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Shelby American Racing / 66 Le Mans another piece of the story ?
« on: April 27, 2020, 10:51:02 PM »
I had not heard or read of this account before.

source: Twice Around the Clock: The Yanks at Le Mans

According to Charlie Agagiou interview:

When Ken Miles brought his car in for service and a driver change, he was informed of the plan. Miles was crushed. And furious.
To him, this was revenge by those at Ford who didn’t like him. Busy with the car, Charlie Agapiou heard none of this, but when he looked up, immediately he knew something was wrong.

“Ken said, ‘They don’t want me to win the race. They want the Amon/McLaren car to win.’ I said, ‘Ken, what are you talking about? You’re miles ahead of them, how are they going to win the race?’ You gonna’ stop on the back chute or what? That’s impossible.’

But Miles was told the dead heat finish had been okayed by the ACO. To refuse to cooperate would mean the end of his career with Ford, so grudgingly, he agreed to go along with it, perhaps even believing that he had one or more laps in hand and that it would be for appearances only. But had that lap advantage disappeared with a suspect brake disc change?

Earlier, Hulme had brought their car in for scheduled brake change. Multiple sets of bedded-in rotors (discs) were prepared in advance by the crew chiefs of each car.

The new rotors were fitted and Miles took off for his stint, still laps ahead of McLaren. But then, trouble. Miles brought the Mk II back in the next lap. Agapiou was there.

“Ken said, ‘I’ve got a vibration, a brake vibration.’ I said, ‘It can’t be a brake vibration, it must be the tires.’ He said, ‘I’m telling you, it’s a brake vibration.’”

Knowing the rotors had been bedded in, Agapiou threw on a new set of wheels and tires and Miles was sent out.
Only then did Agapiou learn that the rotors he’d been given were not in fact the ones bedded in for Miles’ car. Those had been taken by the McLaren crew.
There was no time to find out why. Miles was on his way in again, and another set of rotors had to be fitted. Agapiou was livid.

“We ended up having to get two more rotors and hoping they were okay. In that time, Ken lost close to two laps, I think.
All this poncin’ around, because McLaren’s crew chief, who was a good friend of mine, didn’t take the time to bed rotors in and put them aside for when his car came in.
And McLaren ended up with our rotors.”

Thinking about it later, Agapiou suspected foul play.

“Ken was close to four laps ahead of McLaren. So there was no way he could have just slowed down for four laps. It would have looked stupid with the bloody press.
I don’t know what went on, but he lost a ton of time with those two stops.”

In any case, the fix was now on near the end of the race. McLaren and Miles were told they’d finish in a dead heat and that both would be declared winner. What no one was told was that the ACO changed their mind – and notified Ford officials – that there could be no dead heat.

As instructed, Ken Miles slowed to let McLaren catch up on the final lap, and for Hutcherson in his and Bucknum’s third Mk II.

As they approached the actual timing line, short of where the flag is thrown, Miles and McLaren seemed to be nearly side by side before Miles inexplicably checked up, allowing McLaren to surge ahead – then Miles pulled forward again.

Charlie Agapiou, too, remained adamant that his friend was robbed, and pulled no punches as to where the blame lay.

“He did exactly what he was told, and at the end, he slowed down on the back chute and all over the place to let McLaren unlap himself. He followed his orders and then he got f***ed. That’s what happened.”

just adding to the various versions of the events, however this adds some more color and explanation to how McLaren & Amon could have erased the multiple lap lead Miles had built.

jim p

I didn't see this listed in any prior posting, interesting to watch removing all the "stuff" piled on top of the car,


jim p

Ford GT / Older FGT Matech Racing video
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:54:38 PM »
posted by rq1trackaddict Sept 2012

love the audio !!  Teamwork  Pitwork  from 17th to 1st  awsome corner work!

thanks rq1trackaddict


Shelby American History / FAV Ford GT Transporter(s)
« on: October 04, 2019, 01:07:10 PM »
I came across this online, I don't have the source noted
I was thinking they were used during the unsuccessful 1964 campaign.
It appears to be the side of the FAV building in the background.

jim p

CSX 2000 Series / Cobra ID, CS & early roadster at Dearborn
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:20:16 PM »
Would this be one of the Ford Engineering cars? early 260?

