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“LE MANS 66” (“FORD V FERRARI”) – PETER MILES TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER, KEN MILES

“LE MANS 66” (“FORD V FERRARI”) – PETER MILES TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER, KEN MILES

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James Mangold’s film “Le Mans 66” (“Ford v Ferrari”) about the 1966 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be released in theatres. The movie focuses on the duel between Ford and Ferrari, led for the American marque by Ken Miles at the wheel of one of the Ford GT40s designed and prepped by Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon. Here Peter Miles talks about his father, the hero immortalised by Christian Bale on the big screen.

Have you seen “Le Mans 66″ (“Ford v Ferrari’)?

Yes, I saw a private screening with Christian Bale. 

– Did you collaborate in the making of the movie

I gave Christian Bale info about my dad from press clippings and magazine articles, and I showed him personal photos and shared audio recordings with him. Bale was looking to remain as faithful as possible to my father. I also met Caitriona Balfe and gave her snapshots of my mother and described her as best as I could. 

– What do you expect from this film?

I hope it will show people that personal relationships, joint efforts, dedication and commitment can bring very positive results.

 How familar are you with Le Mans?

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a very interesting race that seems to be getting more and more competitive, down to the wire now more so than ever, year after year. Today’s cars are rather reliable and can endure what has essentially become a 24-hour sprint. Unfortunately, the TV coverage in the U.S. is not ideal and I sometimes find it difficult to follow the event. 

– Have you already been to Le Mans? 

The last time I went to Le Mans was in 1965 with my father. It was an extraordinary experience despite his being forced to retire with mechanical problems. After that year, I have not yet returned. 

– What does the 24 Hours of Le Mans mean to you?

I appreciate the engineering aspect, the technological developments, the research done to make the cars as reliable as they are fast for 24 hours. I have a great deal of respect for the people who dedicate themselves to the challenge. 

– Are you a fan of motorsport? 

Yes, I love motorsport, with a slight penchant, I admit, for vintage races. 
  
– Which discipline most interests you: endurance, F1, IndyCar, NASCAR?

My favourite discipline is F1, but I will say I think certain rules these days are unreasonable, like finding yourself at the back of the grid because you had to change out a gearbox. All those penalties are incomprehensible. I also like NASCAR, but I find races on oval circuits less exciting. 
 
– What do you remember about the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans?

I have mixed emotions of course because I wanted my dad to win and I think he could have done it. But, when too many people are involved in the decision-making, that’s when things rarely go well. My father knew the car could have finished the race with no problem despite the car’s pace. The engine had 15 hp more at the chequered flag than it did at the start! I understand the New Zealanders (McLaren and Amon, Ed.) saw things differently, that they thought they deserved to win because they had followed the directives of the team much more closely. However, if it’s true that McLaren said: ‘I don’t know who was supposed to win, but I didn’t want to lose,’ then he lost some of my respect because he took advantage of the situation. But in the end, they all wanted to win, so I can’t really hold it against him. 

– Did you watch the race on TV? 

No.

– How would you describe Ken Miles as a driver and as a father

He was often absent after joining forces with Shelby. I didn’t see him very much because he was working. He was great about including me in many of his activities, taking me to testing sessions for example. He also played with me with my remote-controlled car. He was quite active working around the house and in the garden and expected my help. In the evenings, he often sat his armchair and read. 

– What do you think about Christian Bale who plays your dad? 

I think it’s wonderful that an actor of his caliber agreed to play my dad. He set out to look and act like my father, but that’s difficult when you’ve never met the person.

– What is your favourite car from the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

The 1966 Ford GT40 of course.

Myth and Mogul : John DeLorean – New Documentary @Netflix

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Netflix have released a recent documentary on the rise and fall of John DeLorean

Plus a look back at previous DeLorean content here on Automotive American

The documentary is a mixture of footage from a previous documentary and interviews with those involved at the time including family members.

For me it’s the best one so far and I guess may be the last?

