Throttle Back Thursday: How the REAL Ford v Ferrari looked in ‘Competition Press’ in 1966

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November 14, 2019 11:31 AM

Throttle Back Thursday: How the REAL Ford v Ferrari looked in ‘Competition Press’ in 1966

Here’s a peek at what really happened, minus the Hollywood, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Mike Pryson

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Ken Miles puts his Ford to the test at Le Mans in 1966.

FORD HORDES FORGE SWEEP was the headline of the July 9 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek as our writers and editors captured the Ford v Ferrari saga in print in 1966.
The much-anticipated Ford v Ferrari movie, which makes its nationwide opening on Friday, is rooted in the epic battle between the two car manufacturers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Still, there’s more than enough Hollywood to go around.

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Competition Press covered the race over four pages (even though the cover boasts “THREE full pages”) and even took time to break down the rather disappointing TV coverage of the race in the U.S—taking note that race winner Bruce McLaren’s name was misspelled in graphics throughout the broadcast.
“Well, they did it,” was the lead to the main story. “After three years and the expenditure of something in the region of $3 million, Ford has won Le Mans. Yet the general feeling around the circuit this evening seems to be rather apathetic, and people are reacting as if they have just been watching a steamroller at work.”
We’re sure moviegoers won’t be apathetic when they see Matt Damon and Christian Bale as Carroll Shelby and racer Ken Miles take on the evil empire—er, Ferrari—on the big screen in director John Mangold’s film.

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