Watch Kenny Bräck (barely) Tame an Original GT40 in the Rain
The story of the original Ford GT, the GT40, is all too familiar. Ford wanted to buy Ferrari but Ferrari backed out. Ford then wanted to show Ferrari who is boss so it built the GT40 and took it to Le Mans. After fiddling with it for a couple of years, the GT40 won for four consecutive years; from 1966 to 1969. In 1966, the top three spots were all GT40's. It was very impressive, but more importantly, it established the name GT40 and demonstrated that Ford is capable of building a car that not only can go head to head with the best in the world, but also beat them at their own game.
There's a lot more to the story, but that's not the point of this post. The point of this post is to revel in the glory of racing 25 (mostly) original GT40's at Goodwood Revival in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the GT40. Nature played its role in making this as exciting as it could by making it a wet track. Watch Scandinavian racer Kenny Bräck display some proper sisu while beautifully controlling a GT40 on period correct tires in the rain. You can tell how hard he's working to keep the car from spinning, something not everyone could do as you can see just a few seconds into the video.