Andrew Cowan (left) and Peter Procter - proud winners of
the thrilling Tour de France
The DPK7B licensed Tour de France Mustang #83 finished the
most famous european rallye first and was big promotion hit for FORDs
Total Performance project only topped by the 1967 Le Mans victory of the
GT40ies. After the race it was sent back to the US immediately by
airfreight. Picture courtesy Ford.
The Alan Mann team with Fords racing chief Jacque H. Passino at the
Winners ceremony 1964. Peter Procter holding the diplome. On the right
Bo Ljungfeldt, who did not finish in the third Mustang DPK5B with Sager.
Picture courtesy Bernard Cahier
The June 24th. Manufacturers confirmation letter for the
homologation application, signed by Jacque H. Passino and George Merwin
Document collection W.Kohrn, courtesy Alan Mann
The History of
the TDF class winning Mustang #83
The DPK7B licenced Mustang started its racing career in August 1964, after being shipped over in July by Ford to Alan Mann Racing Ltd. With the Tour de France starting on 11th of September, Alan Mann had not much time to modify the cars, but Ford wanted to see them winning, so time was no excuse and so was money. Alan Mann got all he needed plus more to get these cars up in front of the racing herd.
The 4 Mustangs at the Tour de France 1964. From the
beginning in Reims they lead the pack. Up front here the 3 Alan Mann
prepared Mustangs, a little behind the Ford France entered Mustang.
In this picture second placed DPK6B is still up front
before DPK5B and DPK7B and the Ford of France/Henri Greder Mustang (Picture
This car is the most mysterious one of the 4 Tour de France Mustangs and has not
surfaced so far nor been traced down after 1965.
The winning TDF car had been backordered by Jaques H. Passino and Henri
Carlini to the US and then on to Canada to the Comstock racing team immediately after the TDF in September 1964.
John Grant, ex-mechanic of Alan Man remembers, that the car was pulled
immediately after the winning ceremony and send back to the US by
Car and Driver tested the car while being at the Comstock racing team
in Canada together with their own race Mustang and described it as a
clapped out worn TDF car. The Tour de France had certainly took its toll
on this car. However it was not pictured in that article.
The only appearance we currently know of, was at the November 29th, 1964
Nassau Speed Week, where Skip Scott drove this still DPK7B licenced
Mustang with the door number #199.
Picture courtesy Henry Ford History
Picture courtesy Sports Car Graphics
It was entered with a
"bubble" hood and some body alterations at a February 1965
Picture courtesy David Friedman
Skip Scott unfortunately passed away in 2003 as we learned.
The car has probably been parted out and been scrapped, but
one never knows.
a lot of research about the further history, most lead to a dead end.
The Comstock owned own notchback was sold to a racer Favreaux.
Rumours and tidbits:
One of these
other rumours was the DPK7B car being used from A.J. Foyt for the first
T/A as it has similar radiused fenders, the other being returned to
Holman Moody, the third one it being returned to Europe.
The A.J. Foyt link could not be confirmed.
However a saloo car shell was imported by Ken Baker from the US to build
Jacky Oliviers 66 Mustang racer.
red HM car that Lee had in mind when I asked him in 2014 with a 32 gallon
tank turned out to be 66 Shelby #16 in red livery in 2015, when it was
found. It is already identified.
At least a
licence plate sticker turned up with DPK7B printed on a car in the Netherlands
with the Frami team and racer Akersloot on a two color shade car, which
resembles the van der Ende Mustang bought from Ronny Lion (ex Brabham
car). As well a temelet fuel injection turned up, so far only 2 Mustang
sets are known.
We think that the
licence DPK7B was just used for exporting a car from UK
to the Netherlands, a common practice back then.
But it could be that it
was indeed DPK7B, rebuilt with the Temelet fuel injection at HM.
We had a
statement from a famous dutch racer years back of a burnt Mustang that was scrapped at the
Frami garage, which is still not identified clearly. Could be Sir Gawaine
It may have been DPK7B, if it ever returned indeed.
The return maybe logical with the tax exemption that was made. Could be
that Ford found out, the car had to be returned after Skip Scotts usage to
UK to solve the issues. And DR Fabrications or Alan Mann ended up with it
We know the Brabham car was sold from Ronny
Lyon to a dutch team (n a maroon/gold
shade. Both cars are subject to further clarification in the near future
by Jan v. Alsemgeest. Follow his further research on the Autosport
Forum/Nostalgia for the BTCC Mustangs.