Ford GT40 Gulf fine motorsport art and limited edition prints
Ford GT40 Gulf ‘ is a fine art canvas 24″ x 36″ of a Ford Shelby GT40 in Gulf colours painted to celbrate the massive battle between the two factory teams Ford Vs Ferrari in the epic Le Mans 24 hour race where Ford aimed to smash Enzo Ferraris dominace and indeed managed to get a 1,2,3 finish. Click here to see a Ford GT40 getting a ‘shakedown’ at Goodwood. All of the limited edition prints come with a signed certificate of authenticity and would make a great fathers day gifts idea.
Ford GT40 Gulf History
In 1967, the CSI changed regulations such that a three-litre capacity limit was imposed on prototypes which eliminated the big 427 Ford GT40’s. Luckily, J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. and Gulf Oil, under the capable direction of J W Engineering, saw more potential in the GT40 platform as a Group 4 sports car and extended their GT40 program.
J W modified two of their lightweight GT40s from the 1967 season known as the Mirage M1s. These kept their lightweight chassis, but used carbon-fiber reinforced bodywork that outwardly mimicked the original GT40 Mk I. The following year in 1968 competition came from the Porsche 908 which was the first prototype built for the 3-liter Group 6.
The result of the 1968 year was a resounding success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi having a clear lead over the Porsches. The season began slowly for JW, losing at Sebring and Daytona before taking their first win at the BOAC International 500 at Brands Hatch. Later victories included the Grand Prix de Spa, 21st Annual Watkins Glen Sports Car Road Race and the 1000 km di Monza.
About the artist
Martin Allen is a London based emerging artist. Martin came to oil painting through a circuitous route, having drawn for most of his life and being largely self-taught he was eventually re-introduced to oil painting as a preferred medium to create his varied and diverse work. The methods he uses to paint are classic ones, using layered paint applications rounded off by oil glazes. These create, add depth and harmonise colours. He has shown solo numerous times at Goodwood, The Affordable Art Fair and others, been a finalist at the ‘London art Biennale 2019’, alongside various commissions including work for the BP Shipping collection, and most recently been seen in Vogue magazine.
Martins’ work was also shown in the ‘Soho Scandalous’ exhibition at Blacks Club in London along with the The London Fashion Show with Runway-Gallery.