-- "11M103" Michigan MFG plate would be Ford
-- The wall in the background suggests Ford Dearborn Engineering Center
-- the trees suggest May ~ Sept in Mich.
CSX2008 prior to body removal?
Other possibilities ??

jim p

The Lounge / Amelia Island Concours 2013 video
« on: August 29, 2019, 04:43:11 PM »
Great sights & sounds of significant Ford GT's

jim p

I find the date of publication interesting in the timeline of the GT350 program, May 1964, so the actual driving event would be 30~60 days earlier,  March/April 1964??
Regular production started April 1964, I recall the SAI testing at Riverside took place later in the summer 64, Chuck Cantwell was hired in August?

"At present, Ford has plans for Carroll Shelby (of the Cobras) to campaign 3 of these cars as a team on the Sports Car Club of America circuit.
They'll run in A production catagory (pending acceptance), where in Ford's words,....we hope they finish right behind the Cobras and right in front of the Sting Rays.
They may just do that because they have all the optional equipment ready to do the job. The special racing options include the 271-HP Cobra engine, further suspension modifications
(which include an independent rear system that's very similar to that used on their all-out GT race car - more on that later this year).
The racing version will also be set up with disc brakes at all four corners.
No drivers have been announced yet, but it's safe to bet that Dave MacDonald, the stock/sports car driver will top the list."
CA MFG plate # 13X 014

photos credited to Jim Wright & Jerry Titus, I wonder who did the track driving ???

Is that Jerry under the hood ??

jim p

The Lounge / Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix 6/21 ~ 6/23
« on: June 24, 2019, 03:02:40 PM »
We had an enjoyable time watching the different classes this past week-end.

There was a FIA 64 Falcon that was very well sorted and driven!
6S1838 ( Tom Shelton), and a 70 B302 ( John Cloud ) both with finger prints from Cobra Automotive were great to see.
Other cars of interest was a 68 T/A coupe, and 2 SPF small block Cobra's, they didn't figure in the top places in Group 6.

A very nice chap had a Capri with the Duckworth 3.0L conversion and a Escort MK-I, former Paul Newman car.

jim p

CSX 2000 Series / CSX2286 FE Install
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:57:25 PM »
This appears to be in the Venice shop, "CSX2286" marked on the spring tower, and they are fitting a FE engine.
I'm sure our resident experts can chime in with what version motor it is?? MR, perhaps a STD Cobra engine?

So was the chassis modified to accept the FE prior to shipping over to Modena for the bodywork to be fitted?

jim p

Shelby American Racing / Ken Miles in CSX2431 video
« on: November 25, 2018, 05:57:35 PM »
I haven't seen this before, there's a brief glimpse of CSX2196 as the flip-top in raw aluminum.

jim p

The Lounge / Ford GT runs for the GTLM championship this weekend
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:53:42 AM »
The green flag drops for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 13, 2018. The race will be broadcasted inside the U.S. on FOX Sports 1 and 2, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, and outside the U.S. on

BRASELTON, Ga.- The suspense will be over soon for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and the other IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams still in contention for 2018 championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) titles.

After leading the GTLM standings for much of the year, Ford CGR enters Petit Le Mans as the underdog, even after all but securing the manufacturer’s title for Ford.

The No. 67 duo of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook are second in the driver and team standings, nine points behind the leaders, entering the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, the final race of the season.

Briscoe and Westbrook combined to earn three wins (Rolex 24, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America) and two poles (Watkins Glen, VIR) so far this year.

jim p

The Lounge / "The Return" Video on the Ford return to Le Mans
« on: September 05, 2018, 12:30:28 PM »
Has anyone else watched this on Amazon Prime?

it details the program with interviews along the way, includes drivers, Chip Ganassi / Multimatic folks talking about what went wrong & right.

Not a bad story IMHO.


jim p

Up For Auction / 66 GT350H for sale in NE
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:42:59 PM »
Not my car, just stumbled across the listing, shown to be 6S828

jim p

Ford GT / Road America IMSA - Ford GT #67 finishes P1 in GTLM
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:46:55 PM »
I felt sorry for Duirk Mueller in #66 who put down a great qualifying run to start 1st on the grid,
but got bumped in the race, ran over a curb and broke a toe link, repairs put them back in the pack.

Richard Westbrook / Ryan Briscoe kept the #67 in contention and brought home a win!

jim p

Motor City Region SAAC / Waterford Hills 60th Annv. Vintage Weekend
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »
Went out to see this event, interesting action but no FoMoCo V8 power in the competition.
However spectators could drive the track during the noon break, and this 65 was thundering around the track.

It has extensive race history in the midwest, the owner was very willing to talk, a very enjoyable conversation,
but since I didn't get permission from the owner to share details, I'll share only the photo.

jim p

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