the fast but fragile Lotus. Rodriguez had his turn at having a tyre blow and after running back to the pit to get a new part for the car continued but was so far behind as to be out of the race. The last remaining Ferrari of Hansgen/ Piper was up to third place but had its clutch fail. This left the little Lotus running like a train in front of the two GT40’s and the Daytona Coupe’s with no sign of any fragility. As expected Shelby called the Lotus in for a pit stop to find that a mysterious Piston failure had occurred and retired the car, allowing the GT40’s into an unassailable lead.

Bondurant/ Ginther had ignition issues causing them to lose 20 minutes in the pits, leaving Miles/ Ruby to cruise to a 5 lap win over Schlesser/ Keck followed by Bondurant/ Ginther, Muther/ Timanus and Kolb/ Heftler. Ford must have been justifiably happy that having had four failures from four races entered, they not only finally finished a race but actually won it.

 

GT40

#GT/103 – Miles/ Ruby (Shelby) – 1st

#GT/104 – Bondurant/ Ginther (Shelby) – 3rd

 

Result

   # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

73

Ken Miles/Lloyd Ruby Ford GT40 [103] SAI

327

3.

2

13

Jo Schlesser/Harold Keck/Robert Johnson Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2299] SAI

322

7

3

72

Bob Bondurant/Richie Ginther Ford GT40 [104] SAI

318

2

4

14

Rick Muther/John Timanus/Tom Payne^ Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2602] SAI.

317

8

5

16

Charlie Kolb/Roger Heftler Porsche 904 GTS [086] Kolb

313

16

6

11

Ed Leslie/Allen Grant Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2300] SAI

312

5

7

23

Bob Hurt/Peter Clarke/Charlie Hayes/Rene Charland^ Ferrari 250 GTO [3757] Peter Clarke

308

13

8

10

Peter Gregg/George Barber, Jr. Porsche 904 GTS Peter Gregg

306

19

9

6

Jack Ryan/Bill Bencker/Ted Tidwell Porsche 904 GTS [043] Jack Ryan

282

18

10

36

Graham Shaw/Dick Thompson Shelby Cobra [CSX2323] Graham Shaw

275

15

11

7

David McClain/Larry B. Perkins/Leland Dieas Porsche 356SC 90 David McClain

270

33

12

5

Peter Bolton/Arthur M. Latta Sunbeam Tiger Ford Imported Car

251

25

13

15

Lance Pruyn/Newton Davis/Peter Pulver Lotus Elan Duchess Auto.

250

24

14

34

Dana Kelder/Ara Dube Triumph TR3 Cannon Auto

250

40

15

25

Roger West/Tommy Charles MG B Roger West

247

36

16

26

David Lane/Robert Stoddard/Lee Cutler* Porsche 904 GTS [051] David Lane

245

29

17

33

Fred Ashplant/Harry Carter Lotus Elan Fred Ashplant

245

28

18

2

Jesse Emerson/John Hood Alfa Romeo Giulia Jesse Emerson

245

37

19

24

Ike A. Maxwell, Jr./William J. Martin Porsche 356B Ike A. Maxwell

243

38

20

48

Charlie Mathis/Guido Levetto Alfa Giulietta SV Cannon Auto

237

41

NC

35

George Frey/John Norwood/Hans Ziereis/Bert Everett* Porsche 356 Carrera John Norwood

220

26

DNF

44

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant Lotus 19J Ford [966] AAR

211

10

DNF

30

Scott Harvey/Peter Hutchinson Plymouth Belvedere Plymouth

 

11

DNF

12

Bob Johnson/Tom Payne Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2601] SAI

150

6

DNF

99

Bob Grossman/Walt Hansgen/David Piper/Pedro Rodriguez/John Fulp^/Ed Hugus* Ferrari 275P [0814] NART

130

9

NRF

21

Dick Irish/Bill Pryor Lancia Flaminia Zagato A.R.C.O. Inc.

 

43

DNF

19

Pete Harrison/E. Linley Coleman Shelby Cobra Arthur Harrison

 

12

NC

77

John Surtees/Pedro Rodriguez Ferrari 330P2 [0838] NART

116

1

DNF

46

Paul Richards/Ed Wilson/Bruce Jennings* Alpine M63 Renault John Norwood

 

27

DNF

3

Sheldon Dobkin/Jack Slottag/Jack Jacobson^ MG A Larry B. Perkins

 

42

DNF

87

Buck Baker/Bob Tullius Ford Cortina Lotus Harley Cunningham

 

30

DNF

27

Art Riley/Nick Cone^ Volvo P18 Art Riley

88

31

DNF

1

Simeon Shortman/Rajah Rodgers Austin-Healey 30 Simeon Shortman

 

35

DNF

71

Skip Scott/Charlie Hayes Shelby GT350 Holman & Moody

 

20

DNF

4

John D. Lewis/Art Huttinger/Larry Huttinger^ Chevrolet Corvette John D. Lewis

 

22

DNF

37

Don Sesslar/Chuck Cassel Porsche 718 RS61 Carl W. Lindell

 

14

DNF

42

Hamilton Vose/Roger McCluskey Maserati Tipo 64 Ford [63.002C] Hamilton Vose

 

17

DNF

88

Walt Hansgen/David Piper^ Ferrari 330P [0820] NART

18

4

DNF

28

John Bushell/Don Yenko Chevrolet Corvette Hablow

 

21

DNF

22

John E. Hill/Walt Hane^ MG A Twin-Cam John E. Hill

 

39

DNF

17

Gene Parsons/John W. Harden^/Sam Tayloe^ Lotus Elan George Parsons

 

23

DNF

47

Dave Hull/Bob Kingham^ Jaguar E-type Winter Haven

14

45

DNF

20

Michael Reina/Don Kearney^ Triumph TR3 Michael Reina

 

44

 

 

27th March 1965 – Sebring 12 Hours

 

Sebring was next on the calendar with not insignificant amounts of controversy as the race organisers decided to allow Group 7 cars to enter. This lead to Ferrari boycotting the race, leaving the privateers to enter cars, 275P’s were entered by Kleiner Racing for Maglioli/ Baghetti, Hugus had  for Hugus/ O’Brien and  Fong for Mairese/ Bianchi, 330P’s were entered by Fulp Kolb/ Fulp, Mecum for Rodriguez/ Graham Hill and McKelvy for Grossman/ Hudson. These were backed by two 250 Le Mans entered by David Piper for Piper/ Maggs and John Mecom for Hansgen/ Donohue. Shelby Ford entries were the same two vehicles as Daytona GT/103 being driven by Miles/ McLaren and GT/104 for Ginther/ Phil Hill. Backing these were four Daytona Coupe’s and the Lotus 19J. Other significant entries were Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2A’s for Hall/ Sharp and Hissom/ Jennings, John Mecom’s entry of a Lola T70 for Cannon/ Saunders and two Corvette Grand Sports.

Qualifying was predictable with the Chaparral’s much faster than anything else, then the two GT40’s, and the rest, the grid shaped up as; 

 

1 – J. Hall/ H. Sharp                                          2 – R. Hissom/ B. Jennings

Chaparral 2A (#001)                                        Chaparral 2A (#002)

 

3 – K. Miles/ B. McLaren                               4 – R. Ginther/ P. Hill

Ford GT40 (#GT103)                                        Ford GT40 (#GT104)

 

5 – D. Gurney/ J. Grant                                  6 – J. Cannon/ J. Saunders

Lotus 19J (#966)                                                Lola T70 (#SL70/3)

 

7 – P. Rodriguez/ G. Hill                                 8 – B. Grossman/ S. Hudson

Ferrari 330P (#0820)                                        Ferrari 330P (#0810)

 

9 – W. Hansgen/ M. Donohue                    10 – D. Piper/ T. Maggs

Ferrari 250LM (#6047)                                    Ferrari 250LM (#5897)

 

 The race started in an extreme Florida heatwave with two Cobra’s suffering from vapour lock on the first lap. The Shelby Lotus 19 was again fast but this time the fragility was evident with retirement early in the race due to fuel feed problems, the Ginther GT40 retired with suspension problems that had been evident from the start. The two Chaparrals were allowed to create a major lead over the rest of the field.  The second Chaparral of Hissom/ Jennings quickly suffered from electrical problems dropping them out of the running but the lead Hall/ Sharp car was simply unmatchable, gaining a laps advantage over the rest of the field every hour.

