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Ford dominated the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1966, winning it for the first time, and taking all the podium places with its updated MkII and stellar driver line-up.But instead of euphoria on the podium, Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren, who were classified first, were strangely subdued. The pair had inherited victory from fellow Ford driver Ken Miles in car no1, who had earlier pulled out a lead of.

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Ken Miles, portrayed by Christian Bale in the upcoming movie ‘Le Mans ’66’, was a rogue figure who drove for Ford during the race. Photo by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images
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Ferrari, focuses on British driver Ken Miles, an unsung motorsports hero. In honor of Miles, we’re republishing James T. Crow’s obituary of the driver from the November, 1966 issue of Road & Track.

Development on Ford’s J-Car had been paused during the endurance racing season, but now that the team had returned Ken Miles resumed test driving the J-Car, which featured new engineering improvements designed to make the car lighter. Ken Miles was coming downhill at the Riverside course when the J car unexpectedly flipped and caught fire.
It follows the rivalry that scorched around the track of the famous 24-hour racing competition between the Ford and Ferrari teams, in which Bale plays Ken Miles and Damon is Carroll Shelby on the Ford team.. Visionary American car designer Shelby and the fearless British driver Miles together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a.
However, because of creating the photo for Ford, Miles lost the race and came in second due to a technicality; as the Ford No. 2 team driven by Bruce McLaren had started the race behind him, and the rules of the Le Mans stated that in case of a dead-heat the car which had traveled the most distance wins. Hence, Ford No. 2 won.

Ken Miles was an exceptionally talented race driver as well as a skilled mechanic and engineer. He was also one of Carroll Shelby’s closest associates during Miles’ too-short life. Ken Miles assisted in the design of some of Ford’s top performance cars of the ‘60s, including the Shelby GT350.
On August 17, 1966, Ken Miles died when the Ford J-car he had been testing for almost an entire day at California’s Riverside International Raceway flipped, crashed, and caught on fire, then broke.
After two years of dismal results, Ford handed over his Le Mans program to Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, an exceptionally skilled driver, mechanic and car engineer who worked with Shelby as a test.

Profile for racing driver Ken Miles from United States. Ken Miles was key in Ford’s triumph at Le Mans in 1966, developing and racing the Ford GT40, as depicted in the film Le Mans ’66. He also developed the Shelby Cobra. But Miles is also known for missing out on the Le Mans win in 1966; he gave up a dominant lead in an effort to ensure a tied finish with the second-placed GT40, driven by.
The death of 47-year-old Miles, following that of 46-year-old Hansgen, led Ford to favour younger drivers in subsequent race entries. [ citation needed ] The significantly revised J-car, renamed the Ford Mk IV , won the only two races in which it was entered: the 1967 Sebring (Fla.) 12 Hours, and the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans .
Ken Miles’ death in Ford v Ferrari isn’t too far off from what really happened – though the movie changes some details for storytelling purposes. For years, Hollywood wanted to adapt the true story of Ford’s triumph over the perennial champion Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and for good reason.

Ford v Ferrari. The Ford v Ferrari battle at the Le Mans 24 Hours race of 1966 was a personal feud between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari that played out on endurance racing’s grandest stage, the story dramatic enough to warrant a Hollywood telling of the story that took Ford to the top step at La Sarthe.
Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari and Ken Miles with. In one of the many rousing sales pitches that Matt Damon’s race car driver–turned–race car maker Carroll Shelby.
Christian Bale, right, plays Brit driver Ken Miles,. The unstoppable Ken Miles at the wheel of his Ford race car during Le Mans 24 in June, 1966 Credit: Getty – Contributor.

Still, even in death, Ken Miles was an unsung racing hero. Ford intended the J-car to be a follow up to the Ford GT Mk. As a direct result of Miles’ death, the car was renamed the Ford Mk IV and outfitted with a steel rollover cage. When driver Mario Andretti crashed the car at Le Mans 1967, the cage is believed to have saved his life.
Ford V. Ferrari Shines A Rare Light On Unsung Racing Hero Ken Miles. In the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, there are a lot of icons . Read more
To do so, the brand enlisted car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to come up with a car that could beat the Italians. Ford v Ferrari is getting rave.

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