We are very sad to report that 1966 Le Mans race winner Chris Amon died last week in his native New Zealand. After a 13 year stint in F1, Amon turned his hand to endurance racing, where he took the wheel of the famous Ford GT40, guiding the car alongside team mate and fellow countryman Bruce McLaren to it’s first of 4 consecutive wins. The supercar also finished 1,2,3 in 1966. Amon praised the car by saying, “the 1966 car was very stable, literally, you could drive down the straight one-handed at 220mph, and it never deviated.” After retiring, he continued to work in the automotive industry in his homeland, with a spell as a consultant for Toyota, a stint on a motoring show and aiding the development of the country’s Taupo Motorsport Park.
Chris Amon will forever be remembered as a motor racing, Le Mans and Ford legend, and without him at the wheel, the GT40 may not be remembered as the car it is today.
Source – http://www.topgear.com/car-news/chris-amon-1966-le-mans-winner-has-died – 10/08/2016