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Winning Ford GT40 at Daytona 1965 | by Nigel Smuckatelli
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Winning Ford GT40 at Daytona 1965

Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby drove this Ford GT40 to a win at the 1965 Daytona 2000 Km. Carroll Shelby and Shelby American had a clean sweep with their cars at Daytona that year and Shelby American would go on to become the only American manufacturer to ever win the coveted Manufacturer's Championship. If you know a little about Daytona history you know the first two Daytona endurance races were known as 3-Hour Continentals while the next two ('64 & '65) were

2000 Km or over 12 hours in length. Daytona's Bill France was determined to have an international endurance race longer than the Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix and that is why he continued to lengthen his race until he got the 24-Hours of Daytona. John Wyer was a well-known critic of the Daytona 24-Hour because he felt that having a shorter race would produce better racing instead of drivers having to conserve their cars to survive 24 hours. The Henry Ford/Friedman photo.

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Taken on May 2, 2012