- D​avid Miyasako's perfect heritage Ickx/Oliver Ford GT40 visits Newport's Back Bay: Story & Photos by Royce Rumsey

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Newport Beach’s back bay is a wildlife preserve and sanctuary ironically located in the “celebration of new and expensive” that is the ‘raison de etre’ of its geographical namesake.

It’s only fitting that a quiet morning marshland with great herons plying the thrushes and reeds was recently punctuated by the sharp, basso-profundo 560 hp Roush 427 exhaust note escaping the rear of a bright Gulf P1075 Ickx/Oliver Wyer heritage Ford GT40.

If there ever was wildlife deserving preservation and sanctuary it’s this car.

David Miyasako’s magnificent heritage Ford GT40 is what Autoweek correctly asserted is a real Ford GT “So authentic, the GT40 also carries the GT40/P chassis number and is eligible for the official GT40 registry and Shelby Registry. The GT40 continuation is built to exact standards, in fact over two thirds of the rolling chassis parts are interchangeable with that of an original car. “ *

The Eric Broadley design masterpiece that is the Ford GT40 provides for a wonderful visual and aural counterpoint to the placid environs--as David struggles to keep this 560 HP ersatz LeMans victor smooth at the 15mph speed limit of the serpentine Back Bay circuit. Despite its “8 stack” EFI the Mulsanne Monster simply does not enjoy being driven at sub-pit lane speeds. Nonetheless, the Gulf Livery Ford GT40 looks magnificently menacing as its vibrant colors, ‘awake the dead’ sound and hip-high pursuit profile prowls the Bay’s route.

Even the “oh-so-ecologically-correct” bicyclists in the bay admire the famed Ford. Nothing beats pure performance.

* Autoweek, December 27, 2016

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