Post by 1961redlegs on Nov 28, 2019 18:28:41 GMT -5
Last night I finished a replica of the Mercury GT40 that Mark Donohue and Peter Revson drove in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours.
The Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company needed a way to advertise and highlight their Mercury Cougar. In an attempt to boost the Cougar, while minding the tricky inter-brand politics, Ford sent Mercury four GT40s. Two of these machines went to the car show circuit while the other two entered the 1967 Daytona 24-Hour Continental, with one prepared by Shelby American and the other by Holman-Moody. Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt drove Shelby American’s Mercury and Holman-Moody tapped sports car ace Mark Donohue and up-and-comer Peter Revson to pilot theirs.
Unfortunately, neither these, nor any other GT40 figured in the race as Ferrari fully avenged its defeat by Ford at Le Mans the previous June. The new Ferrari 330 P4 had the measure of the entire field and had their own 1-2-3 finish at the line. The Revson and Donohue pairing went out fairly early with a busted gearbox.
Ford took a thrashing, but was ready with an updated car at Sebring as the pendulum swung away from the men from Modena once again.
Fujimi made a Mercury GT40, but they ain’t cheap nor are they readily available. But luckily, I used the new Mercury conversion kit from Calvin, along with the Fujimi GT40 Mk.II. The conversion can make either Mercury and the parts are exceptionally well-cast. It is painted Tamiya TS-21 gold and I used Indycals decals for the build. Thanks for looking!
Oooh that's a beauty. The #4 5 and 6 cars were run by the Holman/Moody team and used single 4 barrel carb setup that won at Le Mans in '66. The #1 2 and 3 cars ran the dual carb setup that dominated at Le Mans a few months later. I plan on doing one from each team.