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Amy’s #NASCAR Reading List: Ford GT: How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

A while ago I reviewed a book of Lamborgini Supercars and in the forward there was a little story that stuck with me. It states that the story behind Lamborgini as we know it today is that Ferruccio Lamborghini contacted Ferrari and told them the Ferrari he purchased had a repeating issue with the clutch slipping. Story has it that Enzo Ferrari told Ferriccio that he wouldn’t know how to drive a machine like a Ferrari and should stick to driving tractors. Why that story sticks with me I don’t know. I think it probably has to do with the fact that I see a lot of tractors on my daily work commute.

This edition of Amy’s NASCAR Reading List details the story of how FORD GT “humbled” Ferrari with their 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966.  Ford GT: How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans by Preston Lerner (author) and Dave Freidman (Photographer) however goes much deeper than just talking about the significance of that 1966 Le Man Victory for the Ford GT.  Technically the story starts with Henry Ford II hearing that Enzo Ferrari was considering selling Ferrari. He quickly engaged Ferrari in negotiations after taking time to review their operations.  Enzo Ferrari initially engaged in the negotiations but then suddenly and inexplicably withdrew from the talk.

Ford took this as a great insult and thus began his drive to create a race car capable of winning top sports car events worldwide, Le Man specifically.  See- seems that Enzo Ferrari is not only the reason we have Lamborghini’s but it is what pushed Ford to refine their Lola GT into what would become the “Mark II GT40″ that would eventually result in what most would call Ford’s most impressive win in racing history- sweeping the podium at the 1966 Le Mans race.

Ford GT:  How Ford Silenced The Critics, Humbled Ferrari, and Conquered Le Mans details that drive to perfect the GT and is accompanied by amazing photographs. This beautiful 50th anniversary book would make a great preset for any FORD fan or any racing fan for that matter. Physically the book is a beautiful hardbound 10.1 in x 12.5 in 224 page book with many stunning photos intermixed to make it easy to visualize the story at hand.

Author Preston Lerner is a regular contributing writer to Automobile Magazine and co-authored Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman and History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed both with co-author Matt Stone. Photographer Dave Friedman spent most of his career as a film-still photographer on many well-known film productions and in 1962 was hired as a staff photographer by Shelby American, Inc. Later he was hired by The Ford Motor Company to document the company’s racing program. He has a collection of photographs known as the Dave Friedman collection at the Henry Ford Museum archive.


For Full Disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received a copy of this gorgeous book for review purposes from the publisher but the words and thoughts about the book are my own.

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