24H Du Mans 1966 was the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 18 and 19. Drivers were still on the starting grid formula, running to the respective cars as the umpire gave beginning to the race. This kind of procedure was finally abolished in 1970 for security reason. Ford took place with the squadron of MK IIs, while Ferrari sent only two works P3s to compete against the Ford armada. The race was won for Ford. For the first time in history an American car had won Le Mans. At the finish, Ford decided to stage publicity photo between Miles/Hulme and McLaren/Amon with the No. 5 following, as the scene of diorama represents. The well-known photography published by the Ford Motor Company showing McLaren leading Miles [...]
The car was introduced partway into the 1970 season, driven by Jochen Rindt and John Miles. Rindt made the car successful, winning the Dutch, French, British and German Grand Prix in quick succession.
Rindt was almost certainly going to win the world championship but was killed in a qualifying crash at Monza, driving the 72 with its wings removed.
His replacement, Emerson Fittipaldi won the USA race, helping Rindt become F1's only posthumous World Champion. Rindt and Fittipaldi's combined points for the season helped Lotus to its fourth constructors' championship.[...]
For 1979, a more thoroughly prepared set of competition 512 BBs was made available. Known as the Ferrari 512 BB LM, these factory-developed machines had new bodies shaped in the Pininfarina wind tunnel.
The nose was extended, a new roofline ran to the back of the extended tail, and a wing for additional downforce was placed at the rear.
They were almost 18 inches longer than the roadgoing 512 Boxer, and weighed some 1,235 pounds less. Flared fenders covered 10-inch wheels up front, 13s in back. The fuel-injected 5.0-liter flat-12 pumped out 480 horsepower, 120 above the stock motor.[...]