By the time the green flag dropped at the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I had been awake for nearly 24 hours, but my adrenaline was pumping, eager and ready for the race ahead. A slew of LMP cars hurdled around turn one, turn two, and then three, swooping through the famous Dunlop chicane towards my photographer’s perch.
Last Saturday evening I had the opportunity to shoot one of the first Production GT’s for the guys over at FORDGTFORUM.com (VIN #10 to be exact). I have been anxious to get back behind the lens again and with some unseasonably warm weather for February I hoped over to their warehouse and did my thing. We used a Brand new Ford F150 Raptor for a ladder (as you do) and got to work.
Bill Kincaid is no stranger to racing. He’s been a life-long fan of automobiles, and years of experience behind the wheel of formula cars has left him with both the skill and talent to navigate racetrack traffic with precision and speed. He’s learned the ins-and-outs of open wheel racing… enough to put his privateer efforts into the realm of the competitive. Touring cars – especially vintage ones – on the other hand, are a bit foreign to Bill.
There’s not a gearhead on the planet over the age of 20 whom doesn’t hold some form of reverence for the McLaren F1 – during its time, it was unquestionably the greatest car the world had ever seen. It was faster and more advanced than any car before it, setting records that are still held to this day. The McLaren F1 was built to honor the late Bruce McLaren and his legacy – it was an exercise to build what could be considered the ultimate road car.
As I walked the fairway at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one car in particular stopped me dead in my tracks. Ford’s GT40 is unquestionably one of my favorites; backed with truly stunning lines and an even more impressive pedigree, the Le Mans racer is one of the few truly successful American grand tourers. Best of all, the GT40 was born purely out of spite as the result of a growing feud between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari himself.