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Re: Hit da' link #2
Ken Miles was robbed in 1966 by Henry Ford II. By the time the 24 Hours of LeMans came around, Ken had won the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring with Lloyd Ruby as co-driver. At LeMans he could have been the first and still only man to win all three endurance races in the same year....or at all, possibly (I'd have to look that up). Lloyd Ruby had injured himself in a crash in another race so Ken got a different co-driver (Denny Hulme). Miles & Hulme were a couple of laps in the lead with only a few hours to go. Ferrari had all dropped out or were hopelessly behind. It became obvious that Ford was going to win 1-2-3. The Deuce ordered that Miles slow down so the second place car could catch him and finish in a dead heat. Race officials initially agreed that would be OK but later reneged and said that it was impossible to have a tie since one car started farther back and would therefore have traveled a farther distance. But no one told the drivers about the officials change of opinion so Ken ended up getting 2nd place in a race he had in the bag simply because he was a team guy and did what he was told. Miles was a terrific driver and did a lot of work to get the Ford cars up to snuff for international racing. He deserved better. A few months later he was dead when a new Ford race car he was testing came apart. Makes me mad every time I think about it.