Who doesn’t love a bit of automotive nostalgia? It’s all the rage now, too. About two weeks on from Porsche revealing a bunch of amazing retro paint jobs for its 935 homage track car, Ford has announced it’s to use some equally lovely ‘Celebration Liveries’ for the GTs that will be running in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.
First up, there’s the black livery of the #66 car, driven by Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla, Billy Johnson. It’s intended to reference the GT40 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon to victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans – the Ford’s first outright victory at La Sarthe.
Ford didn’t just win the 1966 running of the famous endurance race – it managed a 1-2-3. Just behind McLaren and Amon’s GT40 was the #1 machine of Ken Miles and Denny Hulme. For Le Mans 2019, the #69 GT driven by Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook will take on a similar colour scheme.
The GT40 also proved unstoppable the following year, with Ford drivers Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt taking to the top step of the podium. The #67 GT driven by Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito this year will feature a red and white livery that echoes that of the 1967 winner.
The final design isn’t really what you’d call ‘retro’, but it’s an important one. In 2016 the #68 Ford GT took the LMGTE Pro class victory with Dirk Müller, Joey Hand and Sébastien Bourdais at the wheel. The same trio will be sharing car 68 this year, using the 2016 livery.
Will they be victorious this time around? We won’t have long to wait – the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 15 and 16 June.
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