Shelby and Holman and Moody were both given money to form race teams along with private teams with small-block GT40s.
The Shelby Cobra roadster had challenged Ferrari since 1962 for the GT World Champioship, finally taking away in 1965 with the Cobra Coupe, this put Ferrari and Ford talking with Ferrari finally saying go away.
The prototypes, Ford GT, Ferrari P - P2-P3 , and others less known were the class that replaced the GTs in 1966 and the rest is history.
The GT 40 Mk.II was a British Car with an American engine, but the Mk. IV in 1967 was a All-American car and when Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt won LeMans, that was more than the F.I.A. org. that made the rules from Europe could take and they changed the rules that killed the bigger faster prototypes Ford, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and other less known were preparing.
The new rules were still a bust as a Ford GT40 with a small-block Ford still won LeMans the next two years.
Recently Ford went back to LeMans, one of the main reason they built the new Ford GT recently, this year and won their Anniversary race in class.
Neither Ford , nor Ferrari have been major competitors in sport car racing for decades, Ferrari is now strictly privateer, with factory connections, and Ford comes and goes as it sees fit.
Chevy is building the new rear engined Corvette partly due to asinine GT regs. now strictly limit horsepower, if you are too good they penalize you, and they cannot employ the engine advantages they used to have and building a rear-engined car makes it easier for them to remain competitive.
As far as proving who build the better product, sports car racing is now meaningless under current regs., far, far more than even NASCAR.
A few years back, Roger Penske embarassed the rules makers.
There were two main, as far as speed classes, Prototype 1 and Prototype 2, obviously 1 is supposed to be the premier, faster class, well Penske read the rules closely, talked to Porshe and won the U.S. IMSA Champioship with a P2 Porsche.
Now rules are tighter and even more of farce as far as building a better car.
I have not seen it yet but from reports, by gents I post with across the pond who knew some of the gents portrayed in the movie, the portrayals are typical Hollywood think, with a lot of bs inserted, but the movies is worth the time.
To them, some of whom knew Ken Miles, that is who the movie is really about, and Ken Miles got screwed out the victory by a decision H. Ford made that Ford later said he greatly regretted, especially as Miles was killed testing the next generation Ford GT.
Way, way back in the late nineties, when Dodge decided to go racing with the Viper, their success , embarrassing the Corvette that had become a total boulevard cruiser as far as racing fans saw it, is the reason within a year for the first time in close to fifty years there was a factory Chevy Corvette racing team.
Before the current extremely restricted rules, after the factory Chevy was dominating its class, some Ferrari privateers ragged on the Ferrari factory hard to OK a private firm building a modified production Ferrari competitive enough that in 2003 Chevy had the first, and last, real competition after Dodge had pulled out.
The IMSA GT 1 championship went down to the last race and Chevy won by a slim margin.
Lamborghini made a half-hearted attempt but Maserati, another reason besides the Chevy domination for more asinine rules, made a very serious attempt with a car in the Dodge Daytona type limited production, and they dominated in Europe.
There were actually many small budget attempts by many, mostly small, obscure to those who are not sports car gearheads, manufacturers that made modified production GT racing from 1998-2005 extremely interesting.
Last edited by Bob Riebe; 12-02-2019 at 11:48 PM.