For John’s back story you can go to Wikipedia

Information on the documentary can be found here at Netflix

A few years ago I interviewed Chris Parnham historian of the DeLorean Owners Club UK for my podcast, and I thought this would make a good companion to the new documentary. Details of the club can be found here

Chris is a lovely man and the interview can be found below

https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/chris-parnham-delorean-blog.mp3

I was lucky to be given a copy of Chris’s and Andy Withers excellent book – DeLorean – Celebrating the Impossible 

The original article is here

Interview – Mick Dolphin Triumph NOS Spares Supplier Extraordinaire!

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Mick Dolphin and the last Spitfire, or is it? 🙂

Listen to the entertaining interview with Mick Dolphin who has been a purveyor of NOS Triumph spares since 1989 and is very well known in Triumph circles worldwide. Mick entertains us with tales of his Triumph car & NOS parts hunting experiences. Plus the interesting tale of “The Last Sptifire”
The show is here

Interview With Sean Winfield Jensen Owners Club

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My interview with Sean Winfield from the Jensen Owners Club

https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/shaun-winfield-jensen-owners-club.mp3?_=1

Shaun has been a member of the club for nearly 12 years and owns a Jensen Interceptor, he was the area representative for Oxfordshire and has since become club chairman.

The club was founded in 1971, and currently has around 1500 members with around 900 in the UK the rest spread around the world.

 

Interview with Lou Lusardi of the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club

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The Sunbeam Tiger

Today’s guest is Lou Lusardi who is the  Press Officer for the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club. Lou is also heavily involved in the world of cycling and is the founder of the “Dragon Ride” one of the biggest cycling events in the British Isles. Lou takes us through the history of the Tiger, the club and many interesting anecdotes. A very entertaining interview.

https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/lou-lusardi-sunbeam-tiger-owners-club.mp3?_=2

More information on the Sunbeam Tiger can be found here on Wikipedia

Picture from the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club Website 

 

 

 

Interview with Keith Clements of the Jowett Car Club for Americas Web Radio

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My interview with Keith Clements, who is the current Competition Secretary, Webmaster and former Chairman of The Jowett Car Club can be found Here. It’s a great listen!


Keith has owned his Jowett Jupiter since 1969 and has competed in 27 countries with the vehicle over the years.

Keith has also made major trips in Jowetts across the USA, Artic Circle, and the east and west coasts of Australia and Tasmania.

In addition he has toured the North and South of Islands of New Zealand again in a Jowett.

Keith also helps to organise the fleet of Jowetts that act as the taxi fleet for the Goodwood Revival.

On the club side of things Keith has been a major part of the team that has been a three times best stand winner at the Practical Classics Restoration Show.

In 2012 Keith was voted Classics and Sports Car Club Personality of the Year

The club won the Club of the Year in 2013

Keeping things in the family Keith’s daughter won the Classic Car of the Year in her own self restored Jowett Jupiter in 2010.


The club website is Here

Audio also here

https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/keith-clements-complete.mp3?_=3

 

Interview with Captain Bob and Arlo on the Wisconsin Hotrod Radio Show

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Captain Bob and Arlo

Recently did an interview with Captain Bob and Arlo for their excellent Wisconsin Hotrod Radio Show.

https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/captain-bob-arlo-segments.mp3?_=4

You can find the show and the show notes here 

 

Kevin Flood on The Life and Times of Henry Ford: Eclectic American Icon and Business Legend!

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https://automotiveamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/henry-ford-full1.mp3?_=5

Kevin Flood on The Life and Times of Henry Ford: Eclectic American Icon and Business Legend!

I recently did an in interview for my broadcasting and car guy friend Robert Kibbe’s excellent “The Muscle Car Place” Podcast

The subject that Robert kindly invited me to talk about was the Life and Times of Henry Ford, a topic that interests me a great deal.

It was a fun and enjoyable interview to do, hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as I did doing it!

You can find it over on Robert’s excellent site here

Whilst you are there try Robert’s other podcasts and maybe buy a car from The Muscle Car Place classifieds?

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