At the paddock lined up 19 GT40's
Ready for the Friday night track session....
Hotel Green 7 parking....
Hotel de France Sunday dinner....
The Classic this year was a very mixed bag of ups & downs. The weather although not ideal, well far from ideal actually, made the spectating,
paddock visits & the Club parking area somewhat interesting. However the Friday evening Track Time was held in good weather conditions, daylight
and with a reasonable company. No Lambos & only the odd Ferrari. If you can call a La Ferrari an odd car. Most completed the track time in one piece,
just one puncture that robbed one member from completing more than half a lap, having to pull up at the 2nd Mulsanne chicane.
The racing was interesting as long as you liked racing in the rain. About half of the races seemed to have a wet/damp element. However a Ferrari managed to drop oil twice during the event, once in qualifying and once all along the Mulsanne, at night, in the wet. This prompted Monkey (Chris Harris of PistonHeads fame racing the Jaguar D Type with Gary Pearson) to Tweet: "D-Type+Le Mans+damp track+night+oil+Dunlops = new undercrackers please" Most seemed to head for the Grandstands to watch while the weather made up its mind what to do.
Highlight of the LMC was the Sunday Dinner at the Hotel de France and the talk over dinner by Maitland Cook. Stunning description of what is was like 50 years ago with the John Wyer teams at the Hotel for the Le Mans winning GT40 campaigns. He was there during those great years and had the whole room enthralled with his tales.
These two video both posted on YouTube are provided by Ian Stewart and Oriol Ribalta during the parade laps. They are worth watching since this gives you the real atmosphere of what it is like being on the Le Mans track.To watch Le Mans Classic Video click here.
In the Members Area, we have updated the GT40 Register. There are 887 listings and almost 10,000 images. The Register table is much more functional, now you can sort by field and download the GT40 Register car list. This is private information so we would ask that you to protect it as you do the Membership Directory.
The source data is from Tim Martin, our Treasurer. However, we need your help because we may not have the latest information on all the 40's. If you have pictures, know of any lost cars or have any changes to what we have please let me know. To contact the Webmaster, click here.
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On a sunny summer's weekend, in the English Countryside at Silverstone, I attended the largest Classic motoring weekend on the UK motoring calendar.
Pete Thompson, the Events committee member, had registered the club with the organisers so we had infield parking, discount tickets & as the organisers had deemed this the 50th year of the GT40, we had a lap of the full international Grand Prix circuit.
Unfortunately this year we were short on numbers, only 6 cars registered to attend & only 4 on any one day, so we were combined together with the Lamborghini Club for the track parade; we were also rather squeezed in by being parked behind a large mobile transporter, however this did give us some much needed shade from the hot afternoon sun!
GT40's on show this year owned by Myself, Dave Collins, Dave Hensley, John Oxborough Graham Morris. There were several club members who attended but without their cars.
As the first GT40 was built in 1963, on the track/road in 1964 & had the first Le Mans win in 1966 we can make good mileage from the 50th celebration theme!
The event took place over three days and was a fantastic combination of Classic Car Clubs on display, great historic, no quarter given, racing, with everything from Saloon Cars, Group C Cars, GT Racers and Historic formula 1 & 3 races.
There was a good collection of commercial & shopping outlets, plenty of food and drink facilities, for all tastes and finally superb evening entertainment with Bands playing well into the night.
Previously the Club has had 10 or 12 cars on display and it would be good to get back to those numbers so that we might make more of a show; should you feel like joining the UK's biggest classic weekend then don't forget to keep a watch on the club events page, so that you can take advantage of all the best deals available, bookings should be made about March each year.
David Scaife. Club Secretary.
As part of our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the GT40, The Midland Auto Cub have laid on a special class for GT40s at this premier hillclimb meeting. 4 club cars will be competing, in company with the top open wheel hillclimbers vying for the British Championship – daunting! Also there, celebrating their 80th year will be ERA racers, amongst various other competing classes. Shelsley Walsh claims to be the oldest motor racing venue in the UK, it is 1000 yards long, still quite narrow and the outright record currently stands at 22.58 secs. Whatever time we achieve will be a record for naturally aspirated GT40s! This is a beautiful venue with excellent spectating points; practice runs are on the Saturday and the timed competition on Sunday. We hope to have some cars on static display also – contact Peter Thompson if you can bring yours along.
In 1964, the first prototype of the Ford GT, produced by Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV), emerged and was quickly nicknamed the GT40. This was a reference to the car's 40" overall
height. It was, effectively, a 2-seat Formula 1 chassis monocoque, with mid-engine and suspension geometry following F1 layout. This was, then, a completely new concept that has
been followed by countless supercars. Ford had to produce a run of 100 cars to gain homologation as a production racer. After winning Le Mans in 1966, FAV was sold and became JWA,
who carried on producing the cars, racing with sponsorship from Gulf Oil. They were Le Mans winners, again, in 1968 and 1969. The 100 production chassis run still remains incomplete,
P/1089 being regarded as the last of these 'original' cars which was completed in 1998! In the meantime, other manufacturers picked up the baton and started producing
their own versions of the GT40 theme. From Safir, who had permission to carry on the chassis numbering sequence, to the present day, cars are still produced
in numerous countries to varying specifications, but all to the same layout - Ford V8 engine and with the iconic, familiar original body style. Some examples of current production
are sufficiently accurate to the original specification to be allowed in Historic Racing.
The GT40 concept therefore has been in continuous production for 50 years.
There is a thriving Club for all friends of the marque, whether owners or not, aptly named The GT40 Enthusiasts Club, which organises events, from monthly meetings, static shows and track days, to participation in competitive sprints etc. The latest Club magazine is, happily, the 100th in that series! The club welcomes new members, young or old, to join in the ongoing saga of the GT40. For the complete unabridged press release click here.
Added to our main Menu is a portal to the GT40 Enthusiasts Club Forum. This has been made possible by the courtesy of Ron Earp
and the GT40s.com organization. Since we both are working to achieve the same end goals, a cooperative relationship has developed between our Club
and the GT40s.com organization. We consider a natural first step is sharing resources. We encourage our Club members to make use
of this forum link to exchange ideas and post notices.