 The best of the rest was the Ferrari 330P of Rodriguez/ Graham Hill in second with a cautious Miles/ McLaren GT40 in third. The Cannon/ Saunders Lola struggled with oil cooler issues dropping back and retiring on lap 55. The heat was so bad that drivers started literally dropping with some needing to be lifted out of their cars. The other key Ferraris were also wilting with many becoming frequent pit visitors for issues, and others dropping out, Kolb/ Fulp Retiring with a broken transmission, Hansgen/ Donohue with a broken clutch, Piper/ Maggs with fouled plugs, although able to continue and finish strongly.

 The forecasted rain that had been predicted all race finally arrived at 5PM and was less a shower and more a monsoon, with up to three feet of standing water along the front straight and in the pits. The worst affected was the Phil Hill Cobra Daytona that had so much water inside it the crew had to punch holes in the floor to allow the car to drain!. The leading cars had to slow to as little as 10MPH to finish each lap with only the watertight Porsches remaining unharmed. Fortunately the rain only lasted for 40 minutes and quickly cleared leaving Hall/ Sharp still leading by as much as 9 laps over the Miles/ McLaren Ford GT40. The pace was slowed somewhat and Hall/ Sharp still had a four lap advantage at the finish, with Piper/ Maggs 3rd in the 250 Le Mans, Bondurant/ Schlesser 4th and Underwood/ Klass a fantastic 5th in the little 2 litre Porsche 904. 

 

GT40

 

#GT/103 – Miles/ McLaren (Shelby) – 2nd

#GT/104 – Ginther/ Hill (Shelby) – Retired (Suspension)

 

Result

  # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

3

Jim Hall/Hap Sharp/Ronnie Hissom* Chaparral 2A [001] Chaparral

196

1

2

11

Ken Miles/Bruce McLaren Ford GT40 [103] SAI

192

3

3

31

David Piper/Tony Maggs Ferrari 250LM [5897] David Piper

190

10

4

15

Bob Bondurant/Jo Schlesser Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2299] SAI

187

15

5

40

Lake Underwood/Günther Klass Porsche 904 GTS[005] Porsche

185

28

6

39

Joe Buzzetta/Ben Pon Porsche 904 GTS[108] Porsche

185

39

7

14

Bob Johnson/Tom Payne Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2601] SAI

185

17

8

33

Umberto Maglioli/Giancarlo Baghetti/E.de Vroom*/Tom O’Brien*/Willy Mairesse* Ferrari 275P [0812] Kleiner

184

18

9

38

Gerhard Mitter/Herbert Linge/Edgar Barth* Porsche 904/8 [008] Porsche

184

19

10

41

Scooter Patrick/Dave Jordan Porsche 904 GTS Precision

183

29

11

29

Walt Hansgen/Mark Donohue Ferrari 250LM [6047] Mecom

183

9

12

32

Ed Hugus/Tom O’Brien/Charlie Hayes/Paul Richards/Bill Wuesthoff*/Willy Mairesse* Ferrari 275P [0814] Ed Hugus

182

16

13

12

Ed Leslie/Allen Grant Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2300] SAI

178

14

14

2

George Wintersteen/Peter Goetz/Milton Diehl Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport [005] Wintersteen

175

20

15

61

Clive Baker/Rauno Aaltonen Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Donald Healey

175

37

16

58

Jean Rolland/Bernard Consten/Harry Theodoracapulos* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta

175

40

17

34

Paul Hawkins/Warwick Banks Austin-Healey 3000 Donald Healey

175

44

18

62

Paddy Hopkirk/Timo Mäkinen Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Donald Healey

175

48

19

17

Dick Thompson/Graham Shaw/Art Huttinger* Shelby Cobra [CSX2323] Shaw Racing

173

34

20

44

Briggs Cunningham/John Fitch/Bill Bencker Porsche 904 GTS[0118] B. Cunningham

173

32

21

16

Lew Spencer/Jim Adams/Phil Hill Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2602] SAI

173

13

22

4

Ronnie Hissom/Bruce Jennings/Hap Sharp* Chaparral 2A [002] Chaparral Cars

173

2

23

81

Willy Mairesse/Mauro Bianchi/Graham Hill*/Jo Bonnier* Ferrari 275P [0816] Fong Racing

171

11

24

56

Roberto Bussinello/Andrea de Adamich Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta

170

35

25

49

Frank Morrill/Merle Brennan/Alan Pease*/Mark Donohue* MG B [ADO 23/986] BMC

169

49

26

68

Andrew Hedges/Roger Mac MG Midget BMC

168

52

27

57

Bruno Deserti/Teodoro Zeccoli Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta

167

38

28

43

Jack Ryan/Ted Tidwell/Bill Bencker* Porsche 904 GTS [043] RBM Motors

163

30

29

67

Ed Barker/Duane Feuerhelm/Mike Rothschild/Don Kearney* Triumph Spitfire Standard Triumph USA

163

59

30

66

Bob Tullius/Charles Gates Triumph Spitfire Triumph USA

162

54

31

54

David McClain/Leland Dieas Porsche 356SC 90 Dave McClain

158

58

32

48

Brad Picard/Alan Pease/Jim Adams*/Chuck Cantwell* MG B British Motor Co.

151

50

33

5

George Robertson, Jr./Dick Boo Chevrolet Corvette George Robertson

145

62

NRF

26

Bob Grossman/Skip Hudson/Charlie Hayes* Ferrari 330P [0810] Scuderia Bear

143

8

35

60

Al Rogers/George Waltman/Ike Williamson* Turner Sprint Special Turner Cars Ltd.

143

67

36

1

Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan/Edmund Sevadjian^ Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport [003] Ridgeway Racing

137

21

DNF

30

Pedro Rodriguez/Graham Hill Ferrari 330P [0820] Mecom Racing

133

7

NC

59

Peter Pulver/Lance Pruyn/Newton Davis Lotus Elan Duchess Auto Inc.

127

46

DNF

9

Charlie Rainville/Mike Gammino/Manfred Ramminger* Iso Grifo A3C [BO 214] Bizzarini Automobili

122

25

DNF

27

Charlie Kolb/John Fulp/Roger McCluskey^ Ferrari 330P [0822] John (Buck) Fulp

104

12

DNF

45

George Barber, Jr./Peter Gregg Porsche 904 GTS Peter Gregg

99

33

NC

69

Frank Manley/Kenneth Sellers/Robert Shaw* Alpine A110 Renault Automobiles Alpine

99

55

NC

37

M. Barry Martin/R. Craig Hill Triumph TR4 M. Barry Martin

95

66

NC

71

Howard Hanna/Richard Toland/Paul J.Hogan* René Bonnet Djet Howard Hanna

95

65

DNF

18

Ed Lowther/Bob Nagel/Sid Sinkel^ Shelby Cobra [CSX2153] Ed Lowther

93

23

DNF

52

John C. Walsh/Gordon Browne/Peter Keith Ginetta G4R [0195] Ginetta Cars Ltd.

82

43

DNF

21

Sherman Decker/Oscar Koveleski/Robert Bucher* Cooper T61 Monaco Ford Greenwich

70

22

DNF

55

Gaston Andrey/Chuck Stoddard Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta SpA

66

41

DNF

20

George Reed/Dan Gerber/Art Huttinger* Shelby Cobra [CSX2189] Gerber-Payne

64

31

DNF

6

Don Yenko/John Bushell Chevrolet Corvette Ken Hablow

61

39

NC

25

Dave Hull/Bob Kingham/Milo Vega^ Jaguar E-type Jaguar Cars Inc.

