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James Elliott
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Re: the GT70, yes I was lucky enough to drive one for a feature. The only bad bit of the experience was Jean Todt's unwillingness to be interviewed about his time in it with Mazet. He probably didn't think it was that high on his list of achievements!

I'll come back on the car in greater detail on Monday.

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James Elliott wrote:

Re: the GT70, yes I was lucky enough to drive one for a feature. The only bad bit of the experience was Jean Todt's unwillingness to be interviewed about his time in it with Mazet. He probably didn't think it was that high on his list of achievements!

I'll come back on the car in greater detail on Monday.

Which Monday James?

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OK, Tuesday then.

As Chris has said, according to, er, me in my November 2002 feature on the GT70 there six of them, one bought and run from new by Gates of Woodford.

To summarise:

Dreamed up by Roger Clark and Stuart Turner after being taken to the cleaners by the rear and mid engined stuff on the 1970 Monte.

Made reality by Len Bailey (who else?) with glassfibre body over much criticised (for being too flexible) pressed-steel platform chassis with tubular bracing, all-independent suspension and a kerb weight of 765kg.

Walter Hayes sold the concept to the board, with a promise of selling 500 a year at $5000 apiece and was given the go-ahead to build six.

Debut made at Brussels in January 1971 with a Cologne V6 and ZF five-speed box the preferred option, though other engine options would be available and it didn't take long for the BDA and Hewland combination to rise to the top.

Rally debut: 1971 Ronde Cévenole with Clark. Retired with blown engine.

Run without distinction in France by Guy Chasseuil for the whole season.

Briefly shone on the Tour de France (Mazet/Todt) before hitting a bridge.

And that was it...

So, the six:

One written off on the TdF

Two shipped to Basil Green (of Capri Perana fame) in South Africa.

One to Gates of Woodford.

One rebodied and shown at Turin in 1971.

One retained by Ford and stashed in a West London warehouse before being restored (this was chassis 4, the BDA and Weber equipped car that I drove).

As Stuart Turner said way back when: "In retrospect I'd have to say that Roger and I got exactly what we asked for. We just weren't astute enough in what we asked for."

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Henryk wrote:
Back on the subject Ford GT70 ihave just come acoss a black &white photograph off the said car Reg No LEV70J dose any one recognise the car Henryk

 

LEV 70J was the prototype car, the one that was given the model's first test in public with Roger Clark behind the wheel and Stuart Turner in the passenger seat.

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