Ford J Car Miles
Miles died in a testing accident in the j car later to become the mk iv at riverside ca raceway just two months later.
Ford j car miles. In real life the car suddenly flipped crashed and caught fire for reasons that ve never been fully determined to this. Miles really did go from driving. Miles eventually had no choice but to turn his focus to the lone remaining top level racing project at shelby american leading to ford s factory backed wins in 1966 and 1967 the latter of. Upii veteran sports car racer ken miles 47.
This design had some major aerodynamic flaws that became readily apparent a few months later during testing at riverside california when the car looped at high speed then flipped and ejected miles from the car killing him instantly. These included an aluminum honeycomb chassis construction and a bread van body design that experimented with. The fame for ken miles after ford s victory over ferrari at le mans 1966 was short lived. The car broke into pieces and burst into flames upon impact.
Ford j car at daytona 1966 that is ken miles in 1966 doing testing at daytona in the ford j car. Two months later he was killed test driving a ford j car at a california raceway. Sadly just a few months after ford defeats ferrari at the 1966 le mans and he misses out on being the individual winner on a technicality miles is killed while testing out a new ford vehicle the j car at the at riverside international raceway in southern california. The car broke into pieces and ejected miles killing him instantly as the car suffered precisely the sort of crash damage the honeycomb construction was designed to prevent.
Miles death occurred at the wheel of the ford j car an iteration of the gt40 that included several unique features. Ferrari miles son peter who idolizes his dad is there on august 16 1966 at the riverside raceway along with carroll shelby to work on the experimental ford j car that is being developed so. Ford officials under pressure after the second of two fatal accidents in the program in five months.
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