59

63

DNF

22

John Cannon/Jack Saunders Lola T70 Ford [SL70/3] Mecom Racing

55

6

DNF

70

Fred Baker/Bill Kirtley/Walton H. Mayfield^/Harry Fry* Alpine A110 Renault Fred J. Baker

53

51

DNF

51

Art Riley/Nick Cone Volvo P1800 Art Riley

51

60

DNF

64

John Norris/Roger Heftler/Jerry H.Morgan* Lotus Elite Crespi Motors

46

47

DNF

23

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant^ Lotus 19J Ford [966] AAR/ SAI

43

5

DNF

10

Richie Ginther/Phil Hill/Ken Miles^ Ford GT40 [104] SAI

37

4

DNF

46

Arthur W. Swanson/Robert Ennis^/Paul N. Layman^ Abarth-Simca 2000 GT Arthur A. Swanson

36

45

DNF

42

David Lane/Chuck Cassel^/Don Sesslar^ Porsche 904 GTS Carl W. Lindell Co.

36

36

DNF

35

Skip Scott/Peter Clarke^/Tiny Lund^/Charlie Hayes* Ferrari 250 GTO [3757] Peter Clarke

35

26

DNF

63

Richard Holquist/Millard Ripley Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Scuderia Bear

27

42

DNF

28

Richard Robson/Art Baggely Jaguar E-type Richardson Robson

26

61

DNF

53

Ray Cuomo/John Bentley/John Purdy*/William Eve* Beach Lotus Mk.8 Ford Competition Components Inc.

16

57

DNF

8

Silvio Moser/Mario Casoni^/David Greenblatt^ Iso Grifo A3C [BO210] Bizzarini

16

24

DNF

82

Chuck Tannlund/John Wagstaff^ MG Midget British Motor Co.

7

53

DNF

65

Peter Bolton/Mike Rothschild^ Triumph Spitfire Triumph USA

5

56

 

 

10th – 11th April 1965 – Le Mans Trials

 

1 – #21 – 3:35:1 – Ferrari 330P2 (0828) – Surtees

2 – #15 – 3:40:1 – Ferrari 365P2 (0824) – Spychinger

3 – #9 – 3:40:9 – Ford GT40 (GT/105) – Attwood

4 – #10 – 3:42:9 – Ford GT40 (GT/104) – Bondurant

5 – #20 – 3:44:1 – Ferrari 275P2 (0832) – Parkes

6 – #7 – 3:50:00 – Ford GT40 (GT/111) – Whitmore

7 – #11 – 3:52:1 – Ford GT40 (GT/103) – McLaren

8 – #18 – 3:56:4 – Ferrari 250LM (6023) – von Ophem

9 – #33 – 3:59:4 – Porsche 904/8 (904-082) – Mitter

10 – #32 – 4:01:0 – Porsche 904/6 (906-011) – Mitter

11 – #5 – 4:02:4 – Iso Grifo A3C – Noblet

12 – #55 – 4:16:9 – Alpine – Renault M63 – Grandsire

13 – #28 – 4:19:1 – Ferrari 250LM (6119) – Spoerry

14 – #43 – 4:19:3 – Alfa TZ2 – Bussinello

15 – #50 – 4:19:8 – Alpine – Renault M65 (1719) – Bianchi 

16 – #66 – 4:21:1 – Porsche 904GTS – Calderari

17 – #31 – 4:22:2 – Elva – BMW GT160 (1) – Wrattersley

18 – #71 – 4:24:6 – Porsche 904GTS (100) – Poirot

19 – #12 – 4:26:4 – Maserati Tipo 151/4 (002) – Casner

20 – #35 – 4:27:5 – Rover – BRM – Graham Hill

21 – #42 – 4:29:4 – Alfa TZ – Bussinello

22 – #46 – 4:30:0 – Alpine – Renault M64 (1709) – Masson

23 – #51 – 4:33:1 – Alpine – Renault M64 (1711) – Cheinisse

24 – #64 – 4:33:4 – Alfa TZ2 – Koob

25 – #47 – 4:37:6 – Alpine – Renault M65 (1710) – Vinatier

26 – #53 – 4:49:8 – Triumph Spitfire – Slotemaker

27 – #37 – 4:51:5 – Porsche 904GTS (041) – Dewez

28 – #52 – 4:51:7 – Triumph Spitfire – Piot

29 – #70 – 5:16:7 – Alpine – Renault A110 – Vinatier

30 – #69 – 6:08:3 – Lotus Elan – Laurent

 

25th April 1965 – Monza 1000KM

 

The third round of the championship, the Monza 1000KM was held on the 25th of April and used the combined banking and Grand Prix circuit for the first time. The Ferrari entry comprised of works 275P2 for Parkes/ Guichet and 330P2 for Surtees/ Scarfiotti and Bandini/ Vaccarella and a new 1.6 Litre V6 166P (0834) for Baghetti/ Biscaldi, Filipinetti entered 365P2 Mueller/ Spychinger, Maranello Concessionaires entered 330P for Jo Bonnier/ David Piper and 250LM for Ireland/ Salmon, Jacques Swaters 250LM’s for Annie Soisbault/ Gerard Langlois von Ophem and Willy Mairesse/ Lucien Bianchi ans Sant Ambroeus 250LM for Sigala/ Taramazzo.

Shelby entered two GT40’s for McLaren/ Miles and Amon/ Maglioli, other entries included two of the Iso Grifo A3C, the new Alfa TZ2, two Alan Mann Racing entered Shelby Daytona Coupe’s and some quick Porsche 904GTS. Practice showed the new Ferrari’s to be super quick with the best Ford being 6 seconds slower than the quickest Ferrari.

 

Starting grid

 

1 – M. Parkes/ J. Guichet                              2 – J. Surtees/ L. Scarfiotti

Ferrari 275P2 (#0836)                                     Ferrari 330P2 (#0828)

2:46:9                                                                    2:47:0

 

3 – L. Bandini/ N. Vaccarella                         4 – J. Bonnier/ D. Piper

Ferrari 330P (#0822)                                        Ferrari 330P (#0818)

2:47:1                                                                    2:51:2

 

5 – B. McLaren/ K. Miles                               6 – H. Mueller/ T. Spychinger

Ford GT40 (#GT103)                                        Ferrari 365P2 (#0824)

2:53:5                                                                    2:54:8

 

7 – W. Mairesse/ L. Bianchi                          8 – C. Amon/ U. Maglioli

Ferrari 250LM (#6023)                                    Ford GT40 (#GT104)

2:55:3                                                                    2:55:4

 

9 – B. Bondurant/ A. Grant                          10 – O. Sigala/ L. Taramazzo

Shelby Daytona (#CSX2601)                        Ferrari 250LM (#6173)

2:57:2                                                                    2:58:9

 

The race began with the retirement of the 166P Ferrari on the first lap with engine trouble and McLaren spinning the GT40, fortunately without damaging the car and Bonnier suffering a flat tyre in the 330P. Bandini suffered suspension failure on the 330P2 and Gosselin’s & Soisbault’s 250LM’s were out with mechanical dramas. After all of this Surtees settled into a lead over Parkes, Mueller, McLaren, Amon, Sigala and Ireland. Unfortunately Spychinger had a fatal accident on lap 33 when he had brake failure entering the Parabolica curve.

Surtees had tyre problems dropping him back down the field, but Scarfiotti soon charged back into second place.  Amon/ Maglioli had managed to overtake McLaren/ Miles but at the three quarter mark dropped back and then retired with a broken suspension allowed McLaren/ Miles to cruise to a safe thired, albeit 4 laps behind the second placed Ferrari.

