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Ford’s secret weapon | The story of Alan Mann Racing | Goodwood Masters

Ford’s secret weapon | The story of Alan Mann Racing | Goodwood Masters

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When Ford of America wanted someone to run some cars, it turned to a British racing driver. He promptly turned up, beat the much bigger American Fords with his British Ford Cortinas, and went home. That is the story of how Alan Mann Racing was born, and pretty soon the team became the go-to place for Ford for help developing its racing cars. From the Cortina to the GT40 and F3L, they all went through Alan Mann racing and the driver roster is second to none, with Graham Hill, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver, Jackie Stewart, Jack Sears, Jack Brabham and more all racing for the team. Now back out of a period of dormancy, Alan’s son Henry is keeping the AMR light going

In the latest part of our series of Goodwood Masters presented by Motul, looking at the people and firms behind some of the classic car industry’s greatest machines, we visited the modern Alan Mann Racing to find out about its history and how Henry and his team are keeping the legacy going.

Was Leo Beebe a corporate villain or a good guy with a tough job? – Frank Comstock @Hemmings

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With the release of the Ford v Ferrari movie, there has been renewed interest associated with my 2016 article here on Hemmings concerning Ford executive Leo Beebe and the end of the 1966 Le Mans race. Comments, around 200 in number four years after initial publication, show the passion of people on both sides of the dispute. With that in mind, it’s worth another dive into what kind of person Leo Beebe was, based on his background and people who knew him.
Editor’s note: This story comes to us from Hemmings reader and contributor Frank Comstock, a friend of the late Leo Beebe.
Let’s think of this as a highway between two cities representing the two major aspects of the dispute. While there are several entrance and exit ramps along the highway, the ramps at one city represent the argument that Beebe did not like Ken Miles and didn’t want him to win the race, while the ramps at the other city represent the argument that Beebe engineered the end of the race to please Henry Ford II, the man who had funded Ford’s Le Mans effort to the tune of as much as thirty million dollars. The ramps in between those cities represent the opinions of those who fall somewhere in the middle of the two sentiments.

Meet the reel stars of ‘Ford v Ferrari’ – Larry Edsall @ClassicCars.com

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No, not Christian Bale and Matt Damon, but driving specialists Robert Nagle and Tony Hunt

A Ford GT40 like those used in the ‘Ford v Ferrari’ movie was parked in front of the screen showing the trailer at the Shelby Heritage Center when ‘The Perfect Lap’ tour visited Las Vegas | Larry Edsall photo

Asked to identify the stars of the Oscar-nominated film Ford v Ferrari, you’d likely respond with the names Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Indeed, they were the A-list movie stars who played the two leading roles, Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby, respectively.

Stunt coordinator Roger Nagle and Tony Hunt, stunt driver for Christian Bale (and wearing blue Ford racing jacket), sign posters during The Perfect Lap visit to the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas | Twentieth Century Fox photo

But when it comes to the “reel stars” of the movie, at least from an auto racing perspective, the correct answers are Robert Nagle and Tony Hunt.

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A golden GT40 at the Golden Arches – Dan Stoner @Hemmings

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A golden GT40 at the Golden Arches

Meet your heroes

Oh, wow. How often do you stumble across a snapshot that so perfectly wraps up everything amazing about America in the early ’80s? Pulling one of the greatest race cars ever built, on a flatbed trailer, through a McDonald’s drive-thru behind a Japanese Mustang II, under the slow breeze of a giant American flag flapping in the background? We ask you, does it get ANY. BETTER. than this? We’ll go ahead and answer that rhetorical question: no. No, it does not.

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Related – Ford built five GT40 roadsters, but only one raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 427 FE Sideoiler: Powering Ford To Victory At LeMans And Reissued By Shelby Engines Today – Jonathan Bergman @HotCars.com

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The 427 FE Sideoiler: Powering Ford To Victory At LeMans

Unlike other displacements in the FE-series, the 427 version – which was actually a 426, take that Chrysler! – was the only race engine in the lot.

With the “Ford v Ferrari” movie opening in theaters this weekend, it might help to review some of the details which delivered victory for Ford at LeMans in 1966. There’s the GT40 itself, of course, the will of Henry Ford II and his need to crush Ferrari, massive engineering and financial resources of Ford, renegade race car drivers, California hot-rodders, Carroll Shelby, and last but certainly not least the venerable Ford 427 FE Sideoiler engine. The motor that started it all.

The 427 FE Sideoiler: Powering Ford To Victory At LeMans

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Related – Part of Ford’s 1966 Le Mans podium sweep, this GT40 Mk II could set an auction record

Ford built five GT40 roadsters, but only one raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

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After disappointing performances in 1964 and 1965, Ford’s GT40 coupes dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966-’69. The automaker experimented with GT40 roadsters, too, building five prototypes for endurance racing before abandoning the project. Four of these open-top variants raced at various venues worldwide, but only one, chassis GT/109, ever competed at Le Mans. On January 12, 2019, this 1965 Ford GT roadster will cross the block in Florida, very likely the star attraction at Mecum’s 2019 Kissimmee sale.

Read the rest of Kurt’s article here on Hemmings

Superformance Honors Ford GT40 Le Mans Win – John Lyon @RobbReport

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A special edition of the GT40 MKI at SEMA celebrates the golden jubilee of the car’s 1968 Le Mans Victory.

Superformance is bringing a little something special to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas (October 30 to November 2). The Southern California automotive continuation and reproduction specialists will publicly debut their Future GT Forty, an extra-special—and heavily upgraded—edition of the manufacturer’s GT40 MKI supercar, itself based on the original Ford GT40 MK I.

Read the article here at Robb Report

Part of Ford’s 1966 Le Mans podium sweep, this GT40 Mk II could set an auction record – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

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The 1966 LeMans Ford GT40 Mk II goes up for sale at the 2018 Monterey Car Week RM Sotheby’s auction and is expected to break records at an estimated $9 – $12 Million

Chassis No P/1016
Engine No HA 1697
RM Sotheby’s listing of the car can be found here

Goodwood Revival 2017 Wet Friday!

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Attended the 2017 Goodwood Revival and as everyone knows this a very diverse event.

That taken into account, American vehicle and Americana were well represented down to a Gasoline Alley bar outdoor bar complete with moonshine running Hot Rods!

Plus the sound of the GT40 flat out down the main straight is hard to top.