Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I gotta get me one of these.

I saw one of these, a red one, in Kenner.

It is as impressive in real life as in the photographs.

In case you're not into cars, the Ford GT is one of Ford's "Living Legends". They include the new production Mustang and Thunderbird. Based on classic cars the designs include a number of concept cars.

Henry Ford II had wanted a Ford at Le Mans since the early 1960's.

Initially, Ford attempted to buy Ferrari. Eventually Ferrari called the merger off in 1963. There was reputed to be bad blood between the two.

Ford developed their own with some initial help from Lola. The first cars raced as Ford GT's in 1964, without much success. They won for times in a row from 1965 to 1969. In 1971 Ford ended all racing involvement and support.

In 1966 the GT40 MkII finished 1,2,3.

The Ford GT40s also raced in other series, including the 24 hours of Daytona. It won Daytona in 1966.

I guess this shows that guys never outgrow the cars of their teens.

After Ford stopped racing the GT40 has been produced by a number of builders both from the original tools and as replicas or reproductions. Since the original cars were handmade, this was not as difficult as it sounds.

The Ford GT is a re-imagining of the original car based on the original concept. Production was started in 2004 and ended in 2006 after the production of 4038.