This beautiful Ford GT40 Gulf poster is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the very first Le Mans title won by a car sponsored by the Gulf Oil Corporation.

It happened back in 1968, just after Ford won at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967.  At that time, Ford USA decided to withdraw from sports car racing. In turn, Gulf Oil took over the sponsorship of the newly acquired GT40 race team – J.W. Automotive Engineering. Their racing car was painted in the now-iconic combination of Gulf Powder Blue and Marigold Orange.

The Ford GT40 Gulf represented in this poster is among the very few vehicles which won Le Mans twice. Chassis #1075 is one of the three Mirage GT40s ever built. At first Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi took the title in 1968. A year later, in 1969 Jackie Oliver and Jacky Ickx won Le Mans in the same car leaving behind Porsche 908.

Ford GT40 1968 Le Mans Collage

This Ford GT40 Gulf poster is paying tribute to a legendary achievement.

This particular car was the first one to utilize composite materials like carbon fibre. Back in the '60s, lightweight materials were a genuine innovation. The first win came in 1968 in an unusually cold and wet race that was held in late summer due to political instability in France. Chassis #1075 held the lead for 17 of the 24 hours and the car performed flawlessly. The following year the Belgian Jacky Ickx and the Brit Jackie Oliver crossed the finishing line first again.

That year it was the Belgian pilot who refused to perform the running Le Mans start, which forced pilots to lock their seat belts in motion. Earlier in the season, a British driver was killed in an accident before he has the chance to buckle up. In the act of protest, Ickx carefully strapped himself before setting off.

You can have a stunning reminder of this story as a beautiful Ford GT40 Gulf poster created by Stamatis Tsirdimos and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

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