50 years of GT40 and 250 LM


Goodwood has announced that this year’s Revival will play host to the 50th Anniversary celebrations of two Le Mans rivals.

Whitsun Trophy to be the first all-GT40 event
Whitsun Trophy to be the first all-GT40 event
First up, the Ford GT40, was famously commissioned by Henry Ford II in an effort to beat Enzo Ferrari after the latter refused to sell his company to Ford. It eventually achieved that aim, winning the 24-hour four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969. Erm... so how does that make it the GT40's 50th? Well, it was a development of Lola's Mk6 GT, which first raced in 1963. Which sort-of makes sense.

A tenuous excuse for celebration, then, but that's fine by us if it gives us the sight of a pack of GT40s dicing at high speed. It'll actually be the Whitsun Trophy race which will be given over to the GT40, traditionally one of the event's most exciting rounds; what's more, say Goodwood, it'll be the first time in history that a dedicated race specifically for the model will have been held.

First time in 13 years the LM has raced at Goodwood
First time in 13 years the LM has raced at Goodwood
But the GT40 isn’t the only iconic Le Mans winner that’ll be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Revival; Ferrari’s delectable 250 LM, the car that took the chequered flag in 1965, will also be racing. While this time there won’t be a dedicated event, there will be a number of LMs taking part in the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration race, which will put it in the mix with such competition as 250 GTOs, Maserati 151s, Aston Martin DB4s and lightweight Jaguar E-Types. It’ll be the first time in 13 years that any 250 LM has competed at Goodwood.

All of which should make the already-excellent Revival even more of a treat than usual. Excited much?

P.H. O'meter

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  • dinkel 11 Feb 2013

  • chevronb37 11 Feb 2013

    How about this one, Coppice? One from my father's archive. He grew up in Darlington and used to go to Croft from time-to-time. This is the 1968 Birthday Cup which featured Jeff Edmonds' 250LM. There are more photos and a few words here: http://www.motorcardiaries.co.uk/2011/birthday-cup...


  • Donkey62 11 Feb 2013

    chevronb37 said:
    Yes, quite.

    A number of 250LMs have competed since 2000. I'll say something, the motor racing reporting on this site is frequently completely hopeless. I'm sorry, chaps, but to pass oneself off as an enthusiast for an event or a car without having any apparent knowledge or having done any research is pretty poor journalistic form.
    +1

  • coppice 11 Feb 2013

    Both cars were important to me as a teenager when I marshalled at hillclimbs in Yorkshire;I was usually on the start line and positioning Maggie Blankstone's GT40 and Jack Maurice's 250 LM (or was it 275 ?)at the start was a hell of an experience. If not quite as dramatic as bump starting F1 and F5000 cars. I am now almost deaf in my left ear- no idea why ...

  • chevronb37 10 Feb 2013

    IDrinkPetrol said:
    Few things... The 250 LM has run at Goodwood since 2000, I'm sure that I remember the David Piper car in 2010 (the only chance I've had to go).
    It's just that it's run in the Whitsun Trophy, not in the TT. (as is said pretty clearly in the Goodwood release)

    Also, it's a good job that Mr Piper tends to pedal it around himself (if he's running it this year), not sure how many drivers would take the chance in it...
    Yes, quite.

    A number of 250LMs have competed since 2000. I'll say something, the motor racing reporting on this site is frequently completely hopeless. I'm sorry, chaps, but to pass oneself off as an enthusiast for an event or a car without having any apparent knowledge or having done any research is pretty poor journalistic form.

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