True enough, the rivalry with Ferrari doesn’t have quite the same bite today that it did back in 1966 but Ford’s remarkable victory in motor racing’s toughest test of endurance in June still came after a race long battle with the Italian manufacturer. Fifty years ago it was an altogether more personal affair. After agreeing to sell his company to the American car giant, Enzo Ferrari backed out of the deal at the 11th hour, enraging Ford and prompting them to build a car with the sole purpose of beating Ferrari at Le Mans. That car was the original Ford GT, and the Americans pulled it off in style. In 1966, the team finished first, second and third at Le Mans, creating one of racing’s truly legendary stories in the process.
Lots of drama Down Under secures Sebastien Ogier his sixth straight WRC title