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October 27, 2015

Next year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Motor Company's first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The third time was indeed the charm for the marque as a squadron of Ford GT40 Mark IIs overwhelmed Ferrari, scoring a 1-2-3 sweep of the race.

2016 will see Ford's return to the 24 Hours with a brand new GT and will again challenge Ferrari, this time for GT LM honors - a nd if Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin have anything to say about it, we're in for a great battle next June!

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Le Mans win, Preston Lerner and Dave Friedman - authors of 'Scarab' - have teamed up once again to produce a comprehensive history of that golden era in endurance racing.  'Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans' will be available next week. 

Order your copy before Monday, November 2 for free ground shipping in the continental US.  Details below:

Ford GT
How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
by Preston Lerner
Photographs by Dave Friedman

Get the whole story on the car built to beat the world--Ford's GT.

Henry Ford II, "the Deuce," wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks.

The Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the "Mark II" GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history: Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966.

'Ford GT' celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman's historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!

Hardbound | 224 Pages




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