 

GT40

 

GT/103 – McLaren/ Miles (Shelby) – 3rd

GT/104 – Amon/ Maglioli (Shelby) – Retired (Suspension)

Result

  # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

63

Mike Parkes/Jean Guichet Ferrari 275P2 [0836] Ferrari SEFAC

100

1

2

60

John Surtees/Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 330P2 [0828] Ferrari SEFAC

100

2

3

69

Bruce McLaren/Ken Miles Ford GT40 [103] SAI

96

5

4

36

Ben Pon/Rob Slotemaker Porsche 904 GTS Racing Team Holland

92

19

5

64

Pierre Noblet/Mario Casoni Iso Grifo A3C Giotto Bizzarini

92

14

6

76

Innes Ireland/Mike Salmon Ferrari 250LM [5907] Maranello C

91

11

7

25

Roberto Bussinello/Andrea de Adamich Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta

90

16

8

48

Bob Bondurant/Allen Grant Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2601] A. Mann

89

9

9

49

Jack Sears/John Whitmore Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2602] A. Mann

89

13

10

71

Oddone Sigala/Luigi Taramazzo Ferrari 250LM [6173] Scuderia Ambroeus

89

10

11

42

Vincenzo Nember/Marino Bonomi Ferrari 250 GTO 64 [4675] Vincenzo Nember

88

17

12

51

John Sparrow/Neil Dangerfield/Christopher McLaren* Shelby Cobra [CSX2301] Radford Racing

87

23

13

65

Antonio Finiguerra/Régis Fraissinet Iso Grifo A3C Giotto Bizzarini

87

20

14

29

Guido Rava/”Kim” Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Ambroeus

86

27

15

30

Rinaldo Parmigiani/Bruno Deserti Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Ambroeus

86

29

16

27

Dmitri Nabokov/Corrado Manfredini Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Ambroeus

86

28

17

31

Salvatore Panepinto/Carlo Facetti/Giuseppe Parla* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Salvatore Panepinto

83

24

NRF

68

Chris Amon/Umberto Maglioli/Ken Miles* Ford GT40 [104] SAI

76

8

18

57

Alessandro Arcioni/Giacomo Russo Alfa Romeo GTA Autodelta

70

32

DNF

35

Jacques Calderari/Robert Calderari Porsche 904 GTS Scuderia Filipinetti

66

21

DNF

41

Armand Boller/Dieter Spoerry Ferrari 250 GTO [3527] Scuderia Filipinetti

62

22

DNF

26

Giancarlo Sala/Giorgio Pianta/Giacomo Sartorio* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Ambroeus

58

26

DNF

73

Willy Mairesse/Lucien Bianchi Ferrari 250LM [6023] E. Francorchamps

42

7

DNF

66

Herbert Müller/Tommy Spychinger Ferrari 365P2 [0824] Scuderia Filipinetti

33

6

DNF

54

Ernesto Brambilla/Luciano Selva/Giorgio Pianta*/Piero Corbellini* Aguzzoli Condor Alfa Romeo Sergio Aguzzoli

31

33

DNF

28

Alma Cacciandra/Alberto Della Beffa^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Scuderia Ambroeus

24

34

DNF

56

Carlo Zuccoli/Teodoro Zeccoli^ Alfa Romeo GTA Autodelta

19

30

DNF

46

Maurice Caillet/André Wicky^ Jaguar E-type André Wicky

18

31

DNF

72

Annie Soisbault/Gerard Langlois von Ophem^ Ferrari 250LM [5843] E. Francorchamps

17

15

DNF

62

Lorenzo Bandini/Nino Vaccarella^ Ferrari 330P2 SpA Ferrari SEFAC

9

3

DNF

67

Jo Bonnier/David Piper^ Ferrari 330P [0818] Maranello C

9

4

DNF

77

Gustave Gosselin/Jean-Claude Franck^ Ferrari 250LM [6313] Georges Marquet

4

18

DNF

53

Giancarlo Baghetti/Giampiero Biscaldi^ Ferrari Dino 166P [0834] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

1

12

 

9th May 1965 – Targa Florio

 

The Targa Florio, the fourth round of the championship that Ford entered, was held on the usual twisty 44 mile (72KM) long circuit, albeit known as the Madonie short circuit that flowed around Sicily with each car completing 10 laps. 1965 presented a three way fight with strong entries from Ferrari and Porsche meeting a token entry by FAV of GT/111 for Bondurant/ Whitmore, Ferrari had 275P2’s for Vaccarella/ Bandini, Guichet/ Baghetti and Scarfiotti/ Parkes backed by 5 privately entered 250 Le Mans. Porsche had their strongest entry of the year with 904/8’s for Davis/ Mitter and Bonnier/ Hill, 904/6 for Maglioli/ Linge and a 904GTS for Pucci Klass. As usual there were practice days but no qualifying, with each car starting rally style at a specific time, the winner being the fastest to cover the 10 laps.

The opening lap saw Vaccarella post a new fastest time opening up a 30 second gap to the second placed Scarfiotti, Guichet in third and the GT40 in forth with Bonnier in 5th. Scarfiotti had a minor accident that put his 275P2 out of the race on lap 2. On lap 3 Whitmore in the GT40 lost a wheel and the Sicilian crowd around the car stole parts from the car as souvenir’s, by the time he got going again it had taken several minutes. Eventually the car had fuel pump problems before a tired Bondurant managed to crash the car on lap 8 putting it out.

Baghetti retired from second on lap 6 leaving Vaccarella/ Bandini with a comfortable lead over Graham Hill whos challenge was halted when a precautionary pit stop put him down to 4th. This allowed the patient Davis/ Mitter 904/8 up to 2nd

 

GT40

 

#GT/111 – Whitmore/ Bondurant (FAV) – Retired (Crash)

 

Result

  # Drivers Car Entrant Laps

1

198

Nino Vaccarella/Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 275P2 (0828) SpA Ferrari SEFAC

10

2

182

Colin Davis/Gerhard Mitter/Jo Bonnier^/Graham Hill^ Porsche 904/8 Bergspyder [906-007] Porsche System Engineering

10

3

176

Umberto Maglioli/Herbert Linge Porsche 904/6 [906-001] Porsche System Engineering

10

4

174

Jo Bonnier/Graham Hill/Colin Davis^/Gerhard Mitter^ Porsche 904/8 Coupe [009] Porsche System Engineering

10

5

94

Antonio Pucci/Günther Klass Porsche 904 GTS [005] Porsche

10

6

152

Hans Herrmann/Leo Cella Abarth 1600 OT Spyder Abarth & Cie

10

7

70

Lucien Bianchi/Jean Rolland Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta SpA

10

8

132

Luigi Taramazzo/Oddone Sigala Ferrari 250LM [6173] Scuderia St. Ambroeus

10

9

58

Giuseppe Sirugo/Vincenzo Arena Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Etna

10

10

26

Salvatore Calascibetta/Giuseppe Virgilio Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Abarth & Cie

10

11

44

Paddy Hopkirk/Andrew Hedges MG Midget BMC

10

12

118

Clemente Ravetto/Gaetano Starrabba Ferrari 250 GTO/64 [4091] Pegaso

10

13

22

Jean Vinatier/Roger Delageneste Alpine A110 Renault Alpine

10

14

136

Antonio Nicodemi/Francesco Lessona Ferrari 250LM [5891] Antonio Nicodemi

10

15

154

Rauno Aaltonen/Clive Baker Austin-Healey Sprite British Motor Co.

9

16

192

Peter Harper/Rupert Jones Sunbeam Tiger Ford Vita Foam

9

17

54

Girolama Capra/Maurizio Pinchetti Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Sant Ambroeus

9

18

162

Giorgio Pianta/Giorgio Bassi ASA RB613 Sant Ambroeus

9

19

178

Marco Crosina/Claudio Maglioli Lancia Flavia Zagato HF Squadra Corse

9

20

24

Pietro Laureati/Carlo Fabri Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero Sagittario

9

21

108

Paul Hawkins/Timo Mäkinen Austin-Healey 3000 Hardtop British Motor Co.

