GT40 Enthusiasts Club.
Back in the the early 60's endurance motor racing was helping to make the names of companies such as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari and others. The Ford Motor Company decided that it needed to promote its image and therefore Henry Ford after failing to buy Ferrari gave instructions for the GT40 to be developed to compete and win the sportcar championship and the most important race of that time the 24 hours at Le Mans. Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, U.K. was formed to develope and manufacture the car and with the envolvment of Caroll Shelby the GT40 first won Le Mans in 1966. Henry Ford had another requirement and in 1967 the GT40 won again this time with the Mk.4 version of the car which was intirely designed, built and driven to its victory by Americans thus fulfilling his desire. In 1968 GT40 racing was taken up by the Gulf Oil company after Ford withdrew from racing and again were victorious at Le Mans, they went on to win in 1969 to make it victory at Le Mans four years running and thus securing its place in the history books.
The original GT40's that survive are now very sought after and command prices of between £250,000 (US$500,000) and £5,000,000 (US$10,000,000) and are therefore beyond the reach of all but the fortunate. The GT40 replicas cost between £20,000 (US$40,000) and £80,000 (US$160,000) and usually take thier owners several years to complete. The replica GT40 offers an affordable alternative to the original cars.
The club was formed in 1985 by a small group of people who had or were building GT40 replicas. Originally the club was called the GT40 Replica Owners Club and then later this was revised to GT40 Replica Club as we had several members who were enthusiasts without owning cars, today we are called GT40 Enthusiasts Club as we also have members who own original GT40's as well as replicas and those who are enthusiasts without owning a GT40. We are an International Club with members in USA, Europe, Australia, and many countries around the world. The largest group is the membership in the UK were the club is based. In the UK we have regional centres with monthly meetings, we regularly attend car shows, track events and take our cars onto the race circuits regularly. We are trying to arrange annual meetings in the major centres of our membership in the various countrys around the world as a prelude to more regular meetings and events.
The club exists to provide help and assistance to its members in the building and maintainance of their GT40 replica and original Ford GT40 and Ford GT cars. It provides assistance to locate parts and technical help. We organise track events, road tours and exhibitions and make holiday packages available to members, these including an annual trip to tour France and attend the 24 hours endurance race at Le Mans for which the GT40 was designed and built to compete at and win which it did very convincingly in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. We produce a club magazine "Fortyfication" which is sent to all members. The club is an international organisation with members in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and many other countries.