Well, how else would you get to Le Mans, as Ford revs up for an assault on La Sarthe exactly 50 years since its epochal 1-2-3 win in the world’s greatest race?
The GT40 is arguably the most genuinely iconic 1960s racing car of all, and there’s one sitting in front of Team TG right now. Lordy. It’s in good company: alongside it is a 2006 GT road car, the Blue Oval’s last go at rebooting the coolest corner of its sprawling heritage. TG editor-in-chief Charlie Turner and I will be piloting this pair from the UK to Le Mans. In our own small way, we’re feeling a smidgeon of the pressure that is gathering around the team a few hundred miles south, as the weird and wet weather that’s been plaguing Europe plays havoc with mid-France. Carefully minted race strategy goes out the window when the heavens open. We don’t have a strategy, other than to simply get there, but even that feels like a bit of an ask right now.
Photography: Richard Pardon