Ford Shelby Le Mans Ken Miles
Drivers lloyd ruby and ken miles enjoy victory lane following their win in the first 24 hours of daytona at daytona international speedway driving a ford mk ii for shelby american racing.
Ford shelby le mans ken miles. The cahier collection bernard cahier. The controversial finish of the 1966 le mans 24 hours with the two ford mk ii of ken miles denny hulme and bruce mclaren chris amon finishing a few meters apart. After two years of dismal results ford handed over his le mans program to carroll shelby and ken miles an exceptionally skilled driver mechanic and car engineer who worked with shelby as a test. And tragically ken miles did die shortly after le mans 66 while testing ford s experimental j car at the riverside raceway on aug.
Carroll shelby as anyone who s seen ford v ferrari can tell you went from creating and distributing the ac cobra to running the racing operations of the entire ford gt40 program. Ford s efforts to secure a dead heat photo finish at le mans in 1966 cost ken miles victory from a four lap lead. Bruce mclaren controversially shades ken miles as the chequered flag is waved at le mans in 1966 photo. But was it back luck or intra team conspiracy.
Carroll shelby who is played by damon in ford v ferrari also said he wished he never agreed to the dead heat. By 1965 shelby and his team were working on ford s new racer the gt40 which would go on to capture the famous le mans title from ferrari a performance juggernaut that had won the famous race. To the extent that the cinematic miles diverges from. The third car was the all kiwi pairing of bruce mclaren and chris amon.
I felt wonderful about us winning one two and three in 66 but ken miles we. He is an inductee to the motorsports hall of fame of america.
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