Aside from guiding The Blue Oval into an entirely new era of electrification and overseeing its forthcoming reorganization, Ford CEO Jim Farley also finds the time to record podcasts and even go vintage car racing, a hobby that the auto exec was adamant to continue even after taking over the helm of the automaker. Farley is also pretty good at it, having recently scored impressive finishes in a number of races, including the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, the Road Atlanta Grand Prix, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Sebring Speed Tour, and crossing the line first at the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring. Now, Jim Farley has another trophy to add to his proverbial case after earning a podium finish at the Le Mans Classic.
The Le Mans Classic, which takes place in France, is an endurance race just like the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it lasts for a “mere” three hours. The race is broken down into a number of different classes for various vintage vehicles, though Farley’s 1965 Ford GT40 truly shined with a second-place class finish.
That particular ride – chassis number 1109 – is one of the last four GT40s built and is undoubtedly valuable, but Farley continues to race it at events all over the world. This isn’t the first time Farley has raced his GT40 in the Le Mans Classic (where he previously competed in his 1978 Lola 298), and the historic car has also seen action recently at the Goodwood Revival and Spa 6 Hour race in Belgium.
A dream come true. A podium finish at LeMans Classic in a GT40. Three hours of flat-out racing against some of the best drivers I know. What a great team! pic.twitter.com/q9NaAbw3lL
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) July 4, 2022
Farley – who also owns a 1966 Cobra – enjoyed his highest finish at the Le Mans Classic to date with this second-place ranking, however, as Ford spokesperson Lori Alpin confirmed to the Detroit Free Press. “This was Jim’s best-ever performance at the Le Mans Classic, which is regarded as the premier sports car race for historic vehicles in the world,” she said.