Honouring Ford’s Bryan Wingfield
Bryan in the driving seat of chassis number GT40 P/1002 (affectionately known as Felix), one of Ford Motor Company’s private collection that he looked after for them
“Daily life” at the Wingfield family home – ‘Felix’ and GT40 P/1000W
Honouring Ford’s Bryan Wingfield – a crowdfunding plea from his daughter Kate Wingfield
”Anyone au fait with the legendary Ford GT40 will no doubt be very aware of the name Bryan Wingfield – an inspiring, respected and admired engineer, husband, father and all round good egg. In fact, go and Google Bryan Wingfield and GT40 just for some context and you’ll begin to get an idea of what we mean….
….Having been evacuated during World War II to Scotland and following a successful engineering apprenticeship with Albion Motors (later incorporated into British Leyland and subsequently the Rover Group) Bryan returned to England after being head hunted by Ford, along with some other colleagues from Albion. It was here that Bryan really found his calling, working primarily at Ford Dunton but also brushing overall-clad shoulders with the likes of Ken Miles at the Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility in Slough where the GT40s were being built.
In the mid ’60s Bryan and three colleagues developed and built a Ford prototype to run alongside the GT40s in the GT class at the esteemed 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Sadly, in a classic case of ‘what could have been’, the project was shelved when it was replaced by the Shelby Daytona. As a result only one car was ever built – The Ford Kondor GT5 – a truly unique one-of-a-kind racer which now belongs to Bryan’s daughter Kate and is currently undergoing restoration work.”
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