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Sebring 1966

(Title should say 1966)

Fascinating link with tons of photos. Little bit of everything:

Mustang,
Baracuda,
Abarth,
Ferrari,
Porsche,
Goodyear Blimp,
Covair,
Dart,
BMW,
Ford GT,
Triumph,
Corvette,
Volvo,
Alfa,
DB,
Matra,
MGB,
Cobra,
XKE,
Ford Cortina,
Saab,
Opel,
Pontiac ambulance,
Mini Cooper,
Graham Hill,
Jackie Stewart,
LeMans-style start,
pit scenes,
garage scenes,
engine shots,
wrecks,
trophy queen,
Chris Economaki,
etc, etc, etc.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/sets/72157629575463746/
 

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Yeah, thanks! Such amazing photos, I love it!

Don't know much about the different classes or how many classes there would've been in a race like this.
I wonder for instance if the Alfa GTV in the very first pic was in the same class as the '64-5 Plymouth Barracuda in the second pic.

Cars like the Ferraris must be in different classes I would think.
 

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Great batch of pics! thanks for the link. I love seeing old race pics and videos.
I found 2 pics to be very funny,there are 2 pics of a couple women sleeping on a matress on the roof of a volkswagon bug. :lol:

A curious question,I notice all the racers are wearing open face helmets,what time frame did racers start using full face helmets?
 

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The '66 event had no less then 10 classes!! And it made a HUGE difference ranging from the winning #1 Ford X1 (Roadster GT40) with it's 7 liters running against cars like the 1.1 liter Alpine Renault (car #69, finished 24th). A total of 64 cars took the green but only 27 cars had covered enough distance to be classified as finishing.

If I am not mistaken, was this not the first major win for the Ford GT program? Though this was not the way it was looking until the end, when Dan Gurney was disqualified for pushing his MKII towards the finish in the last 5 minutes as it died while he was cursing to the victory. In the photos this is car #2.

This was also a race of tragedy as GT40 driver Bob McLean lost his life in an accident approaching the turn 7 hairpin (car #18).

This is a well know collection of photos for this years event and it's great that you posted the link for all to enjoy. Here is a link to see the cars in color for that year...

http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/Sebring-1966-03-26.html
 

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Totally facinating bunch of photos, Ward! I can't get over how cool most of them are, (including the black and whites) but the color ones have a whole different flavor due in part by the cropping.
And your racing knowlege helps to appreciate the historical significance of this race. Thank you!
 
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