Tell us what it was like winning Le Mans...
“I still find it hard to believe it was 50 years ago, but as it’s turned out, it was one of the most important wins I had in my career. It was a great feeling to win the race, but I’ve got to say it was tainted by all the politics.
“I just can’t remember the timing, but at a certain point, Ford decided to hold station, basically. Bruce McLaren was driving at the time, and he backed off. But Ken Miles ignored the slow signs. At that point, somebody in the Ford management said, ‘Ah, well, if we can’t get the drivers to do what we’re telling them to, we’re going to stage a dead heat, and there’s not going to be any arguments.’
“Ken and Bruce sort of formed up for a dead-heat finish. I’m never quite sure to this day, but our car crossed the finish line well in front of the other car. One thing that I’ve always felt good about is that on sheer pace, we would’ve won the race. So, no matter how it was done, I think we did actually deserve to win on the day.”