Le Mans, France, June 18-19, 1966 – World Sportscar Championship, Round 7.
Bruce McLaren’s cars would soon dominate Can-Am (previous spread) and the man himself would secure the 1967 and 1969 titles. Before this all played out, the cheerful Kiwi and countryman Chris Amon gave the Ford Motor Company the victory it coveted the most, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The all-black (with silver stripes) GT40 led home the similar car of Ken Miles and Denny Hulme, giving New Zealand its greatest day in international motorsport – certainly to that point, arguably of all time. Fifty years on, Ford returned to the French classic with a new-age version of the GT40, the GT, and won the LMGTE class.