9

22

12

Alfonso Merendino/Emanuele Trapani Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfonso Merendino

9

23

158

“Kim”/Giuseppe Bardini ASA RB613 Sant Ambroeus

9

24

56

Paolo Gargano/Ludovico Denza Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Apulia

9

NC

184

Franco Tagliavia/Silvestre Semilia Ferrari 500 TRC Pegaso

9

25

60

Giorgio Benini/G. Frola Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Apulia

9

26

34

Vincenzo Messina/Gianni Carpinteri Alfa Romeo Giulietta Aretusa

9

27

2

Joseph Thomas/Claude Sage/André Guilhaudin^ Alpine A110 Renault Alpine

9

28

48

Vittorio Orlando/Emanuele Benedetto Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ “The Tortoise”

9

29

14

Pietro Lo Piccolo/Salvatore Sutera Alfa Romeo Giulietta Pegaso

9

30

112

Luigi Mosca/Tullio Sergio Marchesi Ferrari 250 GTO [3647] A Bossa

9

NRF

138

Sergio Bettoja/Andrea de Adamich/Mario Casoni Ferrari 250LM [5903] Jolly Club

8

NRF

194

Bob Bondurant/John Whitmore Ford GT40 Roadster [111] FAV

8

NC

106

Mario Raimondo/Gaetano Lo Jacono Lancia Flaminia Pegaso

8

NC

196

Giampiero Biscaldi/Bruno Deserti Ferrari 275 GTB [6885] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

8

NRF

116

Robert Blouin/Jean-Claude Sauer Ferrari 250 GT Lusso [4965] “Bouchon”

7

DNF

204

Jean Guichet/Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 275P2 [0832] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

6

DNF

64

Roberto Bussinello/Nino Todaro Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

6

DNF

28

Angelo Giliberti/André Knörr Abarth-Simca 1300 [0042] Abarth & Cie

6

DNF

4

Antonio Petruzzi/Antonio Porro Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Antonio Petruzzi

6

DNF

30

Alfio Gamberto/Angelo Bonaccorsi Abarth-Simca 1300 Etna

5

DNF

16

Francesco Santoro/Vincenzo Mirto Randazzo Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Pegaso

5

DNF

114

Ignazio Capuano/Ferdinando Latteri Ferrari 250 GTO [3765LM] Pegaso

5

DNF

36

Mauro Battista/Alfio Monaco Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Etna

5

DNF

164

Mauro Bianchi/Henri Grandsire Alpine M65 Renault [1718] Alpine

4

DNF

166

Alessandro Federico/Mario Cabral Alfa Romeo GTA Autodelta SpA

4

DNF

72

Salvatore Panepinto/Giuseppe Parla Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Salvatore Panepinto

4

DNF

20

Guido Garufi/Antonio di Salvo Abarth-Simca 1300 Guido Garufi

4

DNF

140

Cesare Toppetti/Maurizio Grana Ferrari 250LM [5995] Cesare Toppetti

4

DNF

202

Ludovico Scarfiotti/Mike Parkes^ Ferrari 275P2 (0830) SpA Ferrari SEFAC

2

DNF

52

Carlo Zuccoli/Teodoro Zeccoli^ Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Autodelta SpA

2

DNF

96

Robert Ennis/Arthur W. Swanson^ Abarth-Simca 2000 GT Arthur W. Swanson

2

DNF

102

Michel de Bourbon-Parme/Claude Bourillot^ Ferrari 250 GTO [3909] Scuderia Filipinetti

2

DNF

42

Franco Lisitano/Domenico Patti^ Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Franco Lisitano

2

DNF

46

Herbert Demetz/Anzio Zucchi^ Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth & Cie

1

DNF

10

“Bit”/Giuseppe Garofalo^ Alfa Romeo Giulietta Pegaso

1

DNF

40

Giuseppe Asciutto/Antonio Gagliardo^ Alfa Romeo Giulietta Giuseppe Asciutto

1

DNF

6

Jacques Cheinisse/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud^ Alpine A110 Renault Alpine

0

DNF

82

Giancarlo Maestrini/Luigi Rinaldi Porsche 904 GTS Giancarlo Maestrini

0

 

Spa 500KM

 

This years race was mainly populated by GT cars with very few Prototype’s in attendance, the only P+2000 entries a lone 275 GTC, an Iso Grifo A3C, 4 250LM’s and the Maranello Concessionaires 330P which as expected took pole by nearly 5 seconds from one of the two Cobra Daytona Coupe’s entered. The early laps were fought by Mairesse in a 250LM, Parkes in the big 330P and Whitmore in the Daytona Coupe, until Parkes put on a charge and pulled away at will.

Whitmore was attempting to lap a back marker when it moved over causing him to crash and necessitating a lenthy pitsop and then Bondurant had engine issues slowing him considerably. Parkes in the big Ferrari had engine issues on lap 10 that caused him to drop right down the field, eventually finishing 9th. Eventually both Daytona Coupe’s got back up to speed, making it up to 5th & 6th before Whitmore’s again suffered mechanical failure, dropping out with a broken gearbox. The race was marred by the death of Tony Hedgebourne in an Alfa TZ at half distance.

With all of the drama Willy Mairesse enjoyed a safe and satisfying win, Piper in another 250LM 2nd, and an amateur, Ben Pons, had a miraculous 3rd only 1 minute behind Piper in a 904GTS.

 

23rd May 1965 – Nurburgring 1000KM

 

The Nurburgring 1000KM held on the 23rd of May saw strong entries from the three main race teams with Ford entries by Shelby for Phil Hill/ McLaren and Amon/ Bucknum backed by FAV’s Roadster for Attwood/ Whitmore and Ford France’s entry for Trintignant/ Ligier. Ferrari’s entries were a 275P2 for Parkes/ Guichet and a 330P2 for Surtees/ Scarfiotti with a 166P for Bandini/ Vaccarella, all backed by Ronnie Hoare’s 275P2 for Graham Hill/ Stewart and four 250 Le Mans. Porsche had a 904/8 for Bonnier/ Rindt and three 904/6s for Maglioli/ Linge, Noecker/ Klass and Mitter/ Davis. Practice showed the Ferrari’s to be quicker than the Ford’s but there was still hope with Hill/ McLaren only 6 seconds behind Surtees/ Scarfiotti.

 

Starting Grid

 

1 – J Surtees/L Scarfiotti                                                2 – Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart

Ferrari 330P2 [0828]                                        Ferrari 275P2 [0826]

8:53:1                                                                    8:58:8

 

3 – Mike Parkes/Jean Guichet                    4 P. Hill/ B. McLaren

Ferrari 275P2 [0832]                                        Ford GT40 [GT103]

9:00:1                                                                    9:00:2

 

5 – Chris Amon/Bruce McLaren/Phil Hill6 – Richard Attwood/John Whitmore

Ford GT40 (#GT104)                                        Ford GT40 Roadster [112]

9:06:6                                                                    9:07:1

 

7 – Jo Bonnier/Jochen Rindt                        8 – Lorenzo Bandini/Nino Vaccarella

Porsche 904/8 [009]                                        Ferrari Dino 166P [0834]

9:08:2                                                                    9:11:1

 

9 – Maurice Trintignant/Guy Ligier          10 – Willy Mairesse/Jean Blaton

Ford GT40 [1003]                                              Ferrari 250LM [6023]

9:17:1                                                                    9:18:2

 

The race began with the Attwood and Trintignant GT40’s unable to start leaving them at the back of the field. The first lap being Surtees – Phil Hill – Graham Hill – Amon – Parkes. This lasted until lap 6 when Phil Hill had a half shalf break, and then on lap 7 Amon was called into pit but missed the signal and ran out of fuel out on the track eventually pushing the car back to the pits, although continuing with McLaren and Phil Hill taking over. Graham Hill’s Ferrari retired with electrical problems.

All of this left Surtees with an enormous lead over the second placed Parkes. The two Fords that were delayed at the start were back in the race and making their way through the field. Trintignant’s mount suffered from the Motor mount breaking and Attwood/ Whitmore suffered similar issues putting both cars out. This left the Amon/ McLaren/ Phil Hill GT40 in 8th but a lap down, behind the 904/6’s and the game 166P, with only the 904/8 and the two Ferrari’s on the lead lap.

