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Video Documentary: Ford and GT40 – The Golden Age of Motorsport

Submitted by on June 20, 2012

Dan Gurney 1967 Le Mans

In the early ’60s, Henry Ford II was all about Le Mans. He wanted a Ford in the great race and he wanted to win. Ferrari was already there and were well on their way to a six-year winning streak at Circuit de la Sarthe, but were struggling financially.

Negotiations kicked off between the pair with Ford angling to buy Ferrari, but fell through once they got to talking about racing rights. This left Ford out of pocket in a big way, and really rather determined not just to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but beat Ferrari and end their dominance of the race. Enter the GT40 and one of the great stories of a golden age of motorsport.

This video documentary, part of Motorsport.com’s brilliant Golden Age of Motorsport series, delves into the history behind Ford and the GT40 and provides interesting and entertaining insights into a fascinating story. Enjoy!

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