Shaun Stubley Black


The iconic GT4O was famously developed by Ford to beat Ferrari following their unsuccessful attempt to buy the Italian marque. Ford had seen the very advanced Lola Mk 6 do well at Le Mans in 1963, so approached Lola’s owner and chief engineer, Eric Broadley, to work on the project. Ford then hired the ex Aston Martin team manager John Wyer and sent their engineer Roy Lunn to work with them in England, as he had experience of mid engined designs. Ford established a new subsidiary to build the car, Ford Advanced Vehicles ltd, with John Wyer as its director. Based in Slough, they began work, and the resulting cars first race was the 1964 Nurburgring 1000km. Three weeks later three cars entered the Le Mans 24 hours. All retired, but development continued and the GT40’s Mk I’s first victory came in February 1965 at the Daytona 2000km. The experience gained in ‘64 and ‘65 led to the development of the 7 litre Mk II which achieved Ford’s initial goal by beating Ferrari hands down with a stunning 1-2-3 at Le Mans in 1966. Ford developed the radically different “J” car, or Mk 4 version of the GT40 for the 1967 season (the Mk 3 was a road car variant of the original Mk I). It again won at Le Mans. Rule changes for ’68 made the Mk 4 illegible, so John Wyer returned with a modified 4.7 litre Mk I and won. Despite the car being seriously outdated he achieved the same feat in 1969, beating a Porsche 908 by seconds, with amazingly the same car that had won in ‘68, the legendary GT40P/1075.

Ford GT40 mk I





Oil on canvas