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Preston Lerner’s Book Provides a Look at the Historic Back Story of Ford’s Le Mans Efforts
On our Bookshelf: Ford GT - How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
We may be Mustang enthusiasts here, but for many Mustang fans it is just part of being a “bleed Ford Blue” lifestyle. As much as we love Mustangs, we have a place in our heart (or our garage if we had the cash) for Fairlanes, Cougars, Cobras, Panteras, Falcons, Torinos, and more. As a Ford fanatic we often love to discuss Ford’s Le Mans winnings, including its 1-2-3 photo finish in 1966 and how famous Mustang builder Carroll Shelby was involved. Now, as we come upon the 50th anniversary of this amazing feat in motorsports, plus the impending return to Le Mans with the new 2017 Ford GT, we can’t think of a better time to dive deep into the full story of how Ford, an American car company, crossed the Atlantic to beat Ferrari at its own game.
Ford GT-How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans is a new release from long time automotive book publishing powerhouse Motorbooks (which is also celebrating 50 years of publishing this year!). The book is written by Preston Lerner, a longtime contributor to our sister title Automobile magazine, and to such prestigious periodicals as Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. He partnered with Dave Friedman, Shelby American’s official photographer in the 1960s, for the book’s photography. He accompanied the Shelby American race team all over the world and contributed many amazing images to the book.
The book takes you through eight chapters, each one a segment of the Ford GT program’s timeline. Starting with May 1963 and the initial development of the program, through to Ford’s last Le Mans win in 1967. The writing is captivating and the images alone—in both color and black & white—are worth the price of this book. An epilog details the upcoming Le Mans contender; Ford’s 2017 GT. A section with full race results is included as well for those that really like to pour over race details.
Featuring over 200 pages with 77 color and 223 black & white photos, this hardbound book is available now wherever fine books are sold, and can be found on such sites as Amazon or directly at Motorbooks.