Is there a more iconic, American racecar than the Ford GT40? That may be a discussion for another day (although by all means, tell us how wrong we are in Comments), but this video of heaps of GT40s running in the Goodwood Revival races certainly has us thinking that Ford's Ferrari-killer might just be the best racer the Land Of The Free and Home Of The Brave has ever come up with.

That's completely ignoring the fact that the GT40 was largely developed by Brits using American money, but that's besides the point (there was also a rather brash Texan, who had a big role later in development). The resulting vehicle was dominant, besting the cars of Il Commendatore from 1966 to 1969, although it should be noted that Ford's GT40 was unable to beat Ferrari in its first two Le Mans outings in 1964 and 1965.

Those four years of dominance, which started with Ford sweeping the podium, were enough to establish the GT40's legend. And now, here we are almost 50 years later, celebrating the mid-engined monsters at Goodwood, in their first ever one-make race. Take a look below for the entire video.


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      Mac
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recently saw a great review of the Ford GT40, GT70 and GT. Truly iconic cars: http://autostrada.tv/blog/2013/10/18/ford-gt40-gt70-gt/
      Chuggowitz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, only the final version of the car was american made, the very genesis of it was british. Yes, Ford is american, but just because they paid for it doesn't mean that it's american.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chuggowitz
        Well, you really know something is well respected when everyone wants to claim ownership/invention of it. Success has a thousand fathers, failure is an orphan.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a great car, but I think that perhaps one of the Chaparral cars was the best US race car ever. The 2E probably. That design changed racing cars forever. It also had F1's DRS 45 years before F1 did. It was also largely American too.
      Diz
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this isn't heaven for the eyes and ears, it'll do until something else comes along.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when I was, like, 11 or 12, and the Countach, Testarossa and Vector were all the rage, a friend of my pop gave me a huge poster of a GT40 in the midst of one of its Le Mans outings. Suddenly, neither the Countach nor the Testarossa looked so boss anymore. In comparison, they still don't. One of these days, I'll own one...even it means a kit car or a Ford GT (which is a goal in its own right).
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the best cars ever made
      ze_german
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen the black #2 car race numerous times. Beautiful machine, and I'm very happy to see that it made it overseas to race with its cousins.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      "one-make race" Well that doesn't measure up. The original beat Ferrari and Porsche on the race track.