Amon 22, is the youngest winner in the history of the event. The race became the subject of a 2009 book, detailing the race and the famous background rivalry between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II, by A.J. [37][38], On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 339 reviews, with an average rating of 7.76/10. We had both driven the first two 7.0-litre cars at Le Mans the previous year: Bruce with Ken Miles and myself with Phil Hill. [17][18][19] In August 2018, JJ Feild was cast in the film to play the automotive engineer Roy Lunn, the head of Ford Advanced vehicles in England and the right-hand man to Henry Ford II. The website's critics consensus reads, "Ford v Ferrari delivers all the polished auto action audiences will expect – and balances it with enough gripping human drama to satisfy non-racing enthusiasts. In 1959, Carroll Shelby is on top of the world after winning the most difficult race in all of motorsports, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 12. [15][19] At the end of the first lap Ford's cars led – Hill ahead of Gurney then Bucknum, Parkes in the Ferrari, followed by Whitmore's Ford, the Chaparral, then the GT40s of Scott and Rindt. It was rumoured that Miles, upset about the team orders, lifted off to allow McLaren to finish a length ahead. And it is that. Ford's answer to Ferrari's next weapon, the 330 P4, was delayed by development problems, handing Ferrari a rematch with the Mk IIs that so dominated them at LeMans, at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The new Le Mans '66 film brings the story of Ford vs Ferrari to the world of Hollywood but, despite being the victors, Ford hasn't shone a light on the movie While the Ford vs Ferrari story culminated in victory for the Blue Oval, there has been a lack of engagement with the newly-released Le Mans ’66 film by the company. After a defective batch of transaxle shafts sank Ford's effort, Ferrari took a 1-2-3 finish with their new P4s and returned the favor of Ford's victory formation. In 1966, Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time. [18] Holqvist spun off with heavy damage, while Thompson was able to get back to the pits. [22] It was race-proven too, after winning the Targa Florio the month before. Shelby and Miles continue development on the GT40 Mk II, but Miles is nearly killed when the car has brake fade during testing. [17][6] Driven by Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier, they made a big impact winning the Nürburgring round just two weeks earlier. Leading from the start, Fords quickly established a lead, although Ken Miles’ collision with John Whitmore’s Alan Mann Racing Ford brought him into the pits at the end of lap one. American Walt Hansgen's Ford hit water on the pit straight and aquaplaned. [45], The Ford team's decision was a big disappointment for Ken Miles, who was aiming for the 'Endurance Racing Triple Crown'—winning Daytona-Sebring-Le Mans—as a reward for his investment in the GT40 development. [7], Once again there was rain at the April testing weekend. Four Alpines finished this year, 9-11-12-13, with that of Delageneste/Cheinisse from the Ecurie Savin-Calberson winning the Thermal Efficiency Index. [34] In its second weekend the film dropped 50% to $15.7 million, finishing second behind newcomer Frozen II, and then made $13.2 million in its third weekend (including $19 million over the five-day Thanksgiving frame), finishing third. [14][15], Ferrari's response to the Mk II was the new Ferrari 330 P3. Filming began in July 2018 in California and lasted a little over two months. Twitter. Results taken from Quentin Spurring's book, officially licensed by the ACO[61] Class Winners are in Bold text. Le Mans ’66 may look like a film about slick motors and the handsome dudes who drive them. It demonstrated that production engines could compete with racing powerplants and that an American-built car could top Europe's best. [32], Jo Siffert put the quickest Porsche 22nd on the grid with 3:51.0, with Nino Vaccarella's Ferrari in 24th (3:53.5) and Jo Schlesser's Matra just behind it (3:53.5). [14][41][47], In a race of attrition it was fortunate the big teams brought such quantity – only 3 of the 13 Fords finished and only the two GTs finished from the 14 Ferraris entered. With Shelby now fully concentrated on the Ford program, the Cobra GTs were abandoned. Though triumphant, the team’s success had a touch of controversy after the three GTs lined up for a photo finish. [2], In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Charlie's Angels and The Good Liar, and was projected to gross $23–30 million from 3,528 theaters in its opening weekend. Just before 4pm, it started to drizzle again. 1966 saw the advent of a completely new set of regulations from the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale – the FIA's regulations body) – the FIA Appendix J, redefining the categories of motorsport in a numerical list. Le Mans '66: the real story. Matt Damon … [25], Ford v Ferrari premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019,[26][27] and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019. With the bitter failure of Ferrari's 330 P3 mirroring the failure of the Ford prototypes the previous year (and with salt rubbed into the wound with Ford's formation finish), the "Ford-Ferrari War" moved into its climactic phase. 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