Post by 1961redlegs on Mar 29, 2019 17:34:12 GMT -5
I just finished this afternoon my replica of Dan Gurney’s and Jerry Grant’s Ford GT40 from the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring.
Ford came to Sebring after a dominant performance in the Daytona 24-Hour, eager to continue it’s success and prepare for LeMans.
On race day, Gurney started on pole, but trouble struck right at the start, as his engine wouldn’t fire right away as the rest of the field passed him by.
After starting the engine, Gurney raced through the field, soon finding himself in a fierce fight for the lead with Ken Miles.
Tragedy struck multiple times in the race, as the Comstock Racing GT40 of Bob McLean crashed and caught fire, killing McLean. Later in the race, Don Wester’s Porsche crashed into the crowd, killing four spectators.
The Gurney/Grant Ford came within an ace of winning, but the engine failed on the last lap. The Miles/Ruby Ford passed Gurney as he pushed it across the line in a vain attempt to finish. Gurney’s heroics, while appreciated, were illegal and the officials disqualified the car. In spite of the Gurney engine failure, Ford swept the top three spots.
This car is a Fujimi GT40, with one slight alteration. This car had a dome to accommodate the tall Gurney and Grant, but wasn’t yet the tear drop shape of the Le Mans GT40s. To accurately reflect what the dome looked like, I found a spare 1/72 scale Spitfire spinner back, cleaned it up and placed it on the roof. Other than that, I built the car box stock.
I painted the car Tamiya Deep Metallic Blue and used Indycals decals. I used a mixture of Tamiya Metallic Gray and Tamiya Gold to replicate the color of the wheels, and I like the result.
Thanks for looking!
"This is Indy. There's a certain way things are done, we don't try to produce results out of green-white-checkereds. It can be a bit gimmicky…”-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2012 IndyCar Series Champion
Post by alwaysindy on Mar 30, 2019 10:42:43 GMT -5
Jerry: Beautiful; just beautiful! The Ford GT saga of 1966 was full of interesting twists and turns...Gurney and Grant had the race in the bag and then Bam! The finish kept Miles/ Ruby in the running for the Endurance Triple Crown: Daytona 24, Sebring 12 hour and LeMans victories in the same year...still has never been done...Tom Kristensen never won the Daytona 24...the different rule packages make this virtually impossible today... What I found to be interesting were the different little mods (the dome or lack of it...the front splitters...the rear snorkels...the placement of small running lights) varied from car to car...but at it’s heart, the Mark II had a bulletproof 427 that was fast and would last...and then in 68 and 69, Ford proved it’s smaller block in the original Ford GT was also fast and would last by winning LeMans again... I always enjoy your builds Jerry! Another great job! Tim