Who won the 1966 Le Mans race?
On the 55th anniversary of Bruce’s win at Le Mans, it’s worth recalling that Bruce McLaren contested the event on eight occasions, winning at his sixth attempt in 1966, at the wheel of a works Ford.
Who drove for Ferrari in 1966 Le Mans?
Summary. Briton Mike Parkes and Italian Ludovico Scarfiotti co-drove the #20 Ferrari 330 P3, for Scuderia Ferrari, at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their car was taken out by an accident in the ninth hour of the competition. Ford GT40 Mark II cars finished in the race’s top three positions that year.
Who was Ken Miles wife?
Ken Miles was married to Mollie and had a son, Peter Miles (b. September 28, 1950). He was also a close friend of Carroll Shelby. Peter was almost 16 when he witnessed his father’s death in the prototype J-car crash in 1966.
Did Shelby bet his company on Ken Miles?
No. Carroll Shelby never bet Henry Ford II his entire business so that Ken Miles could drive at Le Mans. Ford’s right hand Leo Beebe (portrayed by Josh Lucas) did object to risks that Ken Miles took on the track, but the tension between Shelby and Beebe in the movie is significantly dramatized.
Why did Ferrari beat Ford at Le Mans in 1966?
The Le Mans results boosted Ford over Ferrari for the 1966 Manufacturers’ Championship. Ford’s answer to Ferrari’s next weapon, the 330 P4, was delayed by development problems, handing Ferrari a rematch with the Mk IIs that so dominated them at LeMans, at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours.
What was the first mid-engined car to win at Le Mans?
Enzo Ferrari was proven right, after his cars scored the final front-engined victory at Le Mans in 1962, the 250 P took the first ever mid-engined win a year later. On the track Ferrari’s dominance was as big as ever both in the prototype and GT class, but across the Atlantic Ocean a scheme was designed to break the Scuderia’s stronghold.
What kind of engine does a Ferrari 330 P have?
Fitted with a four litre engine, the 330 P proved both quicker and more reliable than the little tested Ford GT. Sleeker than ever, the P3 featured fiberglass doors. It was the first time the Maranello based team favoured the lightweight material over the aluminum used on the previous prototypes.
What makes the Ferrari P3 so special?
Sleeker than ever, the P3 featured fiberglass doors. It was the first time the Maranello based team favoured the lightweight material over the aluminium used on the previous prototypes. The clutch was relocated from right behind the gearbox to between the gearbox and engine.