 

GT40

 

#GT/103 – McLaren/ Phil Hill (Shelby) – Retired (Transmission)

#GT/104 – Amon/ McLaren/ Phil Hill (Shelby) – 8th

#GT/112 – Attwood/ Whitmore (FAV) – Retired (Engine)

#1003 – Trintignant/ Ligier (Ford France) – Retired (Engine)

 

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

1

John Surtees/Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 330P2 [0828] Ferrari SEFAC

44

1

2

2

Mike Parkes/Jean Guichet Ferrari 275P2 Ferrari SEFAC

44

3

3

20

Jo Bonnier/Jochen Rindt Porsche 904/8 [009] Porsche

44

7

4

31

Lorenzo Bandini/Nino Vaccarella/Giampiero Biscaldi* Ferrari 166P [0834] Ferrari SEFAC

43

8

5

23

Umberto Maglioli/Herbert Linge Porsche 904/6 [906-001] Porsche

43

13

6

22

Peter Nöcker/Günther Klass/Colin Davis* Porsche 904/6 [906-012] Porsche

43

15

7

54

Bob Bondurant/Jochen Neerspasch Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2601] A. Mann

43

11

8

11

Chris Amon/Bruce McLaren/Phil Hill/Ronnie Bucknum^ Ford GT40 [104] Shelby

43

5

9

21

Gerhard Mitter/Colin Davis Porsche 904/6 [008] Porsche

42

14

10

55

Jack Sears/Frank Gardner Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2602] A. Mann

42

20

11

72

Anton Fischhaber/Udo Schütz Porsche 904 GTS Fischhaber

42

19

12

56

Jo Schlesser/André Simon Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2300] Ford FR

42

18

13

3

Giampiero Biscaldi/Giancarlo Baghetti/Lorenzo Bandini* Ferrari 275 GTB [6885] Ferrari SEFAC

41

22

14

68

Manfred Abels/Günther Selbach Porsche 904 GTS [037] Lufthansa

41

30

15

64

Peter Sutcliffe/Peter Lumsden Ferrari 250 GTO [4491] Peter Sutcliffe

41

23

16

8

David Piper/Tony Maggs Ferrari 250LM [5897] David Piper

40

17

17

83

Andrea de Adamich/Giacomo Russo/Jean Rolland*/Carlo Zuccoli* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta

40

31

18

95

Giuseppe Virgilio/Salvatore Calascibetta Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth & Cie

39

40

19

26

Ernst Furtmayr/Herbert Schultze Alfa Romeo Giulia  GTA Autodelta

39

46

20

97

Manfred Schiek/Andreas Schmalbach/Leo Cella/Herbert Demetz/Angelo Giliberti* Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth & Cie

39

36

21

74

Bernd Degner/Frank E. Kalkuhl Porsche 904 GTS Bernd Degner

39

41

22

19

Peter Ettmüller/Peter Harper/Herbert Mueller* Ferrari 250LM [6119] Filipinetti

39

25

23

61

Werner Lindermann/Manfred Ramminger Ferrari 250 GTO [4115] Lindermann

39

33

24

101

Hans-Dieter Dechent/Robert F.Huhn/Herbert Demetz^/Leo Cella^ Abarth-Simca 1300 Lufthansa

38

48

25

70

Gerhard Koch/Ben Pon Porsche 904 GTS [005] Porsche

38

16

26

92

Joachim Springer/Karl von Wendt Lotus Elan AVO

38

42

27

98

Andrew Hedges/Keith Greene MG Midget BMC

38

54

NRF

24

Pierre de Siebenthal/Charly Cuenoud Porsche 356B 2000 de Siebenthal

37

47

28

33

Clive Baker/John Moore Austin-Healey Sprite Groves

37

50

29

63

Karl vom Kothen/Karl-Friedrich Kronenberg Ferrari 250 GT SWB [1875] vom Kothen

36

53

30

82

Roberto Bussinello/Carlo Zuccoli/Ernst Furtmayr* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta

36

27

31

103

Joachim Komusin/Siegfried Müllers Alfa Romeo Giulietta Int. Racing Club

36

59

NRF

88

Georg Winkler/Wolfgang Jordis Lotus Elan Schweiger

35

58

NRF

10

Richard Attwood/John Whitmore Ford GT40 Roadster [112] FAV

34

6

NRF

100

Gerhard Bodmer/Dieter Schmid Glas 1300 GT Bodmer

34

52

NRF

105

Klaus Steinmetz/Fritz Jüttner Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth

33

39

NRF

84

Girolama Capra/Nanni Galli Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Sant Ambroeus

33

57

32

46

Peter Otto/Heinz Gilges Martini – BMW Martini

31

63

DNF

5

Willy Mairesse/Jean Blaton Ferrari 250LM [6023] EFrancorchamps

25

10

DNF

87

Mark Konig/Gabriele Konig Lotus Elan W. J. Moss

24

49

DNF

65

Mike Salmon/Chris Kerrison Ferrari250 GTO64 [4399] Dawnay

22

28

DNF

16

Maurice Trintignant/Guy Ligier Ford GT40 [1003] Ford France

22

9

DNF

85

Nicolas Koob/Honore Wagner Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Nicolas Koob

19

44

DNF

102

William Bradley/David Prophet Triumph Spitfire Bradley

19

55

DNF

17

Pierre Noblet/Wittigo Einsiedel Iso Grifo A3C Iso Prototipi

16

32

DNF

42

Roger Delageneste/Peter Ruby/Henri Grandsire* Alpine M64 [1709] Alpine

16

43

DNF

25

Hans Herrmann/Kurt Ahrens, Jr. Abarth 1600 OT Abarth & Cie

13

21

DNF

6

Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Xavier Boulanger/Gustave Gosselin*/Jean-Claude Franck* Ferrari 250LM [6313] Marquet

13

26

DNF

96

Anzio Zucchi/André Knörr Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth & Cie

12

35

DNF

40

Mauro Bianchi/Jean Vinatier Alpine M64 [1710] Alpine

11

37

DNF

29

Terry Sanger/Simon De Lautour Marcos Fastback Anthony Kilburn

10

60

DNF

4

Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart^ Ferrari 275P2 [0826] Maranello C

9

2

DNF

90

Manfred Mohr/Horst Eiteneuer^ Lotus Elan Martini

9

38

DNF

104

Willy Franz/Gebi Lippuner^ Alfa Romeo Giulietta Willy Franz

9

62

DNF

15

Gustave Gosselin/Pierre Dumay^ Ferrari 250LM [5843] E Francorchamps

7

12

DNF

12

Phil Hill/*Bruce McLare^ Ford GT40 [103] Shelby

6

4

DNF

69

Paul Hawkins/Mike De’Udy^ Porsche 904 GTS Don Moore

6

24

DNF

18

Mario Cabral/Teodoro Zeccoli^/Regis Fraissinet* Iso Grifo A3C Iso Prototipi

5

64

DNF

89

Roger Nathan/Peter Taggart^ Lotus Elan Roger Nathan

5

56

DNF

30

Richard Wrottesley/Tony Lanfranchi^ Elva GT160 BMW [1] Anglian Racing

4

45

DNF

52

John Sparrow/Christopher McLaren^/Neil Dangerfield* Shelby Cobra [CSX2301] Radford Racing

1

29

DNF

35

Herbert Demetz/Leo Cella^/Fritz Juettner* Abarth-Simca 1300 Abarth & Cie

0

34

DNF

62

Rollo Feilding/Peter Clarke^/John H.Gaston* Ferrari 250GTO[3757] Peter Clarke

0

51

 

19th – 20th June 1965 – Le Mans 24 Hours

 

The biggest race of the year, Le Mans, was held on the 19th of June 1965 and featured strong entries from the three main manufacturers,

 

FORD                                                                    

 

AC Cars – #11 – Cobra Daytona Coupe – Sears/ Thompson

FAV – #14 – GT40 – Ireland/ Whitmore

Filipinetti – #6 – GT40 – Bucknum/ Mueller, #59 – Cobra Daytona Coupe – Sutcliffe/ Harper

Ford France – #12 – Cobra Daytona Coupe – Schlesser/ Grant, #15 – GT40 Roadster – Trintignant/ Ligier/ Schlesser

Rob Walker – #7 – GT40 – Bondurant/ Maglioli

Shelby – #1 – GT40 Mark II – McLaren/ Miles, #2 – GT40 Mark II – Amon/Phil Hill, #9 – Cobra Daytona Coupe – Gurney/ Grant, #10 – Cobra Daytona Coupe – Johnson/ Payne

 

Ferrari

 

Pierre Dumay – #26 – 250LM – Dumay/ Gosselin

Filipinetti – #27 – 250LM – Spoerry/ Boller

Francorchamps – #24 – 275GTC – Mairesse/ Blaton, #25 – 250LM – von Ophem/ Dernier

Maranello Concensionaires – #17 – 365P2 – Bonnier/ Piper, #23 – 250LM – Bianchi/ Salmon

