Gt40 Carroll Shelby Ford Ken Miles
Photos by merrick morton 20th century fox and bernard cahier getty images.
Gt40 carroll shelby ford ken miles. Carroll shelby and ken miles were the dynamic duo of american motorsports. Peter was almost 15 when he witnessed his father s death during the testing of a. 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. Ken miles was married to mollie and had a son peter miles.
Ken miles left talks to carroll shelby in the pits during the 1966 le mans race. The scene in question revolves around miles shelby and their team testing out the gt40 mkii only for the vehicle s brakes to fail and the car to catch fire very nearly killing miles in the process. As it s shown in ford v. Shelby ken miles and phil remington designed the gt40 and after years of losing to ferrari ford finally won the le mans in 1966 contrary to what is depicted in the film miles actually did compete in the 65 race and he didn t finish completing only 45 laps because the gearbox malfunctioned.
Now that you ve read about racing legend ken miles check out the story of carroll shelby who worked with miles to build the ford mustang gt40 and shelby cobra or about eddie rickenbacker the world war i fighter pilot and indy 500 star. To stand a chance in the 24 hour circuit the american corporation brought on two racing legends carroll shelby matt damon and ken miles christian bale to help them take the european title. Christian bale and matt damon in ford v ferrari and ken miles with carroll shelby. Ford gt40 ford 289 v8 90 2v uhv 4727cc shelby american inc.
Ken miles and denny hulme were meant to be the official first place winners of the race except they were ordered. Ford gt x1 ford a v8 ohv 7040cc shelby american inc. Ferrari miles son peter who idolizes his dad is there on august 16 1966 at the riverside raceway along with carroll shelby to work on the experimental ford j car. Photo illustration by slate.
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