Ford Gt: How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari And Conquered Le Mans

byPreston Lerner

Hardcover | November 9, 2015

Ford Gt: How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari And Conquered Le Mans by Preston Lerner
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2016 Motor Press Guild Award for Best Book of the Year!

Get the whole story on the car built to beat the world--Ford's GT.

Henry Ford II, "the Deuce," wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks.

The Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the "Mark II" GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history: Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966. In fact, GTs went on to win Le Mans each year through 1969.

Ford GTcelebrates the 50th anniversaries of Ford's iconic victories, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic 1966 win, as well as Ford's follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, as well as Ford's triumphant return to Le Mans in 2016 for a complete review of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman's historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!

Preston Lerner, a regular contributor toAutomobilemagazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging fromSports Illustratedto theNew York Times. Lerner has co-authored Motorbooks titlesWinning: The Racing Life of Paul NewmanandHistory's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealedwith Matt Stone.Dave Friedman...
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Title:Ford Gt: How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari And Conquered Le MansFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:232 pages, 12.4 X 10.2 X 1.15 inShipping dimensions:232 pages, 12.4 X 10.2 X 1.15 inPublished:November 9, 2015Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0760347875

ISBN - 13:9780760347874

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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