Goodwood Goodies: GT40 Onboard

The live stream may be done for the day, but we can still enjoy some of the on-track action at this year’s running of the mighty Goodwood Revival. Let’s ride along with Kenny Brack in what looks to be a quite slippery session with and entire field of Ford GT40s. This is what a whole lot of power with not a whole lot of grip looks like. Kenny has fast hands.


Thanks, Goodwood.

Goodwood to Live Stream the Revival

Ford GT40 grid

Welp, my weekend just filled up. For the first time, Goodwood will be live streaming the Revival all weekend long. Now you’ll be well-placed to take in all the events at a level of breadth that the highlight shows simply can’t cover. I’m particularly looking forward to the Whitsun Trophy race featuring an entire field of GT40s. I am so so, so, so very excited for this.

1st Prize: A Brand New ’67 Ford Mustang

Factories at Work: In The Ford Wind Tunnel

Ford J Car in the Wind Tunnel

You’d think that Ford would have rested a bit after achieving their drubbing of Ferrari and bringing LeMans victory home. But whether it was just momentum or to silence critics that suggested that the GT40 was more Lola than Ford, FoMoCo decided to bring the design of the next iteration of the GT car more in-house. Keeping the mighty 7 liter of the previous generation, they sculpted a new shape around it in partnership with Kar Kraft. Getting those strings placed right to measure the wind movement over the shape helped refine the aerodynamics of the project that would eventually become the GT40 Mk IV.

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5th Gear Takes the Mk. 1 Lotus Cortina for a Spin

As Smooth as it is Brutal

Music to Charm a Cobra!

The incredible roar of a Ford “289 High Performance” V-8 being tested at peak R.P.M. on the Shelby American engine dyno! A powerful, thundering, bellow that has shaken the ground and reverberated in a million thrilled road racing fans from LeMans to Riverside. A sound as smooth as it is brutal; the culmination of thousands of hours of research, testing, and development, to field the most fantastic production sports car the world has ever known, the Cobra! It’s the sound of precision engineering… of victory!

Cobra powered by Ford

Shelby American, Inc. 1042 Princeton Drive, Venice, California

Not For Everybody. Just For You.

Shelby G.T.350 is “Son of Cobra”

Adults only!

Shelby-American presents America’s fastest, race-bred stock car! You’ll thrill to its performance, you’ll hold your breath behind the wheel!! Every minute is something new never seen before!!!

SEE 306 Ford horses packed into the wild and wooly 289 engine…four barrel carburation, high rise aluminum manifold and a hand-built tuned exhaust system. SEE distinctive Mustang styling to which has been added such “everybody will notice” features as rear quarter panel windows, rear brake scoops and “there goes a G.T. 350” striping. SEE computer designed suspension with front anti-roll bar, competition shocks, front disc brakes and torque controlled rear axle. SEE the G.T. 350 scream from zero to sixty in 5.7 seconds. SEE the G.T. 350…the car that’s not for everybody. Just for you.

FIRST Bp at Cumberland. Bob Johnson. FIRST overall at Kent, Washington. Jerry Titus. FIRST in Bp at Elkhart Lakes, Tom Yeager. FIRST overall at Mid-Ohio. Bob Johnson. FIRST, second, third and fourth in Bp at Lime Rock. Johnson, Donahue, Krinner and Owens. FIRST overall at Mossport. Wietzes and Fisher.

Written and Directed by Carroll Shelby. Producted by Shelby-American, Inc.

Misspelling Elkhart Lake!? Sacrilege! And the “Adults Only” tag might be my favorite part of this “in a world”-style, ham-fisted grindhouse-y trailer copy. Great illustration, too.

Factories at Work: Shelby-American Skins a Cobra

This set seems appropriate as we all catch our breath from Cobra’s celebration at the Monterey Historics. I often wonder if precious racing artifacts like this body buck for the Daytona Coupe are sitting under a tarp in a forgotten corner of a forgotten warehouse.

Whenever I see the wooden grid of one of these body bucks, or even a clay blank for a fiberglass mold, I am overcome with the desire to learn how to do this.

via The Henry Ford Museum’s Dave Friedman collection.

Update: In the comments, Fab says that some of these photos are of the body buck for the AC Coupe and not the Daytona Coupe. Looking at the rear end of the buck, I think he may be right. I hate when I do that.

Factories at Work: Assembling the Shelby Daytona

Seeing the mighty Daytona Coupe in her bare aluminum bodywork in these Shelby American publicity photos from 1964 makes me sympathize with these engineers and mechanics. They must have been filled with trepidation for the coming season. This being Shelby American, I’m sure they didn’t show it. But although their heads must have been dancing with the possibility, they couldn’t have known that this intoxicating machine they were assembling were about to become a legend.

Presumably this is CSX2287—the prototype—being gingerly pieced together at Shelby’s Venice workshop. If I’m right, it wouldn’t be long before this machine would the piloted by Phil Hill, by Dave MacDonald, by Bob Holbert, by Innes Ireland…. and the list goes on.

If this is indeed the prototype, Wikipedia says that this gorgeous piece of American muscle exited her career with a little vacation that earned her 25 USAC/FIA world records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. That, my friends, is a proper retirement party for a racing car; particularly an American racing car.

Regardless, it’s marvelous to see things humming inside the Shelby Workshops.

via Nigel Smuckatelli’s brilliant Flickr Stream.