1966 Ford GT40 photographs
A little Ford GT40 history
The GT40 is will always be one of the most incredible supercars ever built. The GT40 was designed to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race, after a few teething problems during the first few attempts they ended up being victorious in 1966, 67, 68 and 69. Only 107 GT40's were ever built, with engines ranging from an impressive 4181cc right up to an extreme 6997cc version. The design of the GT40 is very distinctive, most car fans would recognise one straight away, although spotting a real one instead of one of the kit car versions is a lot harder, you have to be very lucky to see a real one like the one in these photos. The GT40 was created not out of love, but out of hate! Hate between rivals Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. Ferrari had dominated the racing scene, so creating something to beat them seemed an obvious choice and thanks to teaming up with Carroll Shelby they created this Ferrari eating beast of a machine!!! Back in the 1960's the best GT40's were capable of over 200mph, a feat that only small collection of modern cars are capable of and they have a lot more modern technology to assist in the design, so I find a car like this even more impressive.
Spotting a rare Ford GT40
Of all the places I would expect to see a Ford GT40 I never thought I would spot one parked in a normal space at a motorway services, personally I'd want a security guard with the car at all times. I spent quite a while taking these photos before the owners came back, I complimented them (James Cottingham?) on the car (as were a few other people), but they seemed to be in a hurry to continue their journey. Not that I would blame anybody who would rather be driving this car, than talking about it! lol A strange twist of fate is that this car is now owned by DK Engineering, who specialise in . . . Ferrari's! I'm not sure what Henry Ford II and Carroll Shelby would say about that, but it probably not be very polite! I like most cars, so I have no problem with it, although every car I have had were Fords (sadly no GT40's!), I just liked driving them. I gave up driving last year due to health issues, legally I can still drive, but I wouldn't feel safe behind the wheel any more, so have to make do with admiring other people's cars.
If you want to know more about this particular car or are the market for a sports car then the DK Engineering web site is:
About these photos
These photos were all taken using my Canon 70D and a Tamron 18-270mm, if I had more time I would have unpacked my Sigma 10-20mm as that is great for shooting cars. I converted them to black and white as the car is silver apart from the tri-colour stripe and other markings, so I found colour was more distracting and just didn't suit these photos. They have all had a slight HDR (High Dynamic Range) style boost on them as once again to me it suits this sort of image. Sadly I didn't get to do a video as this GT40 drove off as the sound really is as impressive as it's looks, not a good car for very quiet streets! lol