Overlooking the Ford pits prior to the race start.
Dan Gurney prepares walk across the track ahead of the traditional “Le Mans start”.
Fritz Huschke von Hanstein, Porsche’s PR manager, stands beside the #32 996.
Ken Miles in the pits before the start of the race.
Lined up for the start of race, Henry Ford II with flag in hand preparing to let loose the pack.
The Sir John Whitmore/Frank Gardner Ford GT40 leads the pack on front straight at the start of race.
The start of race.
The Ron Bucknum/Dick Hutcherson GT40 #5, which would eventually cross the line in third.
The Sir John Whitmore/Frank Gardner GT40 through the Esses.
Ken Miles (right) waits to take over from Denis Hulme in the #2.
The Mario Andretti/Lucien Bianchi GT40, entered by Holman & Moody, rounding Mulsanne Corner. It retired after 97 laps.
Ken Miles, co-driver of the #1 with Denis Hulme.
Ken Miles chats with Charlie Agapiou, crew chief of the #1.
The Chris Amon/Bruce McLaren GT40 – eventual winners – rounding the Mulsanne Corner.
The Bucknum/Hutcherson Ford GT40 MKII in the pits.
Frank Gardner, co-driver of the Alan Mann Racing Ford GT 40 #8
Make way for the winning car.
The winning car is eased through to the victor’s rostrum.
Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and Henry Ford II on the victory rostrum.
Bruce McLaren (L), Henry Ford II, and Chris Amon (R) on the victory rostrum.
With grateful thanks to the Ford Motor Company and the Henry Ford Archives for their cooperation in the sourcing of photographs to illustrate this gallery. Newly discovered film footage from the 1966 race also features on the Ford Performance website.
Read the fascinating and controversial finish-line story to this race in David Greenhalgh’s feature on The Golden Mystery.