For Immediate Release: 13 September 2013
THE 2013 GOODWOOD REVIVAL
MARKS THE 50
TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FORD GT40’s DEVELOPMENT
WITH A UNIQUE ONE-MODEL RACE
The world’s finest collection of significant and authentic racing Ford GT40s
have been gathered at the 2013 Goodwood Revival (13-15 September) for an
exceptional one-model race; the first time in history that a dedicated
competition has ever been held for these iconic Ford racers.
The 2013 Revival’s Whitsun Trophy race, presented by UBS, marks 50 years
since the genesis of the Ford GT40 programme. Although the first GT40
wasn’t completed until early 1964, the Ford project actually began a year
earlier in 1963, when Henry Ford II - snubbed by Enzo Ferrari over the sale of
his company to the Michigan-based automotive giant - set out to beat ‘il
Commendatore’ at his own game, with sights set firmly on victory in the Le
Mans 24Hours race.
A Ford advanced vehicles operation was set up in Slough to deliver this goal
and the GT40 programme was led by Eric Broadley, who had engineered the
Lola Mk6 GT that first raced in 1963, a closed coupe designed along similar
lines to the GT40. The GT40 (initially known as the Ford GT) was created to
meet with new manufacturer prototype regulations at Le Mans, and the Ford
went on to become an endurance racing icon, winning the 24 Hours race at
four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969.
The UBS Whitsun Trophy race promises to make for an intriguing spectacle
and a fitting tribute to one of the world’s most revered sports car with a long
association with Goodwood, both at the Motor Circuit in period, plus the
Goodwood Revival, with examples racing here since the first event in 1998.
In addition, Goodwood Revival partner UBS is staging a special Le Mans-style
pit land paddock to display a number of GT40s, with additional examples of
this icon Ford located around the event, along with a track parade.
For media enquiries, please contact Gary Axon or Janet Bradley in the
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