As I'm sure you are all aware, the 2014 Le Mans Classic, run by Peter Auto of France, takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July. This biennial event
began in 2002 and has grown to become one of, if not the most popular historic race meeting. Le Mans cars, from 1923 to 1979, including GT40s of course, will
be racing again between the traditional times of 4 pm Saturday to 4 pm Sunday. The GT40 Enthusiasts Club has been represented at every one of the
6 previous meetings by a growing number of members and cars; we expect a similarly large turnout at this next one. Bookings As previously, we have enlisted
professional help with the arrangements and issue of passes. For 2014 this will be in the hands of On Site Events
The main contact is Greg Thrale Tel 01425 650762.
For the complete briefing with accommodation & parking details click here.
For those who are interested in the listing of original GT40 owners in the Goodwood Revival, these may help you put names to cars.
Also we still have outstanding questions on certain vehicle chassis, please call me if you can help.
Added to our main Menu is a portal to the GT40 Enthusiasts Club Forum. This has been made possible by the courtesy of Ron Earp
and the GT40s.com organization. Since we both are working to achieve the same end goals, a cooperative relationship has developed between our Club
and the GT40s.com organization. We consider a natural first step is sharing resources. We encourage our Club members to make use
of this forum link to exchange ideas and post notices.
In 1964, the first prototype of the Ford GT, produced by Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV), emerged and was quickly nicknamed the GT40. This was a reference to the car's 40" overall
height. It was, effectively, a 2-seat Formula 1 chassis monocoque, with mid-engine and suspension geometry following F1 layout. This was, then, a completely new concept that has
been followed by countless supercars. Ford had to produce a run of 100 cars to gain homologation as a production racer. After winning Le Mans in 1966, FAV was sold and became JWA,
who carried on producing the cars, racing with sponsorship from Gulf Oil. They were Le Mans winners, again, in 1968 and 1969. The 100 production chassis run still remains incomplete,
P/1089 being regarded as the last of these 'original' cars which was completed in 1998! In the meantime, other manufacturers picked up the baton and started producing
their own versions of the GT40 theme. From Safir, who had permission to carry on the chassis numbering sequence, to the present day, cars are still produced
in numerous countries to varying specifications, but all to the same layout - Ford V8 engine and with the iconic, familiar original body style. Some examples of current production
are sufficiently accurate to the original specification to be allowed in Historic Racing.
The GT40 concept therefore has been in continuous production for 50 years.
There is a thriving Club for all friends of the marque, whether owners or not, aptly named The GT40 Enthusiasts Club, which organises events, from monthly meetings, static shows and track days, to participation in competitive sprints etc. The latest Club magazine is, happily, the 100th in that series! The club welcomes new members, young or old, to join in the ongoing saga of the GT40. For the complete unabridged press release click here.
A guide to motor sport which I think should be read by owners and drivers, who think they want to use their fast car, but don't know how to start.
To read the article click here.
Members and guests of our GT40 Enthusiasts Club attended the Circuit de Bretagne, testing their cars on the track and great fun was had by everyone.
To see the photos and a report click here.
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In the Members Area, we have updated the GT40 Register. There are 887 listings and almost 10,000 images. The Register table is much more functional, now you can sort by field and download the GT40 Register car list. This is private information so we would ask that you to protect it as you do the Membership Directory.
The source data is from Tim Martin, our Treasurer. However, we need your help because we may not have the latest information on all the 40's. If you have pictures, know of any lost cars or have any changes to what we have please let me know. To contact the Webmaster, click here.