Road course competition was like international chess in the 1960s. There were battles for supremacy in virtually all classes and we’re not talking driver versus driver competition, we’re talking international corporation versus international corporation and country versus country. Shelby was hell bent on humiliating Enzo Ferrari at every bent corner course in the known universe, companies like Lotus and Chaparral fought wheel to wheel for honor, and some of the greatest names to ever roll around a track were trading insults, paint and blood in front of huge crowds.
The 12 hours of Sebring remains one of the globe’s “must win” races for professional road racers. In 1965, the elements combined to create a race like none before. A tremendous rain storm dumped inches of liquid on the track, swamping portions of it, but the race carried on. Between the field and the conditions, this is one of the most historic road races of all time.
Watch all five parts of this period documentary below, it rules!