NART – #18 – 365P2 – Rodriguez/ Vaccarella, #21 – 250LM – Rindt/ Gregory

SEFAC Ferrari – #19 – 330P2 – Surtees/ Scarfiotti, #20 – 330P2 – Guichet/ Parkes, #22 – 275P2 – Bandini/ Biscaldi, #40 – 166P – Baghetti/ Casoni

 

Porsche

 

Jacques Dewez – #38 – 904GTS – Dewez/ Kerguen

Poirot – #62 – 904GTS – Stommelen/ Poirot

Porsche – #32 – 904/6 – Linge/ Noecker, #33 – 904/8 – Davis/ Mitter, #35 – 904/6 – Klass/ Glemser, #36 – 904GTS – Koch/ Fischhaber

Auguste Veuillet – #37 – 904GTS – Pon/ Buchet

 

Ford with 6 GT40’s entered must have felt confident of success especially with two of the new very powerful Mark II models. The April test days showed that Ford were competitive but still someway off the pace of the Ferrari prototypes, the best time being sixth. Drama at the test days occurred when Lloyd Casner crashed the Maserati Coupe with fatal consequences. Practice had Ford spending much of qualifying changing suspension settings and other details before Phil Hill set a blistering lap to take pole with a time of 3:33:0, the325 cui Walker entry coming in 3rd and McLaren/ Miles 4th although engine trouble caused the 325 Cui entrants to replace the prototype 325 Cui engines with the reliable 289 Cui for the race. Other entries included the Rover – BRM turbine, the Maserati Tipo 65 and the new Elva GT160.

 

Grid Top 10

 

1 – C. Amon/ P. Hill                                                        2 – J. Surtees/ L. Scarfiotti                                            

Ford GT40 Mk2 (107)                                                      Ferrari 320P2 (0828)

3:33:0                                                                                    3:38:1

 

3 – B. Bondurant/ U. Maglioli                                     4 – B. McLaren/ K. Miles

Ford GT40 325 Cui (1004)                                              Ford GT40 Mk2 (106)

3:38:7                                                                                    3:38:9

 

5 – R. Bucknum/ H. Mueller                                        6 – P. Rodriguez/ N. Vaccarella

Ford GT40 325 Cui (1005)                                              Ferrari 365P2 (0838)

3:39:2                                                                                    3:41:0

 

7 – J. Guchet/ M. Parkes                                               8 – L. Bandini/ G. Biscaldi

Ferrari 330P2 (0836)                                                        Ferrari 275P2 (0832)       

3:41:7                                                                                    3:42:5

 

9 – J. Bonnier/ D. Piper                                                  10 – I. Ireland/ J. Whitmore

Ferrari 365P2 (0826)                                                        Ford GT40 (1006)

3:43:00                                                                                  3:43:00

 

The first lap was led by the GT40’s, with only the big Maserati for company, although that entry only lasted three laps not surprising since the car had only been built in the previous 5 weeks, Surtees having had a terrible start was scything through the pack and soon joined the lead bunch.  McLaren pulled out a substantial lead over the Guichet Ferrari, although there were already signs of Ford fragility with the Ford France entry was out on lap 11 with gearbox failure. Ken Miles took over the lead Ford, now with three Ferraris on its tail and Ireland/ Whitmore in fifth. Phil Hill was in the pits with the first of many stops to try and fix transmission issues.

The Rover – BRM was following a very steady but slow pace, languishing in 30th and eventually finishing 10th. During the early evening two more GT40’s retired with first Bucknum/ Mueller and then Bondurant/ Maglioli going out with engine and gearbox failure respectively. By 7PM the McLaren/ Miles entry was also out with a broken gearbox while the Phil Hill car seemed to finally be running well setting the fastest lap of the race. This wasn’t to last with the car retiring on lap 89 with what else but a broken gearbox. The FAV entry had also retired on lap 72 with overheating thus leaving only the Cobra Daytona’s still running.

The Ford failures left Ferrari with a solid 1st thru 6th until brake and other probklems started to first slow and then cause retirements. Even the usually reliable Daytona Cobra’s started to fall by the wayside, first Gurney/ Grant slowing and pitting with falling oil pressure but managing to continue and three other entries going out with engine failure. Things settled somewhat until the late morning when first the works 275P2 of Bandini/ Biscaldi went out withengine failure and then the Surtees/ Scarfiotti car munched its gearbox. All of the attrition left the Dumay/ Gosselin 250LM in the lead with the Rindt/ Gregory car 3rd, with Parkes/ Guichet’s 330P2 seperating them. When Guichet/ Parkes had gearbox failure near the end of the race it became a “two horse” race.

Dumay had a tyre explosion in his Belgian entered 250LM and lost 5 laps getting the car repaired dropping them behind the NART Ferrari. This left the two Ferrari’s comfortably leading from the 275GTC, Linge/ Nocker in a 904/6 and Koch/ Fischhaber in the little 904GTS.

 

GT40

 

#GT/106 – McLaren/ Miles (Shelby) – Retired (Gearbox)

#GT/107 – Amon/ Phil Hill (Shelby) – Retired (Gearbox)

#GT/109 – Trintignant/ Ligier/ Schlesser (Ford France) – Retired (Engine)

#1004 – Bondurant/ Maglioli (Walker) – Retired (Engine)

#1005 – Bucknum/ Mueller (Filipinetti) – Retired (Gearbox)

#1006 – Irleand/ Whitmore (FAV) – Retired (Gearbox)

 

Result                                                 

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps

1

21

Jochen Rindt/Masten Gregory/Ed Hugus Ferrari 250LM [5893] NART

348

2

26

Pierre Dumay/Gustave Gosselin/Guy Ligier* Ferrari 250LM [6313] Pierre Dumay

343

3

24

Willy Mairesse/Jean Blaton Ferrari 275 GTB [6885] Ecurie Francorchamps

340

4

32

Herbert Linge/Peter Nöcker/Colin Davis*/Guenther Klass* Porsche 904/6 [906-001] Porsche System Engineering

336

5

36

Gerhard Koch/Anton Fischhaber Porsche 904 GTS [091] Porsche

325

6

27

Dieter Spoerry/Armand Boller/Claude Sage* Ferrari 250LM [6119] Filipinetti

324

7

18

Pedro Rodriguez/Nino Vaccarella Ferrari 365P2 [0838] NART

320

NRF

20

Jean Guichet/Mike Parkes/Lorenzo Bandini*/Ludovico Scarfiotti* Ferrari 330P2 [0836] SEFAC Ferrari SpA

315

8

11

Jack Sears/Richard Thompson/Jerry Grant* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2299] A.C. Cars Ltd.

304

9

3

Jean de Mortemart/Régis Fraissinet Iso Grifo A3C [BO 222] Bizzarini

303

10

31

Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart Rover-BRM Turbine BRM

284

11

39

Paddy Hopkirk/Andrew Hedges MG B [GHN3/59H27] British Motor Co.

283

12

49

Paul Hawkins/John Rhodes Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite [HAN8R65/52] Donald Healey Motor Co.

278

13

60

Jean-Jacques Thuner/Simo Lampinen/Claude Dubois* Triumph Spitfire [FC 545 953] Triumph

274

14

54

Jean-Francois Piot/Claude Dubois Triumph Spitfire [FC 54806 HE] Standard Triumph

263

DNF

48

Rauno Aaltonen/Clive Baker Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite [HAN8R65135] Donald Healey Motor Co.

256

DNF

19

John Surtees/Ludovico Scarfiotti/Lorenzo Bandini^/Mike Parkes^/Nino Vaccarella^ Ferrari 330P2 [0828] SEFAC Ferrari SpA

225

DNF

37

Ben Pon/Robert Buchet Porsche 904 GTS [021] Auguste Veuillet

224

DNF

22

Lorenzo Bandini/Giampiero Biscaldi/Jean Guichet^/Mike Parkes^/Giancarlo Baghetti^/Nino Vaccarella* Ferrari 275P2 [0832] SEFAC Ferrari SpA

221

DNF

44

Nicolas Koob/Alain Finkelstein/Peter Hauser* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Luxembourghoise

218

DNF

41

Roberto Bussinello/Jean Rolland/Teodoro Zeccoli* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

217

DNF

9

Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant/Ken Miles^/Ronnie Bucknum*/Innes Ireland*/Herbert Mueller*/Bob Bondurant* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2286] Shelby American Inc.

