Gulf Ford GT40 at Sebring in 1969.

Gulf Ford GT40 at Sebring in 1969.

J.W. Automotive fielded two Gulf Ford GT40’s at Sebring in 1969. Both cars were considered to be ancient by racing standards but the team would win with the #22 GT40 driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver. The #23 team GT40 in this photo was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood but failed to finish due to a broken front suspension. Suspension breaks were not uncommon at Sebring back then. On the back airport straight the expansion joints on the large concrete pads would rise up just a little when it was hot and some drivers described driving over them, at speed, as if they were driving over 2×4’s for almost a mile. Fotografo Sconosciuto.

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