12 Hours of Sebring
In 1965, the Ford Motor Company was using all the resources at its disposal to beat the might of Ferrari in international endurance racing. After winning its first race at Daytona, the Ford GT was looking for a repeat a month later at the notoriously rough Sebring circuit.
Under the Supervision of Carrol Shelby, Ford brought two GT40s and four Cobra Daytona Coupes to challenge the Ferraris, Porches, and Corvette Grand Sports. Drivers including Dan Gurney, Bruce McLaren, Mark Donahue, Graham Hill, Pedro Rodriguez, Ken Miles, and Phil Hill were ready to see who would take the checkered flag at the end of 12 grueling hours of racing.
But Jim Hall, one of the most innovative race car designers of all time, had other ideas. He and his partner, Hap Sharp, had entered their radical sports racer, the Chaparral. The question on everyone’s mind was: “Could the fragile, but extremely fast, sports car go the distance?” And, more important, “What if it rains?”
Take a trip back in time as the story of this memorable race is told through photographs and the remembrances of people who were there. (Jacket Cover)
Text by Dave Friedman and Harry Hurst
Photographs by Dave Freidman
Forward by Jim Hall