In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory at Le Mans this month, owners of every Ford GT40 that have won a major international race will display their vehicles in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
In 1966, Ford’s GT40 MK II vehicles finished in first, second, and third place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, which marked the first win by an American automaker. The vehicle went on to win at Le Mans from 1967 to 1969.
“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,” says Edsel B. Ford II, a board member of Ford Motor Co. “I attended that race with my father (Henry Ford II), 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.”
Racers who drove winning Ford GT40’s, such as Chris Amon, Dan Gurney, Jacky Ickx, David Hobbs, Brian Redman, and Sir Jackie Steward, may all be in attendance at the Pebble Beach event.
“We’re honored and thrilled to be able to unite all of these historic champions,” says Sandra Button, chairman of the Concours d’Elegance. “This is an unprecedented gathering — one that has excited every member of our selection committee, and one that promises to make history in its own right.”
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an annual event that features rare and antique vehicles. Along with displaying the Ford GT40s, the 2016 Concours will offer the following marques and special classes: Delahaye, Chapron Coachwork, BMW Centennial, Bizzarrini, Lamborghini Miura, Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937, and BMW Motorcycles.
For more information, visit pebblebeachconcours.net.