This GT40 resides in the underground parking lot below my apartment building. I have lived here 6 months and in that time it has never come out from under it’s ‘baby bum soft’ cover, let alone moved. I had no idea what it was until I was down there in the dim light searching for something to shoot for the Photomatix long exposure challenge. My wife snuck a peak and I very much liked what I saw!!

I only dared snap a very quick photo of the rear end before dropping the cover and making a quick get away… ;-) The owner is one very lucky driver.

The Ford GT40 was a high performance sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969 (1966 being a Mk II, 1967 a Mk IV, and 1968-1969 the oldest chassis design, the Mk I). It is so far the only car, built by an American company, to win overall at this prestigious event(1967).3 It was built to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari (who won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965). Chassis # P-1075, which won in 1968 and 1969, is the first car in Le Mans history to win the race more than once with the same chassis, and only one of two cars to have won with the same chassis.) using a Ford engine originally 4.7- liter, enlarged to 4.9-liter (also known as a 5.0) with special alloy Gurney-Weslake cylinder head.

The car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the windshield) as required by the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.2 liter, 4.7 liter and 7 liter) were used, compared with the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 liter or 4.0 liter.

Early cars were simply named “Ford GT”. The name “GT40” was the name of Ford’s project to prepare the cars for the international endurance racing circuit, and the quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first 12 “prototype” vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112. The “production” began and the subsequent cars, the MkI, MkII, and MkIIIs,( with the exception of the MkIV, which were numbered J1-J10)were numbered GT40P/1000 through GT40P/1145, were officially “GT40s”. The name of Ford’s project, and the serial numbers dispel the story that “GT40” was “only a nickname.”

The contemporary Ford GT is a modern homage to the GT40.

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 18-55mm Nikkor lens @ 18mm, iso 2200, f/22, shutter 2 seconds, tripod.
HDR created from 1 raw image tone mapped in photomatix and final processing in PS CS4.

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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Comments

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Bob.

    – Luke Griffin

  • michaelscott
    michaelscottalmost 4 years ago

    very cool shot! one lucky owner, indeed!

  • Absolutely. Thanks Michael.

    – Luke Griffin

  • est1979
    est1979almost 4 years ago

    I nominate this picture for the Challenge With A Difference in the Selective Colour group. Good luck with this image (or any other you submit). Pete…

  • Wow, thanks so much!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...almost 4 years ago

    If I owned it…I’d drive it! :)

  • You got that right! ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • jphall
    jphallover 3 years ago

    Oh yeah ! Nice discovery !

  • And would you believe it is still yet to move an inch.

    Thanks JP!

    – Luke Griffin

  • jphall
    jphallover 3 years ago

    i don’t think i would let it sit very long.

  • Well I can say the driver of another one that passed me the other day was sure thinking the same thing! No way my BMW was keeping up with him!!

    – Luke Griffin

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