At the paddock lined up 19 GT40's
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.