WORLD CHAMPIONS - 50 YEARS ON
Chobham, Surrey, UK. July 6th 2015
On July 4th, 1965, two Alan Mann Racing prepared Shelby Daytona Cobras crossed the line at the Reims-Gueux 12 Hour race to seal the International Championship for GT Manufacturers (more commonly known as the World Sportscar Championship) on behalf of Ford & Shelby American.
Alan Mann Racing is delighted to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this win - the first and only time an American manufacturer won a World Championship.
Created by Carroll Shelby in 1964 to challenge Ferrari on their home European circuits, the Daytona Cobra Coupe is one of the most iconic American cars ever built, powered by a 4.7L Ford V8 with a top speed of over 190mph.
The 1965 season started in superb fashion, with the Daytona Cobra taking 1-2-3 positions at both Daytona & Sebring. At this point, control of the program was handed over to Alan Mann Racing with one simple mandate - beat Ferrari and win the title.
Over the next 5 months, the Daytona's and their lineup of drivers rampaged through Europe at all the classic circuits, including Monza, Oulton Park, Spa, Nurburgring, Reims & Le Mans/La Sarthe.
Many famous names piloted the cars to this historic victory including Bob Bondurant, Frank Gardner, Allen Grant, Bo Ljungfeldt, Jochen Neerpasch, Jack Sears, Jo Schlesser, Dick Thompson and Sir John Whitmore.
'Alan Mann was probably one of the finest team tacticians in motor racing... a man who thought on his feet, and he moulded a team in which both drivers and mechanics trusted him implicitly.' - Graham Gauld & Sir John Whitmore, Gentleman Jack: The Official Biography of Jack Sears
All of the Daytona Cobras will come together for the very first time at the Goodwood Revival in September.
"I've wanted to drive one since I was a little boy. We're so proud to have this as part of our history and we can't wait to see all 6 together later this year!" - Henry Mann
Alan Mann Racing continues its association with Ford to this day, preparing, racing and winning with a variety of 1960s Fords in historic racing all over Europe.
ALAN MANN RACING (AMR) - Titles and Honours:
- 1964 Rallye de Monte Carlo – runner up by Bo Ljungfeldt in a Ford Falcon (won every special stage, a feat not repeated to this day)
- 1964 Tour de France Automobile, Touring Division – won by Peter Proctor and Andrew Cowan in a Ford Mustang
- 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers, Over 2000cc Division – won by Ford, Shelby & AMR
- 1965 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Roy Pierpoint in a Ford Mustang prepared by AMR
- 1965 European Touring Car Challenge – won by Sir John Whitmore in a Ford/Lotus Cortina
- 1967 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford Falcon Sprint entered by AMR
- 1968 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA
- 1969 British Saloon Car Championship – runner up by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA
- 2011 Masters Historic pre-1966 Touring Cars – won by Henry Mann in a Ford/Lotus Cortina
Cars for Film and Television work:
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Doppelgänger (Gerry Anderson, 1969) & UFO (1970)
- Day of The Champion (1965 unfinished Steve McQueen F1 project)