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Ford GT40 history discussed at Watkins Glen

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Ford GT40s finish 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967. Photo courtesy Ford Motorsports History.

A half-century after the Ford Motor Company shocked the world by sweeping the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York, will present a discussion on Ford’s historic Ferrari-stopper, the GT40 Mk. II, by author Preston Lerner. The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at the Racing Research Center, which is located at 610 S. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen.

Lerner is the author of Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans, and has bylines on racing history in publications as varied as Sports Illustrated, Wired, Smithsonian and The New York Times. He teamed with longtime Hemmings contributor and photojournalist Dave Friedman to create the GT40 book, which received strong, positive reviews.

Ford GT40 Mk IV at Le Mans 1967

Proving that the 1966 win was no fluke, A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drove a GT40 Mk. IV to victory at Le Mans in 1967. Photo courtesy Ford Motorsports History.

Those unable to travel to Watkins Glen to see the presentation in person can watch it via a live feed on YouTube ( and also on the Center’s website ( After the event, the content will be archived on the IMRRC’s YouTube channel for future viewing.

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of Lerner’s talk, which is free to the public. For more information, visit