Each and every Ford GT40 that’s ever won a major international race will converge on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California this August, their owners having accepted invitations from Concours organizers. Many of the Ford GT40’s original racing drivers might also be in attendance, with Brian Redman, Chris Amon, Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, Jacky Ickx, and Sir Jackie Stewart all hoping to be able make it out for the event.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s auspicious victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans – a race which also saw the car take the second- and third-place podium spots. The Ford GT40 went on to win at Le Mans each of the next three consecutive years, as well, while also turning in victories at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Sebring, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, the Nürburgring, and a handful of other prestigious courses.
“Fifty years have scarcely dimmed the momentous achievement of the designers, mechanics and drivers who swept the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford,” said Henry Ford’s great-grandson Edsel B. Ford II, a company board member. “I attended that race with my father, and the thrill of that day remains vivid in my mind.
“This is but one among the many victories from that golden era that will be celebrated by the historic gathering of cars and drivers that the Pebble Beach Concours is bringing together this August. I am looking forward to the event with great anticipation!”