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

W​ildlife Preserve(d)

Circuit de la Sarthe du Baie arriere de Newport Beach

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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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Comments (12)

  • This.

      1 year ago
  • The hero image...🔥

      1 year ago
  • After a few hundred pictures cut from magazines this became my prized possession. For a year I was afraid to put it together cuz then it would not be new. I bought a glass diorama case with electric lights on it I made it look like a pit at the LeMans circuit. While I was in the Air Force my mom threw away all my model cars and magazines and Indy 500 scrapbooks and all the rest of the stuff she thought I wouldn't need any more. I'm still not over it, LOL

      1 year ago
  • I’d disagree. Look at the Lola Mk 6 ‘design language’, then look at Lunn’s 1963 design sketch for FGT.. then the actual FAV GT 40 Mk 1. I rest my case.

      1 year ago
  • Sorry, Eric Broadley did not design the Ford GT ‘ Mk 1’. Roy Lunn and his design team did. Eric designed the Lola, which FoMoCo contracted as a test bed for the Ford GT.

      1 year ago
    • Most of the design languange of the Ford GT came from Broadley. Lunn and Co did a great job building upon Eric's work. I was very careful not to say that Eric directly designed it with "The Eric Broadley design masterpiece that is the Ford GT40"...

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        1 year ago
    • Beautiful photography Royce!

        1 year ago