Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

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9780760347874: Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

Get the whole story on the car built to beat the world--Ford's GT.

Henry Ford II, "the Deuce," wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks.

The Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the "Mark II" GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history: Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966.

Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman's historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!

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Recensione:

‘Epic… A well-researched and beautifully-related tale of just how many years of slog and how many millions of corporate dollars it took to become an overnight success. A wonderful title, highly recommended.’

( American Car Magazine)

'Awash with photos, accompanied by copious captions, this is probably the definitive book on Ford's great gamble... Well written and of high quality, this is a superb book that should not be missed'

( Classic American)

‘lavish… The smell of the pages is soon displaced by the smell of the pitlane. A fitting tribute for a gold anniversary of a legend’

( Classic Car Weekly, Book of the Week)

'A must-read for all Ford fans.'

( The Herald, Drive)

‘hugely entertaining… accompanied by an outstanding selection of Dave Friedman’s period images’

( Classic & Sports Car, Book of the Month February 2016)

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PRESTON LERNER, a regular contributor to Automobile magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to the New York Times. Lerner has co-authored Motorbooks titles Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed with Matt Stone. || DAVE FRIEDMAN was Shelby American's official photographer in the 1960s, accompanying the team to races all around the world. He is a longtime motorsports and film-still photographer and the author of several motor racing books, as well as a photography contributor to dozens more. Friedman lives in Newport Beach, California.

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Descrizione libro Motorbooks International, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 305 x 248 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 2016 Motor Press Guild Award for Best Book of the Year! Get the whole story on the car built to beat the world--Ford s GT. Henry Ford II, the Deuce, wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing Ferrari s operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks. The Deuce took Ferrari s actions as a personal insult. Word was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric Broadley s Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the Mark II GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history: Ford s 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966. In fact, GTs went on to win Le Mans each year through 1969. Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Ford s iconic victories, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic 1966 win, as well as Ford s follow-up win in 1967. The GT40 s last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, as well as Ford s triumphant return to Le Mans in 2016 for a complete review of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford s GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman s historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!. Codice libro della libreria AA29780760347874

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Descrizione libro Motorbooks International, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 305 x 248 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Get the whole story on the car built to beat the world--Ford s GT.Henry Ford II, the Deuce, wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing Ferrari s operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks.The Deuce took Ferrari s actions as a personal insult. Word was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric Broadley s Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the Mark II GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history: Ford s 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966. Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford s iconic victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40 s last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford s GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman s historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!. Codice libro della libreria AA29780760347874

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