204

DNF

35

Günther Klass/Dieter Glemser/Ben Pon* Porsche 904/6 [906-012] Porsche

202

DNF

55

Jean-Pierre Hanrioud/Jacques Cheinisse/Jean Vinatier^/Mauro Bianchi^ Alpine A110 Renault Automobiles Alpine

196

DNF

47

Roger Delageneste/Jean Vinatier/Henri Grandsire^/Pierre Monneret^/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud^/Roger Masson^/Mauro Biancho^ Alpine M65 Renault [1710] Automobiles Alpine

195

DNF

61

Robert Bouharde/Pierre Monneret Alpine M63B [1708] Alpine

187

DNF

10

Bob Johnson/Tom Payne/Chris Amon^/Jochen Neerpasch^/Phill Hill*/Richie Ginther* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2287] Shelby American Inc.

158

DNF

51

Roger Masson/Guy Verrier/Jacques Cheinisse^/Robert Bouharde^/Jean Vinatier^/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud^/Philippe Vidal* Alpine M64 Renault [1711] Automobiles Alpine

148

DNF

25

Gerard Langlois von Ophem/Leon Dernier/Pierre Dumay^/Lucien Bianchi*/Willy Mairesse* Ferrari 250LM [6023] Ecurie Francorchamps

146

DNF

38

Jacques Dewez/Jean Kerguen Porsche 904 GTS [041] “Franc”

130

DNF

59

Peter Sutcliffe/Peter Harper/Jo Schlesser*/Allen Grant* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2602] Scuderia Filipinetti

126

DNF

50

Peter Revson/Philippe Vidal/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud^/Mauro Bianchi*/Henry Morrogh*/Roger Masson* Alpine M64 Renault [1709] Automobiles Alpine

116

DNF

12

Jo Schlesser/Allen Grant/Richard Thompson*/Jack Sears*/Andre Simon* Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe [CSX2601] Ford France

111

DNF

17

Jo Bonnier/David Piper/Graham Hill* Ferrari 365P2 [0826] Maranello C

101

DNF

23

Lucien Bianchi/Mike Salmon Ferrari 250LM [5895] Maranello C

99

DNF

2

Chris Amon/Phil Hill/Richie Ginther*/A.J.Foyt*/Jochen Neerpasch* Ford Mk II [107] Shelby American Inc.

89

DNF

14

Innes Ireland/John Whitmore/Richard Attwood* Ford GT40 [1006] Ford Advanced Vehicles

72

DNF

52

David Hobbs/Rob Slotemaker/Jean-Francois Piot^ Triumph Spitfire [FC 54 950] Standard Triumph

71

DNF

1

Bruce McLaren/Ken Miles/Bob Grossman*/Dan Gurney* Ford Mk II [106] Shelby American Inc.

45

DNF

46

Mauro Bianchi/Henri Grandsire/Roger Delageneste^/Jean Vinatier^/Roger Masson^/Jean-Pierre Hanrioud^ Alpine M65 Renault [1719] Automobiles Alpine

32

DNF

7

Bob Bondurant/Umberto Maglioli/Chris Amon* Ford GT40 [1004] R.R.C. Walker

29

DNF

6

Ronnie Bucknum/Herbert Müller/Innes Ireland* Ford GT40 [1005] Scuderia Filipinetti/Shelby American Inc.

29

DNF

30

Richard Wrottesley/Tony Lanfranchi/Trevor Taylor* Elva GT160 BMW [1] Anglian Racing Development

29

DNF

42

Giacomo Russo/Carlo Zuccoli^/Jean Rolland*/Bernard Consten* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

22

DNF

33

Colin Davis/Gerhard Mitter Porsche 904/8 [008] Porsche

20

DNF

62

Rolf Stommelen/Christian Poirot^ Porsche 904 GTS [100] Christian Poirot

13

DNF

15

Maurice Trintignant/Guy Ligier^/Jo Schlesser^/Andre Simon^ Ford GT40 Roadster [109] Ford France

11

DNF

53

Peter Bolton/William Bradley^ Triumph Spitfire [FC 54805 HE] Standard Triumph

6

DNF

8

Jo Siffert/Jochen Neerspasch^/Jean-Claude Vidilles*/Umberto Maglioli* Maserati Tipo 65 [151.002] Johnny Simone

3

DNF

40

Giancarlo Baghetti/Mario Casoni^/Giampiero Biscaldi^ Ferrari Dino 166P [0834] SEFAC Ferrari SpA

2

DNF

43

Teodoro Zeccoli/José Rosinski^/Roberto Bussinello^/Giacomo Russo*/Andre de Adamich*/Bruno Deserti*/Ernesto Brambilla* Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Autodelta SpA

0

 

Reims 12 Hours

 

The Reims 12 Hours, held on the 3rd & 4th of July was a Ferrari benefit with entries 365P2’s by NART and Maranello Concessionaires, a 330P for Maranello Concessionaires and 4 250 LM. Only s Shelby Daytona Coupe’s were expected to put up a fight. The race started at 11PM rather than the usual midnight with Graham Hill taking a sizable lead and behind him, Surtees and Rodriguez in 365P2’s proceeded to slipstream down the long straights thus pulling away from Piper & Mairesse in 250LM’s.

The Willment Daytona Coupe’s soon retired after an electrical fault, and the Roadriguez/ Guichet car broke its clutch necessitating a 20 minute rebuild, while Surtees/ Parkes had a small fire after a rocker arm failed. Later the Hill/ Bonnier 330P had its transmission destroy itself, becoming one of the few retirements. The result was Rodriguez/ Guichet in NART’s 365P2, Surtees/ Parkes Maranello 365P2, Mairesse/ Blaton 250LM, Piper/ Attwood 250LM, Bondurant/ Schlesser Shelby Cobra Daytona.

 

Bridgehampton Double 500

 

The last race of the 1965 season was the Brdigehampton Double 500 held on the 19th of September 1965 and had the usual array of interesting American vehicles including a few debutantes. Hansgen in a Mecom entered Lola T70, Fulp in his own T70, Hap Sharp in a Chaparral 2A, Wintersteen in a McLaren M1A and various random cars such as Genie’s,  Lotus’s, 427 Cui Cobra’s and a Malibu Special. Against this was a fairly strong NART Ferrari entry of a 275GTC, a 365P2 for Rodriguez, 275P for Mario Andretti, making his debut in this race and a couple of privately entered Ferrari’s including a 330P and a 250LM.

The race was expected to be a walkover for Hansgen since he was 2 seconds a lap quicker than anyone else. Unfortunately nobody told either Rodriguez or Sharp and all three swapped the lead over the early laps. Unfortunately Hansgen suffered a rear suspension failure allowing the other two to simply dominate the race along with Fulp who’s Lola kept going better and better, until Fulp crashed 2/3rds of the way through the race. Sharp eventually cruised to a two lap win over Rodriguez, with Skip Scott in the big Cobra third.

 

1965 – The year that wasn’t.

 

For a season that started with such promise, the Daytona win, it was pretty depressing and Ford must have questioning their will to continue. Even Porsche, then only racing 2 litre cars, had managed to take second place. Major failings must be put at the lack of a consistent testing program and the splittling of energies between all of the different variants. It is clear that if all of the Ford groups had concentrated on the GT40 and finished developing it before moving onto work on the Mark II success would have come much sooner.

 

Suggestions have been made that Ford were prepared to pull the plug and look elsewhere after Le Mans 1965, but no concerete evidence of this has come to light. At the end of the year, Ferrari were deserved champions with wins at Monza, Targa, Nurburgring, Le Mans and Reims. Chaparral did well to win at Sebring and Bridgehampton and even Brabham managed to win the semi – official Tourist Trophy.

 

In GT racing Ford and Shelby could be proud of having beaten the previously invincible Ferraris. The Daytona Coupes had proven to be all conquering in the GT classes at most rounds.

 

FAV in the UK had produced 18 cars by the end of 1965 and Shelby had received chassis up to #1032 that they began to build to the 1966 specifications.

 

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