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Ford GT40 - The autobiography of 1075

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This sumptuous book tells the story of one of the world’s most important racing cars.

Always raced in Gulf’s iconic blue-and-orange colours, this Ford GT40, known by its chassis number ‘1075’, won the Le Mans 24 Hours not just once but twice, in 1968 and 1969, and the second victory came after the closest fight ever seen at the finish of this great endurance race. Four other championship wins – at Brands Hatch, Spa, Watkins Glen and Sebring – add to this GT40’s distinction as the very best of its breed, driven by ‘greats’ such as Jacky Ickx, Pedro Rodríguez and Brian Redman. The car’s entire competition life is covered in fascinating detail, together with biographies of its drivers and insights into John Wyer’s crack team that ran it, all supported by a fine collection of period photographs.

Key content

  • Early in 1968, after two non-finishes in Florida, at Daytona and Sebring, Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman overcame Porsche’s challenge in the six-hour BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch.
  • At the Spa 1,000Km in Belgium, torrential rain allowed Ickx to demonstrate his wet-weather mastery on his home circuit and take a second win for ‘1075’, ably supported by Redman.
  • Back in the USA, with Ickx now partnered by fellow Belgian Lucien Bianchi, Watkins Glen brought a third win amid controversy about team orders.
  • With Ickx sidelined by injury, Mexican ace Pedro Rodríguez was drafted in to join Bianchi at Le Mans – and they won comfortably after Porsche’s four-car works challenge collapsed.
  • The second of three outings in 1969 saw a return to the Sebring 12 Hours and an unexpected success for Ickx and Jackie Oliver against formidable new opposition from Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.
  • And so to Le Mans again: in this old warhorse’s final race Ickx and Oliver again achieved the unexpected by putting themselves in strong contention for victory – but it was only decided on the last lap.

The author - Ray Hutton

Ray Hutton’s first race as a working motorsport journalist, the 1968 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch, was also the first win for ‘1075’. Through his reporting in subsequent years, including the epic Le Mans of 1969, he came to know all of the car’s drivers, as well as team manager John Wyer. A long-time editor of Autocar, he has enjoyed a distinguished career in motoring and motorsport journalism. He is honorary president of the International Car of the Year Jury, vice-president of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and an associate member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. His work has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy and the Bentley International Trophy.

Signed by Ray Hutton

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MB
06/21/2018
Martin B.
Detail and Depth

I was delighted to discover details in the book that kept me reading. In common with the other books in the Great Cars series, the focus allows a depth of history to be revealed - uncovering fascinating insights into the background and context of a particular car and period in history.

R
01/30/2018
Roberto
Stunning book

I'd wish to congratulate Ray Hutton about his stunning book "Ford GT 40 P/1075"...very emotional!

LG
12/11/2017
Luc G.
A must have

This wonderful book was delivered today and as a Rodriguez fan, I can only say that I'm very very pleased with all the great pictures of my hero it contains. The book is stylish and the design just stunning, its composition well studied with great pictures and chapters on the complete history of 1075, the Le Mans objective, the 1968 & 1969 seasons, the drivers, the JWA Team and the later life of this famous car. A must have in the library of every motor racing fan!