We are very excited to share our latest shirt design. Graphic Designer Brandon Ort put together this fantastic tribute to the 24 Hours of LeMans-winning 1967 Ford GT40 MkIV. The number one car, driven by Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt, crushed the field.
The Mark IV had an all new chassis versus the Marks I and II, which were built in England. The GT40 MkIV chassis was designed and built in the United States.The MkIV had a low-drag body and a big-block 427 cubic inch (7 liter) Ford engine, which propelled the car to 220 mph down the Mulsanne Straight.
Ford decided for 1967 they would only enter the 12 and 24 hour races that were part of the championship. They took the viewpoint that Daytona and Sebring were really test runs for the only race that really mattered - Le Mans. But the 1967 World Sportscar Championship season didn’t started well for Ford. Ferrari dominated the first round at the Daytona 24 Hour race, finishing 1-2-3. Carroll Shelby and Ford executives knew what had to be done. They ended up winning the 12 Hours of Sebring six weeks later.
Going into LeMans,The team had to fabricate a roof bubble to accommodate the helmet of Dan Gurney, who stood more than 6’3" tall. The Gurney / Foyt team outright dominated Ferrari. In one famous incident which took place in the middle of the night, Gurney had already developed a 4-lap / 34 mile lead over the second-place Ferrari, so he geared back to preserve his car. Michael Parkes, driving the second Ferrari 330 P4, came up behind Gurney, and for several laps flashed his lights in Gurney's mirrors until Gurney simply pulled off into the grass at Arnage corner. Parkes stopped behind him, and the two race leaders sat there, in the dark, motionless, until Parkes finally realized his attempt to provoke Gurney wasn't going to work. After a few moments, he pulled around Gurney and resumed the race, with Gurney following shortly. With the cat-and-mouse game done, they both maintained their positions to the finish. The win remains the sole all-American victory at Le Mans - an American-built car, prepared by an American team, and driven by American drivers - AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney. They led all but the first 90 minutes of the race.
When Gurney walked onto the podium, he was handed the traditional magnum of champagne. He looked down and saw Ford CEO Henry Ford II, team owner Carroll Shelby, their wives, and several journalists who had predicted disaster for the high-profile duo of Gurney and Foyt. Many of the journalists had predicted the two drivers, who were heated competitors in the United States, would break their car trying to better one another. In that moment on the podium, Gurney shook the bottle and sprayed everyone nearby, thus creating the champagne-spraying tradition reenacted in victory celebrations around the world over ever since.
Brandon Ort’s design incorporates the incredible statistics of the LeMans victory. The winning Foy / Gurney car is printed on a high-quality American Apparel Navy blue crew neck tee.
We will be taking orders for this shirt design until FEBRUARY 20! Place your order today!
All our shirts are printed on high quality American Apparel tees. They are made and printed in the USA. Available in men's and women's sizes.
An ultra-soft, ultra-comfy T-shirt that feels like you’ve owned it for years the moment you put it on, and for years to come.
Poly-Cotton (50% Polyester / 50% Cotton) construction (Heather Grey contains 10% Polyester) • Durable rib neckband • Fits slimmer
See the shirt on the American Apparel site