Recent publicity on the new Ford GT has brought the GT40 to the attention of a whole new generation - and the GT40 Enthusiasts Club is enjoying an upsurge of interest in its activities. The original Ford GT series of the 1960s, generally known as the GT40, is unarguably both one of the most beautiful sports racers in history as well as being one of the most successful. It is hardly surprising that it has maintained a near fanatical following and subsequently spawned a thriving replica market.
The GT40 Enthusiasts club is run for anyone who is passionate about the GT40. We even have original GT40's, and virtually every type of replica ever produced. We have members from all corners of the planet and welcome new ones from every continent and country where GT40's are loved and respected.
The main event for Enthusiasts Club members is the Le Mans Classic. From a handful in 2002, the number of cars driving to Le Mans has increased to 24 in 2004, 38 in 2006 and 58 in 2008. Groups of 4 or 5 cars, usually followed by a chase car to carry the bags, meet at Channel ports to drive down in convoy. The Club has an exclusive parking area inside the Bugatti circuit, conveniently close to the Group 4 and 5 Paddocks, where the racing GT40s live. Interest in the cars is always intense, with large numbers of spectators asking questions and showing intelligent interest.
The Club year is always busy. There are track days - the Club has organised events at Spa, Nurburgring, Goodwood, Silverstone, Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Castle Combe - hill climbs and the occasional drag racing visit to Santa Pod.
Club members' cars are often on display. We take stands at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the NEC Classic Car Show, while area groups support shows such as the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Dunsfold Wings & Wheels Day in their own areas. We support Sporting Bears, where GT40 rides are always over-subscribed. Regional Meetings are held monthly in several areas of the country and you can be guaranteed a warm welcome, whether currently a club member or not. These meetings are informal so drop by for a chat about GT40s and cars in general.
Your membership will run for a full year from date of joining. You will have a personal dashboard in which to edit your profile and manage your items for sale or wanted. You may also add details of your GT40 in our register, if relevant.
The current worldwide membership stands at just under 400. The Club's active and attractively laid-out website keeps members up to date and carries late-breaking news.
The Club publishes a full-colour 44 page magazine 4 times a year, containing articles on car builds and modifications, racing, historical articles, attendance at race meetings and social events. Its aim is to promote excellent engineering with safety, to be controversial and to keep Club members up-to-date with developments in the GT40 world.